Training Your Pets Not to Get on the Furniture

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Pets and furniture don’t always mix, and pet owners have many reasons they may not want their furry family members to make themselves comfortable on a recliner, sofa or chair. Not only can pets cause stains and odors on furniture, but claws cause snags and tears, shed fur clings to upholstery and pets can even be in danger of falls and injuries if they aren’t able to jump on and off furniture safely. But how can you keep your pets off the furniture? It isn’t an impossible task, but it is one that will take dedicated effort and careful training.

  • Start Early
    It is easiest to keep pets off the furniture if they never learn that they can get comfortable on it in the first place. Starting training right away with kittens and puppies will teach them to stay off furniture when they are most impressionable. In the case of adopted older pets, training should start from the very minute they arrive at their new home.
  • Use Firm Commands
    When training a pet to stay off the furniture, a simple, firm “OFF” command is best. Use the command every time you must block your pet from getting on the furniture, and whenever you have to remove them. When they obey the command, reward their good behavior with a friendly pat or tasty treat to reinforce that they’ve done well.
  • Provide Pets Their Own Furniture
    Give your pet their own comfortable furniture to use and they may feel less inclined to usurp human furniture. A soft, cozy bed or oversized pillow, pet-friendly blankets, a luxurious kitty condo – all of these pieces can give your pet a comfortable place to lounge where they know they are welcome. Train them to return to this dedicated space and reward them when they follow commands.
  • Come to Their Level
    Your pet may be trying to get on the furniture because it wants to be close to you. Do not invite pets to jump up on your lap as you sit on furniture, or they may think they’re welcome every time. Instead, get off the furniture and pay attention to your pet while on the floor at their level.
  • Make Furniture Uncomfortable
    Pets may sneak onto furniture when you’re not around, but you can make it less comfortable for them. Plastic covers, double-sided tape on upholstery, sharp or bitter smelling sprays, even simply upending cushions so they can’t be used are all easy tricks that can make your pets less likely to lounge on the furniture.
  • Consider Deterrent Devices
    Startling or scaring your pet can be effective to keep them off furniture, and there are simple alarms you can buy to deter your pet. A homemade version is stacking tin cans on the furniture that your pet will knock off when they jump up – the unexpected noisy crash will scare them away, at least temporarily. Just be sure such a scare won’t traumatize them too much, which could create other behavioral difficulties.
  • Crate Your Pet
    To ensure pets don’t sneak on to forbidden furniture, train them to be content in a crate at night or when you must be away from home and the furniture will be untended. Include comfortable bedding in the crate, as well as fresh, clean water and a treat or toy to keep your pet occupied, and they won’t miss the furniture so much.

Consistency is key when training your pets not to get on the furniture – every family member should exhibit the same firmness and discourage pets from furniture. Using several techniques simultaneously can help reinforce the message to your pets even more, and eventually they will learn it is better and more comfortable to stay off the furniture entirely.

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Nutrition Matters: Communicating the Value of Nutrition in Pet Health

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We know you accomplish a lot during that short office visit and try to use that time as efficiently and effectively as possible. But is something missing? Regular nutritional assessment and counseling can be a vital link in the chain of preventive care, but it’s often overlooked or skipped.

Good nutrition enhances pets’ quality and quantity of life, and is integral to optimal animal care. Incorporating nutritional assessment into regular animal care is critical to maintaining pets’ health, as well as their response to disease and injury. It requires little to no additional time or cost, and enhances your clients’ perception of the value of the care they receive.

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Pet Boarding from Our Los Angeles Veterinarian and Staff Provides Comfort and Security

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In order to provide the very best pet care during each pet boarding stay, we maintain certain requirements in order to ensure the safety and security of all of our guests. First of all, we require that all pets be completely up-to-date on their vaccinations, and that they have received an additional bordetella vaccination (against “kennel cough”) sometime in the past six months. We also require each of our guests to have maintained a proper flea and tick prevention regimen so that they are pest-free. This helps maintain the safety and comfort of all of our pet boarding guests.

We want your pet to feel comfortable and important in our pet housing area. We can provide a high-quality dry pet food for your pet while he or she is with us, or you can bring your pet’s food that he or she is used to. Naturally, you are also welcome to bring a favorite toy or blanket to ease your pet’s transition to being away from home. Usually, though, our guests are so excited to meet their fellow boarders and have their playtime and walks that they are having fun with us in no time. If desired, you can also have us take care of pet grooming while your pet stays with us. Grooming is important for your pet’s health, and it adds an extra level of pampering that makes your pet feel special during his or her stay.

One of the best things about having your pet stay with us while you are away is peace of mind. When a pet stays with us, our veterinarian is always on hand in case anything should happen. This is particularly comforting for pet owners who have pets with certain medical conditions. Our entire staff is trained in administering medications and maintaining special pet care for guests that have any special medical concerns.

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Pet Boarding Services Offer Premium Pet Care

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Here at Century Veterinary Group in Los Angeles, we have a spacious, comfortable pet housing facility that not only provides safe, enjoyable surroundings, but a team of veterinary professionals who know what pets need and want to feel comfortable. Our pet boarding team plays and care for your pets during their stay with us, and we can even take care of other pet care needs such as pet grooming at the same time. If you are worried about a medical condition or anything happening to your pet during your absence, you have peace of mind knowing that your pet’s veterinarian, who knows your pet and his or her needs in particular, is right there to help if the need arises.

Pet Boarding from Our Los Angeles Veterinarian and Staff Provides Comfort and Security

In order to provide the very best pet care during each pet boarding stay, we maintain certain requirements in order to ensure the safety and security of all of our guests. First of all, we require that all pets be completely up-to-date on their vaccinations, and that they have received an additional bordetella vaccination (against “kennel cough”) sometime in the past six months. We also require each of our guests to have maintained a proper flea and tick prevention regimen so that they are pest-free. This helps maintain the safety and comfort of all of our pet boarding guests.

We want your pet to feel comfortable and important in our pet housing area. We can provide a high-quality dry pet food for your pet while he or she is with us, or you can bring your pet’s food that he or she is used to. Naturally, you are also welcome to bring a favorite toy or blanket to ease your pet’s transition to being away from home. Usually, though, our guests are so excited to meet their fellow boarders and have their playtime and walks that they are having fun with us in no time. If desired, you can also have us take care of pet grooming while your pet stays with us. Grooming is important for your pet’s health, and it adds an extra level of pampering that makes your pet feel special during his or her stay.

One of the best things about having your pet stay with us while you are away is peace of mind. When a pet stays with us, our veterinarian is always on hand in case anything should happen. This is particularly comforting for pet owners who have pets with certain medical conditions. Our entire staff is trained in administering medications and maintaining special pet care for guests that have any special medical concerns.

Please call us today at 310-734-0176 to ask about pet boarding.

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