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Down Boy!

Keeps your dog off the couch
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Well, I couldn't find this idea anywhere (google or halfbaked) so here it goes.

You go to work. Dog jumps on couch. Pressure swich is activated. Your recorded (angry) voice is activated. "(Name of dog), down boy!" Repeated and intensified in volume until dog hops down.

Simple on/off switch for when you are home.

Chefboyrbored, Oct 24 2006

Deterrents to keep pets of the furniture http://www.nextag.c...eep-off/search-html
Here's a page of existing devices to keep Fido off your couch. The Scraminal and TattleTale devices are pretty similar to what you describe without using his master's voice. [jurist, Oct 24 2006, last modified Oct 25 2006]

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       I decided to bun it on the cleverness of the idea. On the other hand I think that the dog will eventually wise up and even though he hears his master's voice he will be able to discern the absence of his master.   

       My dog (as many dogs do) run to the door barking when they hear the doorbell. There was one incident where a doorbell rang on TV and he started barking but then he immediately stopped in mid-bark and went back to what he was doing almost as if he realized that he over reacted and there was nobody at the door. So I figure that if my dog was fooled by the TV for a few seconds and then realized what was really happeneing I am sure that a dog can figure out that the master is not there even though he hears the voice.
Jscotty, Oct 24 2006
  

       Ah, the doorbell syndrome.
Ian Tindale, Oct 24 2006
  

       Jurist - Cool, couldn't find anything of the audible nature.
Chefboyrbored, Oct 25 2006
  

       //Jurist - Cool, couldn't find anything of the audible nature// Quest, what I ment was "cool, when I researched my idea I did not find anything of the audible nature that could be used to keep your dog off the couch. Thank you for providing a link that showed me an audible option.' Quest- is that better? (not to mention jurist suggested the seccond and third devices down from the top)
Chefboyrbored, Oct 25 2006
  

       //what more do you want// A silver dollar and a drink! As I start to read my own posts I am finding that my words are on the screen just not my thoughts. I will work on better operation of the site, I am a noob.
Chefboyrbored, Oct 25 2006
  

       Down boys!
MoreCowbell, Oct 25 2006
  

       I find taking the couch to work with me usually helps with this problem.
skinflaps, Oct 25 2006
  

       Or a couch with an inbuilt kennel within which you can incarcerate your errant hound, as you pop down to the all night roller-disco.
zen_tom, Oct 25 2006
  

       Connect the mat on the couch to activate various options around the house that make him (or her, if that's the way your dog swings, whatever, it's all cool) bark and run around.   

       For instance- connect it to the doorbell so that every time she ( See, I told you. It doesn't really matter to me, I don't see gender, man) gets on the mat the doorbell will ring. She'll jump off, run to the door, come back, get on, run to the door, etc...
NotTheSharpestSpoon, Oct 25 2006
  

       Maybe your couch should be really scary and mean, but only when you leave.
daseva, Oct 25 2006
  

       // connect it to the doorbell so that every time she gets on the mat the doorbell will ring. //   

       Now THAT is a clever idea. By the time you get home from work your dog will be EXHAUSTED. It does not have to be a mat- It could be some sort of motion sensing device or anything on, in, or near the sofa that will trigger the doorbell.
Jscotty, Oct 26 2006
  

       [rcarty] // good dog, whose my best boy? you are! arn't you? Yes you are!//   

       Weird. Reading that made me feel better....
MoreCowbell, Oct 27 2006
  

       I also thought of something after the fact- it could serve as a good way to train your dog to stop barking at the doorbell. Personally I like when the dog alerts me to someone's presence. When he barks at the door I give him praise. But when I visit other people they get so upset every time the dog barks at the door. And I think everyone has seen this scenario- "Ding Dong.. WOOF WOOF ARF! ARF! WOOF!...Awww shut the F--- UP! That dog makes me sick!" and then when they finally gain enough of their composure to talk to you they are still perturbed about the incident. So if the dog eventually barks 500 times a day, eventually he will stop.
Jscotty, Oct 30 2006
  
      
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