I would also suggest that Pete get alot of exercise, it will help him get out some of his energy and he will be much more mellow when he's hanging out, but his excerise needs to be daily. Good luck
How sad, poor little Pete, he just wants to be your friend, I can't understand why you would shun his love and affection, why don't you give him a chance? This situation could very well have gone the other way, he could be barking, growling and otherwise just hating you, but he is trying to be your friend and campanion, he is trying to make you a family member and you are not compromising. I also find it very hard to believe that you didn't know about these behaviors before you got married, didn't you spend time with the dog?I figured I would ruffle some feathers here, and that's ok. I knew that on a forum like this my opinions would not be very popular.
I think part of the problem is that I could never have imagined just how needy the dog is. I mean it's not enough that he is sitting next to me when I am using the laptop, he has to try and crawl in my lap despite me repeatedly, over the course of several months, correcting him. It gets frustrating. I have never wanted a dog and I thought that I would be able to leave the majority of the "dog chores" to my wife. I have ended up doing far more than I care to do. I wish she would have prepared me better for what I could expect. I never knew to ask. A long discussion wife my wife is in order. We need to find a happy medium.
Like I said I think if he was more laid back it would be easier, but the EXTREME neediness is what bothers me.
Anyway thanks for the great advice and suggestions!