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How do I get my dog to stop sleeping on the couch when we're gone? He stands up on the couch and sets off my motion detector! I can't put a mouse trap there, as I also have a cat, who sleeps on the couch. Help!

Ė Alarmed

A mouse trap — yikes! Donít go there! Here are a few suggestions to keep your dog off the couch while youíre away.

First: Is your dog allowed on the couch when youíre home? If so, this can be confusing to him. If you like to snuggle with your dog on the couch, reserve a blanket just for those times and put it on the couch when you want the dog to join you. Heíll learn to understand that the blanket means "youíre invited" and the absence of the blanket means "stay off."

Next: Every time your dog sneaks onto the couch when youíre not home, it reinforces the idea that itís okay to do so. Therefore, you need to keep him from getting up on the couch. The best way to do this is to confine him in an area where he canít get to it. Make sure you provide him with a nice fluffy dog bed (if heís not a chewer) so that he has a cozy spot to cuddle up in.

If you canít keep him away from the couch, then you have to make it uncomfortable for him while youíre away. One way is to go to an office supply store and get one of those plastic mats that go under rolling office chairs. Itís usually clear plastic and has little plastic "teeth" on one side. Put it on the couch "teeth" side up and cover it with a sheet (not the blanket that means "youíre invited up"). He will definitely change his mind about how comfortable the couch is!

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