Pepe is my velcro dog. He HAS to be with me at all times or he will scream. After working with him for two months, I am finally seeing an improvement. He has one knee with grade 4 LP and a hip that pops; since he was found running the street in a pack of little dogs, starving, I am not sure if his structural problems are hereditary or the result of injury. He is NOT socalized at all, in the house, only my one daughter and my mom are able to hold him or even touch him. He will growl to warn off everyone else and will snap, not bite, when pressed. (my brother's girlfriend insisted in trying to pet him even though I told her to leave him alone) I couldn't get his nails done at the groomers because he growled and snapped at the girl. But, thank goodness, he let me do them at home. He loves the other chis and dislikes my daughter's lab/pit mix, barking at him and nipping at his back feet. Bouncer is a saint, I've only seen him get tired of it a few times and he snapped in his direction to tell him to back off, which Pepe cheerfully ignored. I know Bouncer will never hurt him, but I try to get Pepe to stop immediately for Bouncer's sake and to change the behavior. He does the same thing with cats as long as they are not facing him. I have some very dog friendly cats and Milo tried to rub faces with him and I thought he was going to have a heart attack. He does leave Rowdy alone as long as she is in the dog room, out of it, she is fair game. He LOVES car rides, both in my hand and in his car seat. Outside, he has perfect recall. He goes with me to get the mail or take out garbage without a leash. He loves to pretend to bite my nose, then lick me hysterically. He's a joy and the most frustrating dog I have ever met. But I love him to death. I love a challenge.
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