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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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Are you defiantly not a dog person or are you a person who just never really had a dog? My husband claimed to not be a dog person at first but turns out he just never had a good relationship with a dog. May I suggest instead of trying to figure out how to "co-exist" with Pete try finding some way to enjoy him. Watch how your wife interacts with him (when she thinks your not paying attention) and see how happy she is, you don't have to be a dog person to appreciate that.
Just thought I would share this I have always been a dog person..ALWAYS..but when I met my husband I lived in an apartment and couldn't have one with me so my dog lived with my mom. When we got married I literately drove my husband crazy cause I missed having a dog but he was hesitant to have one in the house. I compromised by sharing my dog with my mom so she was only at our house part of the time and he got used to me being the crazy dog lady a little at a time. It didn't happen overnight but 15 years later he actually brought Penny home with out even asking I don't know what excited me more getting such an adorable new puppy or realizing my husband is now a crazy dog guy. I'm just saying just keep trying you will figure it out.
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