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Old 07-10-2009, 18:50
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We are planning on doing out our lounge and want to buy a new three piece suite.
However I am concerned that the dog might wreck it, he likes to jump up on the furniture and he's too old to train not to do it.
Would his claws rip into the sofa? Do you think he would ruin it?
Sorry if this sounds stupid but I've never had a leather sofa before and I don't want to waste my money for mutt to spoil it (and OH to give himself a coronary if the dog does ruin it!)
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Old 07-10-2009, 18:56
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We got a leather sofa primarily for our dogs and their wet paws. We haven't had any problems with claws ripping it at all. I personally would recommend one to anyone with dogs that are allowed on the sofas. It is far easier to keep clean.
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Old 07-10-2009, 18:58
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I actually find it much easier since having a leather sofa with my dog. You would be suprised how hard wearing they really are where claws are concerned, just look around for which one is best.

I had more trouble when he was younger and I had a material, I was always trying to cover the holes with patches after he had bitten through some part or another, it looked terrible in the end!

Thankfully leather doesn't interest him. Plus it is much easier for cleaning if any muddy paws get onto it by accident!
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Old 07-10-2009, 19:03
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Thanks for the replies, sounds like it would actually be better then
I didn't realise how hard wearing they can be - looks like oH will have to splash out then!
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Old 07-10-2009, 19:29
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We have just got rid of two leather sofas ( only 2 years old) that my dogs absolutely trashed!.

Their claws wore the leather down until it ripped! The buggers.

I bought leather because, naively, I assumed it would be easier to keep clean and that I could cope with a few scratches. Boy was I wrong!

Having said that, they are big dogs( a rottie and a doberman)! I don't imagine a chihuahua would have done quite as much damage.

So, I would say its down to the size of dog weather you get leather or not.
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Old 07-10-2009, 20:00
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It got a bit muddy sometimes but wiped down easy enough.
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Old 07-10-2009, 20:12
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We have just got rid of two leather sofas ( only 2 years old) that my dogs absolutely trashed!.

Their claws wore the leather down until it ripped! The buggers.

I bought leather because, naively, I assumed it would be easier to keep clean and that I could cope with a few scratches. Boy was I wrong!

Having said that, they are big dogs( a rottie and a doberman)! I don't imagine a chihuahua would have done quite as much damage.

So, I would say its down to the size of dog weather you get leather or not.

It is also very much influenced by the bounciness of the dog.
A dog quietly stepping up on a sofa for a snooze won't cause much damage.
A youngster, or one young at heart, bouncing about, charging on and off it and using it to jet propel themselves around the room, or excitedly scrabbling on it when the postman arrives will shred it.
Likewise dogs who chew or dig at furnishings will very quickly wreck furniture.

I have two largish dogs and they have an old leather sofa of their own thye can use while I have a couple of newer ones that they aren't allowed on.
Even allowing for the different ages of the sofas, theirs is very much more battered and abraded by claws than mine.
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Old 07-10-2009, 20:18
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We have just got rid of two leather sofas ( only 2 years old) that my dogs absolutely trashed!.

Their claws wore the leather down until it ripped! The buggers.

I bought leather because, naively, I assumed it would be easier to keep clean and that I could cope with a few scratches. Boy was I wrong!

Having said that, they are big dogs( a rottie and a doberman)! I don't imagine a chihuahua would have done quite as much damage.

So, I would say its down to the size of dog weather you get leather or not.
oh heck that's thrown a spanner in the works!

The dog is a lhasa apso and has been destructive in the past chewing/scatching at carpets etc but has mellowed since he hit middle age!! (he's 8)

It is also very much influenced by the bounciness of the dog.
A dog quietly stepping up on a sofa for a snooze won't cause much damage.
A youngster, or one young at heart, bouncing about, charging on and off it and using it to jet propel themselves around the room, or excitedly scrabbling on it when the postman arrives will shred it.
Likewise dogs who chew or dig at furnishings will very quickly wreck furniture.

I have two largish dogs and they have an old leather sofa of their own thye can use while I have a couple of newer ones that they aren't allowed on.
Even allowing for the different ages of the sofas, theirs is very much more battered and abraded by claws than mine.
hmmm sounds like a perfect description of the daft mutt when the postie arrives!

Now I haven't a clue what to do

Trouble is I don't want to stop him going in the lounge as that's when he used to get destructive and wrecked the hall carpet and ate the post.

He loves sitting on the back of a chair and looking out of the window. I would feel cruel taking that pleasure away from him while I'm in work.
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Old 07-10-2009, 20:27
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we had a leather suite until a year ago
our pooches didn't hurt it at all

and it was much easier to keep clean

you could always put a dog blanket on there over the leather of you feel he would scratch it

we got rid of ours as it wasn't wide enough for the pooch to lay on

went back to a material suite and boy... you forget how hard the are to clean...
as such, they're not permanently covered with a throw or dog blanket - moreso than we covered the leather set
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Old 07-10-2009, 20:45
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we had a leather suite until a year ago
our pooches didn't hurt it at all

and it was much easier to keep clean

you could always put a dog blanket on there over the leather of you feel he would scratch it

we got rid of ours as it wasn't wide enough for the pooch to lay on

went back to a material suite and boy... you forget how hard the are to clean...
as such, they're not permanently covered with a throw or dog blanket - moreso than we covered the leather set

We tried that, but, what with leather being shiny and slippy, and the dogs being big and heavy they just scuffed it up and it made no difference.

OP- if your dog is big, you will either have to stop him going on the furniture, or get a fabric sofa ( which we have just done).

Our two were also banned from the new sofas when they arrived - which was tough, but we put some floor cushions down, near a raditator , just for them and they have adapted. We've had our new sofa's 2 months now and they don't even try to get on them now., which TBH is a miracle
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Old 07-10-2009, 23:45
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We've found dogs and leather isn't a problem - including a Glen that 'ate' a draylon sofa.


Cats and ANY sofa on the other hand..........
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Old 08-10-2009, 03:52
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The biggest factor will be the individual dog's claws.

My mother's dog, for instance... He's getting on a bit, never was all that active, and is even less active these last few years.
As a result, his claws grow quite long, and my mum gets me to clip them for him...
If they are clipped, they get sharp edges - If left unclipped, they'd curl into sharp points.
She had to get rid of her leather suite last year, because he had pretty much destroyed the cushions.

My dog, on the other hand... He's still quite young, and VERY active (Staff x Lab)
I do at least a couple of miles a day with him on pavements - plus a LOT of running about in local fields and woods.
His claws are worn to a smoothly rounded finish, and have never needed to be clipped (yet). He gets up on our leather sofas, and so far hasn't left any scrapes or scuffs
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Old 08-10-2009, 08:06
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you don;t file his claws after clipping?
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Old 08-10-2009, 12:45
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you don;t file his claws after clipping?
It's difficult enough clipping them, the disobedient little sod won't stay still - my mother has him ruined.
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Old 08-10-2009, 13:02
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we've got a scottie & a staffie and have just got brand new leather sofa's to replace our very old leather sofa's we didn't have a problem with them scratching the old sofa's but OH has put a blanket over the new sofa's "just in case"
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Old 08-10-2009, 14:13
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Don't buy cheap leather either it's worse than fabric for doggy claws some of the more expensive one's are nearly destruction proof though.

We buy cheap second hand sofa's and only keep them a year or so, then we just don't worry about what they get up to, makes for a calmer life all round
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Old 08-10-2009, 14:16
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Our leather sofas have a few scratches from our dogs claws so we've put throws on them for protection.

As you say, most dogs like to look out of the window when they're left on their own. I see and hear many dogs on our pavement walks perched on something to get a view of the outside world.

We have an oriel bay window in a spare bedroom at the front of the house. Both of them sit on the windowboard watching the world go by (and sometimes they're vocal!). We did put some rubber car mats to cover the wood because it was a bit slippery for them.
Oh, and we of course always make sure those windows are always locked. lol
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Old 08-10-2009, 14:24
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We've found dogs and leather isn't a problem - including a Glen that 'ate' a draylon sofa.


Cats and ANY sofa on the other hand..........
We bought a leather sofa after a friend with three cats and a dog told us leather was the only type which her pets hadn't ruined. She was right too - we have now had a leather sofa and armchair for years and the cats never scratch them. Also very useful when one of them is sick or has muddy paws - wipes off instantly.

Surely leather cannot be any worse than fabric for a dog (of whatever size) - if they shred leather they will presumably shred fabric - and at least leather is wipeclean.
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Old 08-10-2009, 17:05
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With most fabrics unless they deliberately rip claws just go in and come back out of the fabric with cheap leather they leave holes where each claw pierces it then they play join the dots
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Old 08-10-2009, 18:56
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We've found dogs and leather isn't a problem - including a Glen that 'ate' a draylon sofa.


Cats and ANY sofa on the other hand..........

Ahh now we have a two year old Boxer and a two year old kitty..we have a leather sofa and neither of them have done any damage to . Its so much easier to keep clean
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Old 08-10-2009, 22:28
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he's too old to train not to do it.
dogs are never to old to train, that old saying is a load of bollocks! especially if its only the one thing "Down" when s/he gets on the sofa.
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Old 09-10-2009, 03:30
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dogs are never to old to train, that old saying is a load of bollocks! especially if its only the one thing "Down" when s/he gets on the sofa.
Your absolutely right.

In fact, I'm flabbergasted at the amount of posts that are looking for the right type of leather sofas to accomodate their mutts.

Are you lot kidding me, or are you really telling me that your mutt must get its own way no matter what? Please no.

There's a very simple solution to all of this.

You TRAIN it to do what it's told!!!!!!!

Seriously!

Even the oldest dog in the world can be trained to get OFF YOUR SOFA and stay off it.

However, if you are a soft spot with your pet, then it will never take you seriously until you look and act like you are tough and mean it.

Decisions....decisions.......the mutt or the leather suite....so difficult a choice to make,
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Old 09-10-2009, 07:00
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If you don't want or like your dog sitting on the sofa, then of course you could train him/her not to, but some of us don't mind and even enjoy having our pets sitting with us.

My dog sits on the sofa, I could train him not to, I've trained him to get down on command if I need him to, but I like to have him sitting up here with me, he gives me lovely doggy cuddles and I enjoy sitting watching TV with him or my cat curled up next to me or on my lap. I grew up with animals on the furniture, and so it doesn't feel like home without a cat or dog dozing in the armchair

I wouldn't buy a sofa that wasn't pet proof or washable either, as I'm sure it would soon be ruined.

Everyone is different, I think on the sofa or off the sofa is fine, as long as it is what you are happy to live with
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Old 09-10-2009, 08:57
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dogs are never to old to train, that old saying is a load of bollocks! especially if its only the one thing "Down" when s/he gets on the sofa.

The main problem is I'm not always around as I work full-time and during the day my dog sits on top of the chair in the bay window and looks out.

It would be a shame to take this pleasure away from him.

Also there are 4 of us in the house and I would be the only one putting in the commitment to train him.

So whereas I understand that he could be trained it would be a logistical nightmare!
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Old 09-10-2009, 08:59
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Oh and just adding I don't mind him sitting on the sofa/chairs, he's only a small dog and likes cuddling up with us!
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