Leadership Struggle – Help!

Hi, I’m new to this so you may have to bear with me. I feel it’s important you have background information to give you an insight as to what is going on.

My husband has a 7 year old jack russell called Max. We married 8 months ago and I and my 15 year old daughter moved in.

Unfortunately Max and myself are constantly in a ‘power struggle’ and if I didn’t know better I would think he was jealous.

Some days he is fantastic but others he refuses point blank to do anything I ask, but the worst problem is urinating on the floor when I go out. I make sure I let him out and he ‘goes’ beforehand but even if I’m only out 10 minutes he still wees on the floor.

I know before I came along my husband was very lax in training Max, so he probably sees me as the strict one and appears to be rebelling against me.

The other problem is his aggression when anyone comes to our home. He will bark and growl constantly and has been known to have a quick nip! This is unacceptable to me but my hubby thinks he is just protecting his territory.

Don’t get me wrong he is a fantastic dog when he is behaving and I love him to bits, but I always thought that a dog was supposed to enhance your life – not make it more stressful. I want us to have a great relationship all the time, I’m sure both of us would be happier.

Any advice would be very much appreciated

PS He has a fantastic relationship with my daughter and follows her everywhere, but he definitely thinks that she is beneath him! Lol

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