I have just embarked on a campaign to keep my two Boxers off the lounge couches. It has become an embarrassment to have visitors and nowhere for them to sit except the dining chairs. The material of the couches is a polyester suede which hugs fur and fluff to itself with selfish glee and won't willingly give it up unless by force. Fur especially works it's way into the weave of the fabric and doesn't vacuum off, so I have to use rubber kitchen gloves, and have been known to wear right through those with the rubbing. SO.... my two doggies are banned from the couches and we have to put kitchen chairs on them to stop Cinda and Zak becoming couch potatoes again! They have their own bed in the lounge anyway, but it's the undoing of a very long time of allowing them to have their way which could be MY undoing! Because they're both inside dogs and we are in the middle of winter, they are shedding constantly. But that's another story. Thanks for letting me have a whinge....must be the bleak cold days.............I don't intend shaving them by the way.