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My parents won’t let my dog on the couch:(?

My parents won’t let my dog on the couch... any ideas on how to convince them? She is 9 years old right now, and they always let her on the couch, but then when she was like 5, they stopped. I told them I would wash her weekly, and I even offered to buy a cover for our couch, so she wouldn’t be on the actual couch. They still say no. I know it’s unlikely that they will ever let her up on the couch, but any suggestions?
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  • ● "My parents won’t let my dog on the couch:("

    I believe you - but that field is supposed to ASK us your main QUESTION, yet your 9 words ASK us nothing. Obviously Yahoo put the ❔ on the end, not you.

    ● "My parents won’t let my dog on the couch... any ideas on how to convince them? She is 9 years old right now, and they always let her on the couch, but then when she was like 5, they stopped."

    Fair enough, too. But you haven't told us the REASON or REASONS they gave. Maybe they are slow learners and it took them 5 years before THEY realised the reasons why dogs should NOT be on any furniture used by the humans! Or maybe YOU are too young & self-centred to have listened to the reasons they gave.

    ● "I told them I would wash her weekly, and I even offered to buy a cover for our couch, so she wouldn’t be on the actual couch. They still say no. I know it’s unlikely that they will ever let her up on the couch, but any suggestions?"

    Most of your answerers are bossy "Do as I say because I said it" Gods (in THEIR opinion!), not teachers who explain WHY you should do as you're told.
    But [Amos] pretty-well covered it.
    To reinforce his answer:
    "Four on the Floor" is the rule for house-pets. And outside, the ground replaces the floor.
    Animals should NOT be allowed on ANY of the family's furniture (it IS possible to train cats, but don't expect quick results - dogs are MUCH easier! By the way: You haven't told us what kind of dog you have - its breed or breeds, its gender (I must assume that it is neutered).
    🤴🏽1: Have you noticed that kings, presidents, dictators, High Court judges - all like to have a throne or some kind of seat that raises them above the hoi polloi of lesser humans? In almost all mammals, HEIGHT is seen to be a mark of status = superiority. Unless you want your pet to decide that IT is superior to you, it must NOT be allowed to get onto beds, benches, chairs, settees, window-sills. (As I was 6ft2"/1.8metres by 13 years old I didn't need added height to help me be superior! VBG)
    🤯2: Superior members of a pack (a pack is what your family & dog or dogs are) have the right to claim whatever food is on anything they can reach, and the right to lie on anything they can reach.
    😊3: "Four on the Floor" avoids shed hair all over the house - vacuuming the carpet is easier than vacuuming EVERYthing including bedspreads, bench-tops, cutlery drawers, chairs, couches, curtains, settees, sofas, stools, whatever.
    🤢3: "Four on the Floor" avoids dogs' claws scratching bench-tops, scratching skin or ripping clothes of people that ill-behaved, under-trained mutts are happy to jump up on. Can you imagine the terror a scared-of-dog person has when a dog does that. I've had a few pupils who were scared of dogs, and a young lawyer came to me because she was SICK of being scared of dogs.
    😇4: "Four on the Floor" avoids dirt/mud being ground into bedding or furniture, prevents faeces & urine & vomit being dropped onto bedding or furniture. If your pet was neutered - especially of it was neutered before it was full size - incontinence while sleeping is a BIG problem for owners, and more likely the older the pooch gets. Carpets & limo are FAR easy to remove those "unwanteds" from than is removing them & their odours from bedding or furniture.
    😡5: The smaller the dog, the more likely it is to develop such as ACL tears (knee ligaments separating from the bone) or patella luxation (the knee-cap popping out of the groove it is supposed to slide up & down in). The longer bodied the dog, the more likely it is to develop Ankylosing Spondylitis or Cauda Equina (problem affecting the nerves where they enter the spine). ALL of those are MUCH worsened by the impacts when the dog falls off or jumps off things designed for humans to sit or lie on. So once again, "Four on the Floor" is a winner.


    YOU have been in Y!A for 3½ years, so SHOULD by now:
    ☆1: have a Profile aka "About Me" on your Activity page
    ☆2: know how to [Add Update] to your questions, instead of typing a non-Answer for your own question.
    ☆3: know to choose a Best Answer for every question inside a week - a fortnight at most. If no-one attempts to be helpful, DELETE the question. You have chosen only 2 BAs from the 6 questions that are YEARS old. They MIGHT be so old that Yahoo has "locked" them so that no-one can add, change or delete anything,

    I had to read through all your answers to work out that you are probably 12 years old right now.
    Your "About Me" should state (a) your birth-YEAR (not the actual date - the year lets us work your age out within a year, which is accurate enough), (b) your nearest CITY (if another city anywhere has the same name, include your nation or state), and (c) the things you are interested in.
    You are currently too young to realise how much difference age makes to a person's awareness & knowledge (especially when isolated as a home-schooled pupil), how much difference the "culture" you are living in makes to your attitudes (and PREJUDICES!), and how important one's own personal interests are.

    Whether it is you or your parents that are too paranoid to let people use Y!A's clumsy personal e-mail system to contact you, teh rsukt is that I can't reply to any personal message you might send me, so I will point out that, to create a Profile aka "About Me":
    On your Activity page click the
    Edit Preferences
    below your "connor".
    On the page that pops up:
    change "connor" to "Connor", to show that you have learnt that proper nouns require a capital letter for each word (I'll let your teacher explain the "rule" for which words DON'T get a capital letter),
    then click the field to the right of
    About me
    and type in the important information.
    Then scroll down - you will probably want to tick or untick some of the default options there.


    🚥 [ Anima ]:🚥
    Yes, just like OLD humans, OLD dogs get various bone problems - but you must have a GIANT dog, to think that 7 is "old". I expect my breed to be active until 12, and I have had one reach 15 years 7 months before needing to be put to sleep forever.
    But "Four on the Floor" still applies - the dog can be provided with an inflatable mattress that lies on the floor, and has the flexibility to allow itself to hollow-out below the dog's joints yet support such as chest & belly.

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    😛 To discuss a breed, type the breed-name into the top field of
    https://groups.askadc.com/neo/dir
    then choose a couple of groups to Join - use the group's
    Message History
    on its /info page to make sure that it still has members who are ACTIVE. Then send an e-mail about yourself to the Subscribe address on that page.
    The people in them KNOW about that breed. Plus you can include several actual photos in your posts.

    😛 Also join
    https://groups.askadc.com/neo/groups/The_...
    so that you can easily look up all sorts of information about dogs, especially GSDs. It is an "encyclopaedia" group (to which members can ask for new sources to be added), not a discussion group.

    Aged Kiwi - first pup in 1950; GSD breeder & trainer as of 1968
    Aged Kiwi · 0 0
  • buy them a good chouch/ seat cover for their couch. keep the receipt in case they still say no
    george · 1 3
  • Am I the only one here who has parents who ALWAYS let our dogs on the couch??? They don't act all "high and mighty"afterward, they just lay there to be with their owners.

    Anyway, you could try asking your parents why they don't let the dogs on the couch. (And if they say, "because we said so", that's not a good reason because it doesn't answer your question fully)
    Alex · 0 1
  • If it bothers you why not move to your own rent and let the dog ruin your furniture? If you are living with parents they make the rules.
    Rinkydink · 0 1
  • No dog should be bathed any more often than once every 4 to 6 weeks. Bathing too often will dry up the skin & coat, leaving the skin flaky & itchy. You are washing away all the natural body oils that need to spread all over the body for health skin & coat.

    My dogs are not allowed on furniture, they got nice beds to lay on & rugs. I used to have a Dane that thought he needed to be on furniture. I stopped that but he still would back up & sit on your lap. Then turn around & look at you as if asking , what are you going to do now?
    bluebonnetgranny · 2 1