This is my first post, sorry if it's been re-hashed. I usually search thoroughly but I only searched briefly this time because my search eyes are worn out.
Why? I've been searching incessantly to find indoor invisible fence wire to no avail. Read on...
We just got a very expensive sectional microfiber couch (power recliners, USBs in the armests, heated and cooled cup holders, etc) to replace our shredded old leather couches (the 3 cats we have are clawed, trimmed regularly and didn't use the couch as a scratching post but shredded it just climbing). We chose microfiber because it doesn't show any cat claw marks (and it's working great so far!).
My dog is a 60lb mut... shepherd/pit/lab (?) mix. He's a very good dog around people, kids, outside, everthing, but he LOVES to tear the stuffing out of stuffed animals. He never messed with our leather couches (not sure why), but he sees the new microfiber couches and one big stuffed animal. We left him out one day to test and found he had tried to scratch the cushions open (no permanent damage this time but we don't want it to happen again).
My first attempt at correction was a plastic spike-strip type deal and his paws are too tuff - it didn't bother him one bit. My next thought was the static-shock scat-mats placed on the cushion tops, but we don't want the cats getting shocked accidentally, and we are okay with them being on the couch.
My last thought is an invisible fence type deal run under the couches and a collar on him that beeps first so he learns but I can't find anything for indoors except the little circular pods that radiate a signal. Our couch is long and "L" shaped and there is no good way to ward off just the couch area, without him getting shocked in other areas of the room we want him in.
Ideally, I'd like a system I can run wires hidden under the couch with adjustable range, so it only beeps/shocks him when he's right up against the couch (or even on it). When we are home and sitting in the couches, I don't want him afraid of coming up to us if he wants to be petted while sitting in front of it.
I can find under-ground invisible fence wire EVERYWHERE but nothing that says it's suitable for indoor use. The difference being range - most of the outdoor systems start the warning 10ft to 50ft before the wire ... with these couches, I want the warning as short as possible (1-2ft). My eyes are worn out searching for something like this.
We crate him at night and I really don't want to crate him all day... it's no life
being out of the crate for 5 hours a day after we're home.
What should I do?