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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'm with mini grace... he will learn how to be differently with you than your wife. My chis are very different with me than with my hubby. You just need to help him know what you like. And it cant just be 'ignore me'.. lol

When I get home I ignore the dogs until they are all calm then I say hello, we go out for potty, and everone gets a treat. Try to figure a 'greeting' that works for you but lets the dog feel 'noticed' and cared about. It can be very low key.

Try tossing a pillow or cozy blanket near you and when he hops in your lap put him on his blanket. If you catch him on his blanket give him a treat and kind word to encourage that.

If you ignore him he will pester more. If you just take a few minutes to give some low key attention and look for opportunities to give attention and treats when he is less underfoot he will learn that this is how he gets what he wants from you. :)

It is entirely possible to have a chihuahua who is more low key. My hubby likes they all crazy and hyper but I like calmness. So with him they jump all over and go nuts. For me they are quiet and calm and wait for my attention. Even the pups have learned that you have to be calm or mom will just ignore you. It does work. They are little attention hounds for sure so use that to your advantage and give attention when he is not annoying for you.
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