You absolutely love snuggling up with your pup on the couch. The only problem is that she tends to shed everywhere, tear the fabric, eat her food on it and generally make it look dirtier. What are you supposed to do? You don’t want to kick your best furry friend off, but you also need to protect your furniture.
With a pet couch cover that stays in place, you can do just that. Discover how to protect your couch from your dog while ensuring you are both comfortable at the same time.
What is a pet couch cover
Dog couch covers are slipcovers or large, waterproof blankets that sit on top of your couch cushions and protect your couch’s fabric from pet messes. They can be made of different materials like leather, nylon, polyester, microfiber, velvet and cotton and come in different sizes depending on how large your couch is and how large your dog is. Many companies offer fun designs and a variety of colors so you can include your couch cover into your home design or complement it with the color of your couch. Pet couch covers come in handy when your dog decides the couch looks a little comfier than the carpet.
What to look for in a pet couch cover
There are many brands of couch covers for dogs that look and feel nice and also do a great job protecting a couch from dog fur, dog pee, drool and dirty paws.
Features to look for when searching for pet couch covers include:
- Easy to clean—cotton, microfiber and velvet rank among the easiest fabrics to clean.
- Comfortability — pick fabrics that are soft and not itchy.
- Durable and chew proof
- Stays in place either with elastic straps that go around the back or sides of the couch, sides that easily tuck into the cushions or an anti-skid underside
- Waterproof, so that you can protect your couch from pee, vomit or wet paws and fur
- A design that either matches or complements your home décor
- The measurements line up with the size of your couch.
How to find the best couch covers for dogs
You can find couch covers for pets at many stores, including Orvis, Pottery Barn, Target, Macys and Walmart. If you can’t buy in person, read customer reviews, which can give you insight into how well a couch cover stays in place and how easy to clean the fabric actually is.
Here are a few of our favorite couch covers for pets:
The Blue Zoca provides 100% waterproof and leakproof protection from your dogs drips, drools, paws and claws. It’s machine washable, soft, thick, absorbent and reversible, coming in three colors that reverse into grey.
The PupProtector Waterproof Throw Blanket is waterproof, machine washable and can be transferred from your couch to your car seats to your bed.
FurHaven Reversable Furniture Covers are water-resistant, machine-washable and have anchors that secure the base on the sides and an elastic strap that secures the back.
Petsafe CozyUp Sofa Protector is a combo waterproof dog bed and couch cover made from microsuede fiber. It’s machine washable and has an anchor that keeps the cover in place on your couch.
Check out the top-rated couch covers for dogs on pet store websites and Amazon. For instance, the Easy-Going Sofa Slipcover, which is reversible, water resistant, and made of thick microfiber is machine washable and easy to install.
Another option is the Ameritex Waterproof Dog Bed Cover Pet Blanket. It’s waterproof, machine washable, and made of soft microfiber. If you need to, you can move this blanket to your bed at night, too.
Of course, you can always use positive reinforcement with treats and clicker training so that your dog won’t jump on the couch. But who else is going to cuddle with you during your Netflix binge? A couch cover may just be the better choice for you and your furry BFF.
This article was originally published by Dogster.com. Read the original article here.