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Desparate to Co-Exist. Need advice...

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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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Ok I am prolly gonna get boo'ed off the forum for this... but no matter HOW nice and sweet you are I have no idea how your wife or any other chi person could marry you, lmao.

Ok ok ok, that horrible part of me aside; if I had no choice but to coexist with a *shudders at the thought* non-dog-person.... I would probably feel better if I (that being your wife, if you make your feelings clear to her) set up an area myself for my dogs... somewhere in my room that I knew you couldn't be around him. I know this sounds seriously horrible; but if you truly don't want the dog around you and to be left alone I would feel horrible leaving my dog to deal with that. Chi's have no way of grasping that people want to be entirely "left alone." So I'd avoid the situation entirely and set up an area with a pee pad and toys and chewies so that while I was gone the dog had a safe place to be. Not that being around you is "unsafe" don't get me wrong. I just wouldn't want to put my dog through being stressed/confused trying to follow someone around and getting shut down constantly... sure they can learn to cope with it but that doesn't mean they'll be happy. I guess that makes me a horrible person but so be it. I choose not to surround myself with people who aren't dog people.... call me the crazy dog lady but my dogs happiness is a priority. I can't imagine my OH being any different than scooping up our dogs for kisses, "tucking" them into blankets at night, and loving the attention when we're cuddled under blankets with little warm doggies piled on top. I don't understand how you non-dog people work, LOL.
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