I have four spoiled dogs that are family. Two are beagles (4yo), one is a Dalmatian and who-knows-what mix (4yo), and one is a hound of some kind (1yo). They are a fairly calm pack (some excitability when seeing a squirrel, at meal time, etc). They have a doggy door so are in and out at will. They do lounge on furniture and sleep in my bed. My thought is to put a baby gate at Mom's bedroom door as additional "protection" for her (she has never had dogs or been around any for any period of time). However, the common areas are common, including to the dogs. Mom would like to have her sofa in the living room (no problem); however, she insists that the dogs stay off. Some dogs, and I'm not certain if that would be the canine variety, need to learn some new tricks.