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  • Couch Dogs

    I am starting to look for a new couch. Ok... so I really need another couch. Seems that DH and I have created two rather large monsters... the couch (farm) dogs. We can't even sit on our own couch anymore! The (farm) pups are just too stinkin' cute to move and have furrified the couch cover. The yellow one is the worst. Not to mention this couch cover generally smells of ode de pooch. And no matter how many times I wash the cover, it is still full of fur. And it fits very poorly. The couch underneath isn't the greatest as the cat pretty much took care of all four corners and the material itself isn't holding up well. We are certainly up to giving the (farm) pups their very own couch... the old one they have pretty much already claimed.

    So I am trying to figure out exactly what the best couch material is for those of us who let their (farm) dogs on the furniture. We have a microfiber love seat the dog are not allowed on and they seem pretty obedient and not get on it. The microfiber attracts (farm) dog hair like crazy and is hard to get it out. The new couch will primarily be for the bipeds of the family, but I know that when we aren't home, the (farm) dogs are likely to get on it from time to time.

    I am leaning towards leather because it won't attract the fur or (farm) dog smell. I keep their nails super short and clipped all the time... think weekly to biweekly pedicures... will their nails really be an issue on leather? The cat is outdoors completely now, so claw sharpening is no longer an issue.

    If not leather, what's the best fabric for dogs that run around the horse farm, jump in farm lakes, roll in farm arena sand thus getting all stinky and then shedding said stinky hair on couch?
    Last edited by drmgncolor; Feb. 3, 2010, 01:46 PM. Reason: attempt to make it more "COTH-worthy" :)
    Dreaming in Color

  • #2
    Go with leather. Our leather couch started out off limits but sadly that rule fell by the wayside and it doesn't smell and stays neat and is easy to clean.

    Funny story, we had indoor/outdoor cats and were told that the cats would not scratch leather. New couch was in the house 30 seconds when nasty little female cat came in, jumped up on arm and sharpened her claws! Did the same thing to the other side and so at least it became evenly "distressed" - I swear she did it just to make a point because after the first week she never touched it again.


    • #3
      Well in my experience, a nice thick leather couch works fairly well for the hair factor. And is easy to wipe up muddy pawprints too! My dogs did puncuture through ours after 1 1/2 yrs. We have 7 dogs.. A Pit, PitXcollie, A Blk lab, Golden, Cheseapeake bay retreiver, a rotti X, and now a pointer. And beleive me these dogs can test a couch. They are ROUGH when it comes to playing. They come running in through the basement hatch (if we don't lock the door in time when they come back from their hike in the woods/resevoir) and charge up the stairs into the living room and onto the couches for some play time wrestling. We did have a microfiber/ fake suede one that they destroyed after 3yrs. But that one held funky odors and a lot of hair & dirt. I thought the fake suede one was very uncomfy but it depends on the style and if you typically have 4 dogs in your lap watching tv . If your worried about punctures you can keep a nice sheet/blanket over the cushions. We tried that but covers are usless in our house especially against a lab, golden, and a rotti at full play. I think leather would be your best bet.
      Good Luck!!
      Proud owner of Belle- 17.2h PerchxTB-wannabe dressage horse & Fayah 14.1H arab-trail horse extroidinaire!


      • #4
        Leather, and not the super soft stuff. My super soft, gorgeous (not cheap) leather couch and chair look like crap and my pleather club chair from Target looks great. We cover the couch cushions with a blanket too. My female is a nester and digs in. UGH.

        What's really destroyed my stuff is the cats and the times they "almost" made it onto the arm or back of the couch--but not quite. I really wish sometimes I would have had them declawed.
        DIY Journey of Remodeling the Farmette: http://weownblackacre.blogspot.com/


        • #5
          I try to avoid leather, for ethical reasons, nuff said.

          I have slip covers. Its a heavy dute cotton from pottery barn.
          I love it. I throw it in the wash when they get dirty, and I just realized they are 20 years old!!!!

          I have been seen in clothing stores or fabric shops, rubbing the material on the floor to see how much it picks up. You'd be surprised how much some fabrics attract hair/lint/dirt, etc and others do not.
          save lives...spay/neuter/geld


          • #6
            In the winter, I have wool blankets and in the summer, a nice sheet to cover the couch. I have tired to move to another loveseat, but they just follow me. So I have given up, not to mention all the dried grass the dogs bring in during the winter! Live with it and just get one of those hand vacs to suck up the really bad stuff!
            We do not have an overpopulation of dogs, we have an under population of responsible dog owners!!!


            • #7
              I don't mind the dogs (I have FOUR Aussies -so, i know hair!!! I have leather (gulp) -20 year veggie but cloth lasts all but a year or two because of the other monsters that live in my house. It is the dang cats and their sharpening their claws that do all the damage to my furniture. Leather outlasts cloth but after these cats go to their grave -one is a teen and one is "disabled", NO MORE CATS in the house (did I just add that "in the house")!!! NO, no backing down -NO MORE CATS PERIOD.
              Luistano Stallion standing for 2013: Wolverine UVF


              • #8
                Wow, this just makes me feel so much better.


                • #9
                  Leather. I've had my couch for 7 yrs w/3 dogs and it still looks new.


                  • #10
                    No suggestions - just wanted to say that photo is absolutely priceless.

                    I also have couch dogs.

                    I finally gave up and bought a clay colored bedspread, and covered the chairs with washable throws.

                    Somewhere in all these couch dog stories there is a "you might be a redneck if" moment.
                    Brothers and sisters, I bid you beware
                    Of giving your heart to a dog to tear.
                    -Rudyard Kipling


                    • #11
                      if it's cheap crap it will scratch, but good leather will stay looking great.
                      in the showroom, pick a discreet area and give it a scrape with your fingernail. if it scratches, well you have your answer, and discretely walk away
                      chaque pas est fait ensemble


                      • Original Poster

                        Originally posted by JSwan View Post
                        No suggestions - just wanted to say that photo is absolutely priceless.

                        I also have couch dogs.
                        I wish I could say that was a once in a lifetime photo, but alas it's a daily occurrence. Yellow dog is now almost twice the size she was in that picture. She was just a wee pup then.

                        I love them though... they are great snugglers. A bit annoying however when I actually want to sit on the couch.

                        I understand ethical reasons behind not choosing leather as my very good friends are veggies and I tried to be for a while. I just wanted to hear experiences and testimonies from others who have an love dogs.

                        As to the cat scratch fever... well I am in the same boat as the poster who said no more indoor un-declawed kitties. I used to be completely against declawing... now, not so much.

                        Love the idea of the fingernail test. Think that will be implemented. Alas after talking to DH, I find out we will NOT be getting the tax return this year we have always gotten in the past. I was planning on using that to buy us a nice new couch of our very own. Apparently he sold stock last year. Loverly. Just loverly.

                        Ah well. Once I get the horse trailer paid off, I am getting a new couch, Dangummit!
                        Dreaming in Color


                        • #13
                          We have four couch dogs although they are Chihuahuas. We put thin washable quilt over the couch and wash it once a week. Try using Borax or Febreeze in your wash water; it works wonder. Although they don't smell doggy like big dogs, they do puke.
                          Free bar.ka and tidy rabbit.


                          • #14
                            waahhh.... facebook is blocked by my server here. (work like I should complain!)

                            But THIS I agree with:
                            Wow, this just makes me feel so much better.

                            I have two big ol' couch dogs. And Bed Dogs. And then add 1 old kitty, and 1 youngish kitty, and 4 IttyBitty (NOTsomuchanymore) Kitties... and...

                            InnisFailte Pinto Sporthorses & Coloured Cobs

                            Bits are like cats, what's one more? (Petstorejunkie)


                            • #15
                              Plan a) Keep current couch and status quo;

                              Plan b) Keep current couch for dogs, buy new leather couch for yourselves and hope they prefer their cosy, smelly one;

                              Plan c) Go to Costco and buy two of those gorgeous, huge, plump round ones for about $24.00 ea (here in Canada - probably cheaper in US). The cedar smells nice and budget to throw them out occasionally....maybe they will use them.
                              Proud member of People Who Hate to Kill Wildlife clique


                              • #16
                                I am currently looking at 2 labra-couch-dogs. I have leather,-it's actually the same color as my chocolate lab-and keep a "throw" on it.

                                The paws/nails have never scratched it and the escaped lab hair wipes off with damp cloth.

                                I got some sort of cleaning kit and use it about 2 times a year. The leather doesn't seem to hold the "doggie scent" but then I might not have the most keen sense of smell...lol. I do toss the throw/cover in the washer once or twice a week.

                                Sometimes they actually share it with me, and I stay toasty warm.

                                I highly reccomend leather for dog furniture....lol
                                West of nowhere


                                • #17

                                  I'm not going to be in the market to upgrade my furniture for a while, but my parents just did last year and they got leather. OMG is it nice! Quick wipe off for the hair and muddy prints (my dogs are complete couch dogs), it's so nice!

                                  I would buy leather, no questions asked. I haven't found it to scratch, and I'm not that great at keeping the dogs nails short (I try, but then I forget for a couple weeks). My dogs go with me to my parent's house all the time, and they stay there when I work nights.
                                  Riding the winds of change

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                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by JSwan View Post
                                    I finally gave up and bought a clay colored bedspread, and covered the chairs with washable throws.
                                    JSwan, I too search for bedspreads in "dirty dogprint brown" - it's sad. I've been looking but I won't spend much since the bed always has at least one dog or cat on it and all the associated dirt and hair. Then when I find something within the appropriate price point and possible color I feel it and if it is too delicate, it doesn't pass the strength test. I think I am destined to keep the old one for another 5 years until it falls apart on us one night.

                                    As for my couch dogs, rescue mutt is on the leather couch, it matches his color. And the big poodle is ensconced on "her" couch, and make no mistakes it is HERS! You can practically sit on her and she won't get off. When a child is home sick and she has to share it all day, you have never seen such an annoyed dog. You'd never know that they each have big fluffy beds all over the house too. Spoiled dogs.

                                    Oh, don't get loose back cushions. The poodle has figured out that they can be squished down for extra padding and now even when plumped up and frebreezed her sofa looks a mess. To be fair the kids started it but she has taken it to a new level.


                                    • #19
                                      Originally posted by fivehorses View Post
                                      I have been seen in clothing stores or fabric shops, rubbing the material on the floor to see how much it picks up. You'd be surprised how much some fabrics attract hair/lint/dirt, etc and others do not.

                                      I'll bet they just love to see you come in.
                                      You know why cowboys don't like Appaloosas?" - Answer: Because to train a horse, you have to be smarter than it is.


                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by JSwan View Post
                                        I finally gave up and bought a clay colored bedspread, and covered the chairs with washable throws.
                                        Raises hand to admit we also have Virginia clay colored throw blankets on our bed and big fabric couch, and have introduced the color into our decor nicely. Thank you Target!

                                        We are also about to buy new couches for our family room, and I've been doing a lot of research on what's best when you have two big couch dogs. If we can afford it, we're going with leather. Do the fingernail test when you're in the store. If your nail scratches the leather, it's too good leather for a dog house! I'm also concerned with the construction of it, since our couches float in the room and everyone seems to need to sit on the back of them. Going to furniture stores is a huge trek for us -- I'm so ready to be done with this process. And finally have furniture that's not a magnet for dog and horse hair.
                                        "Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall." - Confucious
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