Dog Toys Under Couch
October 10, 2018 2:25 PM   Subscribe

My dog keeps accidentally pushing or rolling her toys under my couch and then she barks because she can't reach them. It's driving me crazy. How to solve (besides buying a new couch)?
posted by Aranquis to Pets & Animals (16 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
I’ll be watching this with interest. The only solution I’ve found is toys that don’t fit under the couch.
posted by outfielder at 2:28 PM on October 10, 2018 [1 favorite]

Sometimes I intentionally block the under-the-couch area/opening with either a long pillow or a shallow cardboard box, and it works pretty well. Depends on the nature of the toy and the height of the opening, though. We also reduced these issues when we reorganized the room and pulled our couch away from the wall, since it reduced the amount of under-couch area that is inaccessible to him.
posted by mosst at 2:29 PM on October 10, 2018

We built a barrier. Used 2x2 pieces of wood, one long one across the width of the couch, and two shorter ones on either end the depth of the couch (braced against the wall so that the long one couldn't be pushed back)

It was easy. It worked. Depends on the couch, ours didn't have a skirt, so we pushed it back under a bit so the toy would still go under, but dog could get it. You couldn't see the barrier unless looking for it.
posted by Ftsqg at 2:31 PM on October 10, 2018 [5 favorites]

Pool noodles are the traditional fix.
posted by fshgrl at 2:31 PM on October 10, 2018 [25 favorites]

Depending on couch layout and how dedicated your dog is to pushing things under it, you could work out some sort of barrier that'd prevent toys from rolling under the couch. Maybe tack or tape a cardboard/plastic/wire strip to the bottom of the couch all around? Store something under the couch that stops anything from rolling past snout length?

It might help to know what the distance from couch to floor and what the couch material are.
posted by asperity at 2:31 PM on October 10, 2018

This is my dog. We put rubber barriers made from black rubber wall baseboards under the bookshelf and are considering doing the same to the couch. We also have ball timeout when she gets too manic with her balls. Then she has to chew her stick or her squeak monkey, which she thankfully switches to after seeing us put her balls away.

(But, tbh, we move the furniture to retrieve her toys 100% more often than we should.)

Looking forward to better answers than mine. TELL ME EVERYTHING.
posted by whimsicalnymph at 2:32 PM on October 10, 2018

100% under couch barriers. If you post a pic of the space under the couch, I'm sure people will add more details to the plan.
posted by advicepig at 2:38 PM on October 10, 2018

I don't like animals under my bed and I use wide, flattish empty boxes from moving or having stuff shipped to me as my barrier. Heck, one side is just blocked by the brown paper package filler amazon sometimes ships with. Not solid, but enough for their to be a barrier or some sort to keep the corgi from nesting under there.
posted by GoblinHoney at 2:47 PM on October 10, 2018

Seconding pool noodles!
posted by iamkimiam at 2:55 PM on October 10, 2018 [2 favorites]

Did someone say pool noodles? Because the answer is pool noodles. Unless you are environmentally concious, in which case you can make non-floating pool-noodle-alikes out of the arms of old button down shirts, stuffed with the shirt bodies.
posted by DarlingBri at 2:56 PM on October 10, 2018 [5 favorites]

it is no accident.
posted by calgirl at 4:21 PM on October 10, 2018 [19 favorites]

Yeah, it's no accident. My dog trained himself to kick toys under things and scratch/bark because it invariably made me come a-running and pay attention to him.

We switched out most toys for things too tall to fit under the furniture.
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 4:57 PM on October 10, 2018

Need doggie pic
posted by Melismata at 5:01 PM on October 10, 2018 [8 favorites]

If you want to make the pool noodles look classier, you can wrap them in fabric or a sheet to make them a little less obnoxious.
posted by charmedimsure at 5:10 PM on October 10, 2018 [2 favorites]

Pipe insulation from hardware store! It comes in different thicknesses, is cheap, and you can cut it with scissors. It is dark gray so not too noticeable. You need it larger than it looks like and you will stuff it under the edges. It does require a pretty low to the ground couch.

I used this for cat toys and it worked but had 2 problems.

1. They could crash into it and knock it further under the couch so I would sometimes have to reposition it.
2. Eventually one of them decided to start eating the barrier, so now I have one of these.
posted by ridogi at 7:27 PM on October 10, 2018

We used pipe insulation for our couch ... for our toddler who did the same thing. Dogs & kids, amirite? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
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