I’m fine with allowing dogs on the couch (some people aren’t; that’s OK too).....But you shouldn’t need permission FROM THE DOG to sit on your own couch, or to do anything you want with toys, dog dishes, dog blankets, etc. If a dog shows some aggression (not the same as grumbling) when I tell him to do something, I take that as a sign that I need to work with him to correct his notion that HIS say-so is the one that counts.
Keeping a dog off the couch, under those circumstances, is an appropriate beginning to that process.
^^ Maybe I mis-read the thread, but I never assumed any dog aggression was on the topic.
- couch should be shared by all, in a natural & unspoken way
Rather I did hear, hubby wants girl on couch & mommy doesn't...fair enough.
BUT mom wants her consistency & rules enforced in husbands eyes...making his choice (for him),
all in the name of good dog training...the real training problem here, isn't exactly with the dog.
- eventually the family dynamics will set the rules, not solely one person (by own choice)
- while the dobe will not be disadvantages (training wise, in the meantime)
- while mom & dad learn to agree on or compromise their individual preferences...eventually
In the grand scheme of things, a dog in training that gets up on the couch...is not doomed to any failure...LOL
- just like a dog can exit a door first, and its master follows...whatever works will, in the end
- and the small stuff, usually not worth loosing sleep over