We’ve lost the Sofa Wars. Officially.
Actually, we surrendered. Willingly.
All the training books tell us that dogs should only be allowed on furniture when invited. We followed that directive to the letter for months. Months.
Most of the time she stayed on the floor, but every couple of days we’d find her quietly lying on the sofa, all snuggled up in the various throws. (We’re big on throws – we LOVE nestling underneath them! So why wouldn’t Daisy?) It was adorable!
We always felt so bad making her get down from her warm, snuggly perch; after all, part of a Havachon’s natural instinct is to find the highest point and survey her turf from above, making sure all is well in Havachon-land. Finally, we thought – “Hey, what are we fighting for? We like her up here, this works for us, why can’t we bend the rules a bit?”
So we did. We bent them into a pretzel. (I’m sorry, Jan Fennell! I lose one gold star!) Qualifier (aka “excuse”): I believe in picking my battles; whether with dogs, kids, or other adults, I feel it’s only necessary to fight the good fight in the face of serious wrong-doing or potential harm. This was neither.
BUT – there is a payoff from all that original rule-enforcement: when one of us is on the sofa, she never comes up without “asking permission” first. She sits on the floor near us with those perky ears raised and big brown eyes boring a hole through us. When we look at her, she rears up on her hind legs and glances from us to the sofa a couple of times. Then if we say, “Okay, come on up” and tap the sofa, up she comes, one happy little Havachon. But if we say, “No, down”, she backs off, gives us a few annoyed grumbles, and retreats to her blanket refuge.
Works for us! 🙂