Having pets in your home seems like a constant choice between having great looking furniture and your lovable companion. Well, you can have them both as long as you learn how to keep them away from each other, actually, the pet from the furniture. Most pets love to cuddle and where else can they catch you in a relaxed mood than on your favorite seat. You may have to deal with fur issues after that fulfilling session though so have furniture slip covers on.
Cats especially love to scratch as a matter of necessity; it is something they have to do as cats. The action helps them to shed the outer layer on their nails while sharpening them. You must prepare a scratch pad or post for him to do this otherwise your furniture will suffer the brunt of those sharp nails. You may also spray the area they love to scratch with some sour smelling solution that will repel him.
For dogs the issue is chewing on furniture. The remedy is simple really, get him a toy to chew on and when you notice the urge to chew coming on to him, give it to him. Such training will help in the long run though it may take a while to have your canine fully trained. During the training keep your furniture legs covered with either a blanket or a foul smelling spray.
Conditioning and programming works well on animals. Every time your cat starts to scratch on your furniture, spray some water on him and since felines do not love water, he will flee. If you do this repeatedly, he will soon associate scratching that particular spot with getting wet and keep off. Most pets do not love loud noises and you can use this to your advantage by making some sudden and loud noise when you notice a scratching or chewing coming on.