Background: 7 year old chi mix I adopted in July 2016, so I've had him 6 months. I know very little of his history, but was told he was a lap guarder & "not the type to hang out at the coffee shop" (whatever that means).
He is very loving to people, not to dogs, but neither of those is a problem that I have not been able to handle.
The problem has been bedtime. I know I made mistakes in the beginning: not deciding which areas of the house would be off-limits, for one.
As we live together more, there have been some limits I have had to set, one of which is sleep. Originally, we both enjoyed sleeping in my bed, but several times he got up in the night & pooped in the house, always on carpet. These seemed to be exceptional situations, like indigestion or my feeding him too late or waking up too late. To adjust to that, I bought pee pads & hoped to train him to use those when he is inside with no way to get out. He is very trained as far as never peeing in the house & has only pooped due to some laxity on my part. After all, I realize when you gotta go, you gotta go.
For about a month, I have solved the sleep issue by enclosing him in downstairs bathroom with crate, blank, water & pee pad. It is warm & I do put treats etc in that room to have good associations.
He does not like to sleep in there at night. Up until last night, I have picked him up & brought him in, even though his body language was very negative about it. Last night, when I went to pick him up off his pad on one of my couches, he snapped & scared me.
He has tried to placate me a bit this morning, but I am disturbed & need experienced feedback. I never had a chi before, & haven't had a dog for 25 years, & those dogs were mostly for my daughter. I would not call myself a dog person, but I love Captain Falcon (that's his name, now I call him 'Cappy').
He has been so good for me; I am committed, but I will/can not tolerate any aggression from a pet.
Any & all feedback very much appreciated