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Desparate to Co-Exist. Need advice...

12006 Views 46 Replies 26 Participants Last post by  Angel1210
First off, let me say that I do not dislike chihuahuas or dogs in general.

That said let me explain my situation a bit.

I got married about 8 months ago (28M, 33F). My fiance has a 3 year old chihuahua, Pete. I knew she had the dog but we did not live together before getting married. I have never been much of an animal person but from what I saw of the dog I did not thinking sharing a house with him would be too difficult.

I was wrong. For the past 8 months I have tried everything to come to terms with the fact that this dog will be in my life for a LONG time to come. My wife adores him, calls him her "son". We have spent a lot of money to get him trained and it got better but he is still so willful.

My issues:

1. CONSTANT following, staring, being underfoot when she is not there.
2. Does not listen, very stubborn.
3. REFUSES to poop or pee in the cold, the instant we let him in, he goes.
4. Constant jumping in my lap, getting hair all over me. I am mildly allergic too.

I could go on and on. I guess what I want / need to know is how can I get the dog to understand that I am to be left alone? I have never and would never mistreat the dog but I really do not want to be my wife's stand in when she is away. I have discussed these issues with her and she cannot get past the fact that some people are just not animal people. I really cannot stand the constant following, lap jumping, etc. He even tries to get into the bathroom AND shower when I try to use them!!!

Please give advice on I how I can co-exist with this dog. What I want is to have minimal interaction.

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I have a FB friend whose husband doesn't like dogs but my friend has dogs all her life. They married for over 40 years and are still happily married. I don't know the exact secret of their happy marriage, but they agree to draw a line regarding my friend's dogs. The dogs have their own nursery, I mean nursery is like a human baby ones, they even have a baby cot in there for the dogs to sleep at night. A wardrobe and all in that room. They have a baby gate on the door, so I guess the husband can put her dogs in their room while she's not at home. But they have more than 1 dog, so that means the dogs are not lonely and not seeking for human attention while in their room. I understand not everybody is a dog person, my husband is more a cat person and he doesn't mind the dogs in the house and my dogs (both Chihuahuas and Staffordshire Bull Terriers) learn not to cross the line with time, but they have their own companies to play and socialise with, so even if my son or I am not around, the dogs are happy enough to play together without bothering my husband.

Good luck and hope you will find a solution soon.
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