I have serious issue that I need help with. My Mom is getting married! I like her fiancé well enough, but the problem is now it seems I am going to have to share a lot more…my place in the bed and mom’s attention come to mind immediately. Plus, HE doesn’t like for me get on the couch! It’s my house and the couch is ALWAYS where Mom and I snuggle and take naps. I don’t want to make Mom mad, but I think he needs some clarification about how things roll around our house! Do you have any ideas?
That is troubling when someone new comes into the house and doesn’t understand the established house rules. It seems to me you just need explain to him how things
work. When it is time for bed, don’t hesitate, look guilty, or ask for permission from either party: just get on the bed, go to your spot and don’t look back. Hold your
ground. When commotion ensues, lay your head down between your paws, flatten your ears and whimper just a little (a/k/a the “Pitiful Look”). Your Mom will break
first and then she can clarify the bed rule. Same pattern on the couch. Just get on the couch, don’t look back and pull the “Pitiful Look”. Your Mom won’t be able to resist
and soon you will be in snuggle mode. Who knows, HE may even join, and then you have victory! On the very bright side of things, realize that you will now have double the opportunity for leftovers at every meal – SCORE! Good luck!