Aluminum foil isn't only for lining your baking trays and for wrapping baked potatoes. Did you know that it can also be used as a training tool for your dog? Keeping your little guy off furniture like sofas or easy chairs can be a challenge -- but aluminum foil can be your friend in this regard, as most canines dislike the feel, reflective surface, and annoying sound of the shiny stuff!
Bear in mind, however, that you yourself probably won't enjoy sitting on your foil-covered sofa or chair while training your dog to keep off of them! However, if you've got other seating alternatives and still want to give this method a try, read on.
Items You Will Need
• Cookie tray
• Empty plastic bottle
• Aluminum cans
Step 1 - Cut out sheets of aluminum foil slightly larger than the surface you'd like to protect from you pup. No need to bother with the surfaces that he's likely not interested in laying on, like the top back of the sofa. He'll be bothered enough with aluminum foil being in his favorite spots.
Step 2 - Lift up your cushions and tuck in the aluminum foil so the sheets are anchored to your couch. Stubborn canines can swipe the foil right off your couch, and big dogs can pull the sheets off by just jumping up. Plus, you won't have anything dangling off the edge, making a curious pup less eager to chomp down on the foil or tear it into pieces.
Step 3 - If outfitting your furniture cushions with foil sheets didn't work, it's time to up the ante with a few booby traps. Place the aluminum foil onto cookie trays and set the foil-layered trays on your seat cushions, with the edge of the tray flush with the edge of the cushion. The second your pup jumps up, his feet smack the trays. In his haste to jump down, he might pull the trays off the couch, which will startle him even more and tell him that maybe being a couch potato isn't such a good idea.
Step 4 - Combine the aluminum foil with another trap. Sometimes foil and even foil-layered cookie trays aren't enough to stop the most stubborn dogs from taking a rest on the couch. Set up a few aluminum cans so that in addition to the annoyance of the foil, your pup also gets an earful from the noisy cans. Or set a lightweight and empty plastic bottle on top of one of the back cushions. The second your pup throws his feet onto the couch, the bottle comes crashing down.
Step 5 - Monitor your little guy. Regardless of which aluminum foil trick you use, never leave the foil out when you're away from the house. If your dog decides to shred it into tiny pieces and eat some of it, he could become very sick. The idea behind this method is to make him think that something is going to happen each time he gets on the couch.
Step 6 - Keep him off the couch at all times. If you layer your couch with aluminum foil one day but invite your pup up the next, you're sending him mixed messages. Keep the foil on the couch while you're home, and do not make exceptions as to when he can climb up on the couch with you for a bit of snuggle time.
Warning - If you have a overly noise-sensitive or nervous canine, do NOT use additional booby traps, such as the cookie sheets and plastic bottle.
By Chris Miksen
About the Author
Located in Pittsburgh, Chris Miksen has been writing instructional articles on a wide range of topics for online publications since 2007. He currently owns and operates a vending business. Miksen has written a variety of technical and business articles throughout his writing career. He studied journalism at the Community College of Allegheny County.