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Old 08-28-2019, 09:24 AM   #1
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Default Tool Suggestion for not jumping on furniture or hind legs

I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions for a training tool to help dogs from jumping on furniture.

Thumper recently injured his back and I am trying to not let that happen again. I have used the Pet Corrector Spray in the past to have him stop barking but he is absolutely petrified of that spray. Even showing the bottle and he goes into hiding for 24 hours.

He will also jump at the gate in the kitchen when I first get home and at times when he is restless in the morning before calming down or when the doorbell rings. When I get home I sit on my bed and ignore him until he calms down. (Both Bella and Thumper go crazy when they first see me)

For the most part he uses the stairs for both the bed and couch but there are times he just jumps especially on the couch since it is shorter.

I miss having him on the bed with me at night and he is restless at that time so I don't always catch when he jumps at night as I am sleeping.

I don't want to have to crate him at night if at all possible. I do know that may be my only solution if I cannot get this under control so it does not happen again.

He is on the bigger size (15 pounds) so that is a plus. My Bella is smaller and cannot jump on the bed or couch because she is so short occasionally she will jump from my lap but I catch that 99% of the time and uses the stairs the rest of the time. But when gates will jump like Tigger until I let her out.

Just wondering if there are any other tools I can use to train him. He loves going up and down the stairs in my apartment so using them is not the issue is just making sure he uses the stairs to the bed and couch 100% of the time.

Someone suggested putting foam matting all around my couch and bed but not sure how that would look or work.

I can't control the doorbell or buzzer as its the only way to let me know when someone needs to be buzzed up to my apartment.
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There are "pointy" rubber mats to put on furniture to discourage pets from jumping up, but they aren't really practical.



I understand your problem. Both of my boys have had neck/upper back strains and I had great difficulty discouraging them from jumping. I have had my mattress on the floor for almost 10 years because of Max. Seriously, my box spring is a headboard and I have no bed frame. I never could stop him from taking flying leaps off the bed.



Another friend whose Yorkie has severe back problems, she had to put xpens around her couches.



The only thing I can recommend is confining Thumper when you can't supervise to an area without furniture and give him a really comfy bed to enjoy.
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Thanks for an update Thumper seems to be doing better with with back we are down to the prednisone every other day until next Saturday. We go back on Sept. 9 for a recheck.

On top of his back he now has a gash on his leg no one saw because of his hair. I swear this dog is taking years off my life. The vet actually said I should get a 10 for 1 special as a joke since I have been there so much. He is still being crated when I am not home but he is laying next to me as he hates being in the crate when I am here.

I love the new inflatable cones as he can eat and drink with it on. Before I had to take the cone off every few hours to let him drink water.

The silver lining in all this is since I have kept him separate I am able to measure out how much water he is drinking and peeing. I really think the drinking is a psychological issue as he sees the water and the pee pad so will go. With me taking him 4-5x a day his pee is more concentrated not where it needs to be but much better.

That will be an issue we will work on once he is out of the crate and only gated when I am away.

Its going to be a trial and error I may see about crating him instead of a gate but will need to see how Bella handles is as she likes his company. My foster was just adopted so now she is by herself when I am at work.

Its been an exhausting few weeks but I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.
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Thanks for the update, sounds like Thumper is slowly coming around, such good news. How could he have cut his leg, I am telling you these lil monkeys get into things that's so unbelievable. I hope there's no issue with that. Lots for you to consider with this crating issue. Cody can't be crated either, he goes crazy, bites the bars, god forbid I ever had to crate him at home.
Great your lil foster has found his forever home, such wonderful news. It's good we have a long weekend and Thumper gets a break from the crate.
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Thanks for the update, sounds like Thumper is slowly coming around, such good news. How could he have cut his leg, I am telling you these lil monkeys get into things that's so unbelievable. I hope there's no issue with that. Lots for you to consider with this crating issue. Cody can't be crated either, he goes crazy, bites the bars, god forbid I ever had to crate him at home.
Great your lil foster has found his forever home, such wonderful news. It's good we have a long weekend and Thumper gets a break from the crate.
No idea how he got the cut. I didn't even see it bleeding my dog walker came and took him for his second walk and saw it as she was cleaning him off. At first I thought it was a hot spot as the area where the crate is can get hot even with a fan.

I pressed on it and it didn't bother him. When the vet came and saw it she said its probably been there a while but because of the hair growth no one noticed it. They gave him a 14 day antibiotic shot and a cream I put on the wound 2-3 times a day. IT looks like it is finally crusting over a healing.

Worse case when I go back if it is not healing than they will do a few stitches. They didn't want to ant first because of all the trauma he has been through the past few weeks.
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It's good that he got a antibiotic shot, poor Thumper has gone through so much, and you too. As fur moms we worry as much even more then when a human child is hurting. Hoping Thumper recovers quickly.
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It's good that he got a antibiotic shot, poor Thumper has gone through so much, and you too. As fur moms we worry as much even more then when a human child is hurting. Hoping Thumper recovers quickly.
Matese - you always give great and encouraging advice. Wish there was a like button I can click on when I want to acknowledge posts
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Thanks for an update Thumper seems to be doing better with with back we are down to the prednisone every other day until next Saturday. We go back on Sept. 9 for a recheck.

On top of his back he now has a gash on his leg no one saw because of his hair. I swear this dog is taking years off my life. The vet actually said I should get a 10 for 1 special as a joke since I have been there so much. He is still being crated when I am not home but he is laying next to me as he hates being in the crate when I am here.

I love the new inflatable cones as he can eat and drink with it on. Before I had to take the cone off every few hours to let him drink water.

The silver lining in all this is since I have kept him separate I am able to measure out how much water he is drinking and peeing. I really think the drinking is a psychological issue as he sees the water and the pee pad so will go. With me taking him 4-5x a day his pee is more concentrated not where it needs to be but much better.

That will be an issue we will work on once he is out of the crate and only gated when I am away.

Its going to be a trial and error I may see about crating him instead of a gate but will need to see how Bella handles is as she likes his company. My foster was just adopted so now she is by herself when I am at work.

Its been an exhausting few weeks but I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.
I'm positive the drinking is NOT psychological but is just a symptom of his Cushings. He should be able to drink as much as he feels like drinking.
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I'm positive the drinking is NOT psychological but is just a symptom of his Cushings. He should be able to drink as much as he feels like drinking.
Hi Lovetodream,

I appreciate your thoughts and do agree with a lot of what you write on this forum regarding Yorkies and how to care for them. However, I have to disagree with you on this issue. I have spoken to numerous vets and gotten not only second opinions but a third and fourth and all have told me the same thing.

Its not insidious diabetes (we tested for it twice in the past two years along with UTIs and cultures to rule everything out) and yes part of it is the Cushing's so my doctor is aware that he will be drinking more than the average dog but drinking 8-10 cups a day is not normal for him at 15 pounds. The max the vet wants is 4 cups a day which is twice the amount he should be drinking.

I do not take his Cushing's lightly or the fact that he may get dehydrated either does my vet. I monitor it through the day and night. Right now I have him down to about 6 cups a day but that is part of the meds he is on right now. If I can get him down to 5 I will be ok with that level.

All the vets said there is a condition called https://wagwalking.com/condition/psychogenic-polydipsia
(This is just one article but there are many more and I have spoken to behavior specialists as well) I was surprised to hear it and it is not a common disease from what I read but after all tests to rule out medical issues are done this is the only other reasoning.

I give him more than enough water and he is never dehydrated. It is just I measure it out throughout the day and limit it from the hours of 12 am - 5 am. (I give him about 1/2 cup in his crate)

I appreciate your concern but I am not taking this issue lightly and have to trust the professionals with his care.
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I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions for a training tool to help dogs from jumping on furniture.

Thumper recently injured his back and I am trying to not let that happen again. I have used the Pet Corrector Spray in the past to have him stop barking but he is absolutely petrified of that spray. Even showing the bottle and he goes into hiding for 24 hours.

He will also jump at the gate in the kitchen when I first get home and at times when he is restless in the morning before calming down or when the doorbell rings. When I get home I sit on my bed and ignore him until he calms down. (Both Bella and Thumper go crazy when they first see me)

For the most part he uses the stairs for both the bed and couch but there are times he just jumps especially on the couch since it is shorter.

I miss having him on the bed with me at night and he is restless at that time so I don't always catch when he jumps at night as I am sleeping.

I don't want to have to crate him at night if at all possible. I do know that may be my only solution if I cannot get this under control so it does not happen again.

He is on the bigger size (15 pounds) so that is a plus. My Bella is smaller and cannot jump on the bed or couch because she is so short occasionally she will jump from my lap but I catch that 99% of the time and uses the stairs the rest of the time. But when gates will jump like Tigger until I let her out.

Just wondering if there are any other tools I can use to train him. He loves going up and down the stairs in my apartment so using them is not the issue is just making sure he uses the stairs to the bed and couch 100% of the time.

Someone suggested putting foam matting all around my couch and bed but not sure how that would look or work.

I can't control the doorbell or buzzer as its the only way to let me know when someone needs to be buzzed up to my apartment.
I have foam stairs that go the entire distance beside my bed.
I got a bed rail at a medical equipment store that i used until she understood that she could not jump off the bed. Has worked very well, it she is only 4.5 pounds so is not as motivated to jump off tall things as yours may be.
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