How Not to Share Your Furniture With Your Pet

How Not to Share Your Furniture With Your Pet

Kyle Freeman
Sep 3, 2008

Admittedly, we're taking a liberal interpretation of September's Pet Design Month for this post. We think good pet design should include human furniture that your pet CAN'T manage to climb. But if you have a dog-cat like we do, it doesn't seem to matter how tall, dangerous, or unlikely the summit is, when he wants to get up there, he'll find a way. Like the time a friend was visiting and on the way back to the living room from a trip to the kitchen asked earnestly, "does your dog often climb on the kitchen counter?"...

NO he does not. That was a first. It was at that point that we started watching The Dog Whisperer because we knew that no furniture, no matter how well designed, would deter our little guy from scaling. He was fearless and untrained - recipe for disaster. In addition to finally implementing some much needed boundaries in all aspects of his life, we also started creating dedicated pet-friendly "spots" in the most frequently used rooms (i.e. pet beds). And he's no longer allowed in the kitchen when food is being prepared or eaten.

Have you ever had to rearrange your furniture in order to prevent your pet from accessing restricted zones? What other solutions do you use (other than training the animal, which we seemed to skip - don't worry, he's in boot camp now!) to keep your beloved off the counter?

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