Dogs are a lot of fun, but they can destroy your patio furniture. Even though dogs love to spend time outside, it is important that you make sure that they do not ruin your beautiful outdoor furniture. There are many ways for you to keep your dog off the patio so that you can enjoy it for years to come.
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How to keep dogs off patio furniture?
As a dog guardian, one of the most important things you can do to keep your patio furniture safe is to make sure that your dog has a place to sleep, eat and play. If your pet doesn’t have anywhere better to go than the furniture, they’re going to continue using it.
You’ve probably heard this before: if there’s no place for them in the house and no other option, they’ll just use what’s available. The same applies when it comes to keeping them off patio furniture—if you don’t provide an alternative space for them out on the deck or porch, they’ll continue climbing up onto what they see as a good spot (your couch).
Spray the furniture with bitter apple
You can also try spraying the furniture with bitter apple, lemon juice, vinegar, peppermint oil or lavender oil.
While these methods are effective in getting rid of most chewing behaviors in dogs, they’re not guaranteed to work on every dog every time. Some dogs just don’t like the taste or smell of certain things enough to avoid them for good. Moreover, some dog owners don’t think it’s fair for their pets to have such unpleasant tastes forced upon their tongues—especially since these smells are sometimes so strong that they linger long after you’ve cleaned up the mess from your patio furniture!
Scent-train your dog
Scent-training your dog is a great way to teach them where they can and cannot go in the house. By spraying a mixture of water and vinegar (which smells very unpleasant to dogs) on objects you want them to stay away from, like furniture or plants, you’ll be able to keep dogs off patio furniture by training them not to approach these places when they smell your discouraging scent. The best part about this method is that it’s non-invasive and simple—you simply spray the mixture onto surfaces using either an empty spray bottle or a towel that’s been soaked with the liquid. Then all you have to do is let your dog know what their new boundaries are!
Cover it up
If you want to keep your patio furniture from being destroyed by dogs, consider covering it up. There are a few different ways to do this, including using a blanket or towels, making sure the furniture is clean before applying the cover and using an old sheet or blanket. You can also use a waterproof cover such as one made of vinyl or plastic. Another option is to purchase furniture covers for your couch and chairs that are specifically designed for dogs. Furry friends will still be able to rest comfortably on their own beds without destroying yours!
Enforce a house rule
If you have a dog that’s prone to climbing on your patio furniture, it’s time to enforce some house rules. Start by setting clear expectations: if your pup gets up on the couch or chairs, it needs to come down. Explain what will happen if they don’t listen and make sure everyone in your household is on board with these rules (and agrees not to sneak the dog up). If kids are involved, it’s important that they understand the consequences of breaking the rule so they know how serious you are about enforcing it.
Make sure you’re consistent in your enforcement—and always be firm but not harsh. For example, tell them firmly “no” when they try getting up on a chair or couch, but don’t punish them for trying again later in the day if they’re having trouble sticking with their decision.
There are many ways to solve this problem.
There are many ways to solve this problem. You just have to find the one that works best for you and your dog.
- If your dog is not too aggressive, try putting him on a leash while he’s outside so he can’t approach people who are eating or drinking on the patio furniture. This will also prevent him from jumping up onto the furniture itself and causing an accident by knocking drinks off tables.
- If you don’t want to use a leash outside but want to keep your pup far away from those sitting at their tables, set up an invisible fence around the patio area so that when he tries approaching it, he gets shocked with electricity (or whatever else goes along with invisible fences). Be sure not to get too close yourself if setting off an invisible fence!
If these solutions seem like they would be difficult for you or just aren’t working out well in general, then there might be something wrong with how we’re solving this problem—and it may be time for professional help!
There are a few things you can do to keep your patio furniture from getting chewed up by your dog. First, try putting some of their toys on top of the furniture so they’ll want to play with them instead of chew them up. You may also want to try covering it with something soft like blankets or pillows so that all these items are out of reach for your dog (and other pets). Finally, if none of these ideas work for you then just leave everything outside unless there is someone around who can supervise at all times!