No matter how you feel about the goings-on in Washington, D.C., you must admit the White House is a pretty cool pad for a pooch.
There's a dog-friendly apartment on the second floor, and 43 dogs have called the White House home since FDR and his beloved Fala lived there, according to the Presidential Pet Museum.
We can't help but wonder how many were allowed to spend time on the couch with the commander in chief, because no matter how much people love their dogs, they tend to be either firmly "pro" or "con" when it comes to canines on couches…or beds...or chairs.
But we think these cons are surmountable.
'He'll Think He Runs the House'The secret to sharing your bed or sofa with your dog is to let him know his place, literally and figuratively. Make it OK to share your couch or bed, but he cannot leap up uninvited. He must sit and wait for permission. If the answer is no, he should go with the alternative—his own comfy dog bed.
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'He'll Get Everything Filthy and Covered with Hair'Easy: Keep your dog clean and well-groomed. Daily brushing is not only an excellent way to spend quality time with your dog, it removes hair that would otherwise be shed on your upholstery, and it distributes natural oils that keep him cleaner longer.
The American Humane Society suggests a thorough brushing at least every two days and bathing every two to four months.
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If you don't care for any of these, you can always put a barrier between the dog and the furniture. Purchase inexpensive slipcovers for everyday use in the living room and protect your quilts and comforters with a duvet cover.
'He'll Infest It with Fleas'Truth be told, if you don't protect him from fleas, he's going to infest the house no matter where he lies. Ask your vet whether you should treat him with a topical product or an oral one, because factors such as breed, age, size and use can affect their effectiveness.
'He'll Be a Pest When Guests Come Over'Remember the "sit" and "go to your bed" advice? A well-trained dog is never a pest.
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Guest post by Carol Ward, writer, dog trainer and volunteer.