Do you have pet rules or do your pets rule?
Growing up, there was no question about pets in the house or on furniture - it was absolutely not allowed. And my parents continue to run a pretty tight ship with their dog. Their old lab has the privilege to live in the house, but she knows to walk a careful path throughout the house, making sure a paw never touches a rug - she makes even a wider swath when she walks close to any piece of furniture. She (Annie) has an assigned rug for day naps, and a fluffy bed in the bedroom for night sleeping. She has a basket for her toys, and on command, gathers her stuffed toys and balls, and places them in the basket. Annie is well trained and disciplined dog.
On the other hand, pets seem to run-a-muck at my house, and in my yard. I can't remember if we started out with training rules or if we simply just created our unruly brood by failing to instill rules during a training period. I guess it really doesn't matter at this point - both dogs died last year (golden retriever 17 and brittney spaniel 16), and the cat is too old, too fat, and to lazy to attempt to teach.
These pictures make me smile.
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