Hi all! New to the forum but not new to dogs. We just recently got a new dog, he is a 7 month old Boxer/sheppard cross, mostly boxer for sure. Anyways, he listens almost 100 per cent of the time to my husband so there is no guessing who was established as Alpha male of the pack, however, I feel that he thinks I am either his sibling or his subordinate as he hardly ever listens to me. I use the same techniques that work for my husband but he just looks at me like...ya right and continues on. The worst is the biting and the barking. When he bites at me I say "no bite" but he just sits there and barks and nips at me. I could go into a lot more detail but I hope this gets my point across. I know there can only be one alpha in a pack but are there any suggestions for getting him to listen to me as well?
Obedience classes should help. I took my dog to classes, without my husband. He still will listen to him better at times, but I think without class, I would be in the same position you are. We have taken socialization, and obedience level one. Tomorrow we are starting another obedience class. I have found spending time without my husband, just the dog and I talking walks helps too. I am a soft spoken person, so I have found this to be most helpful way. This is my third Chow Chow, but my first I've raised from a puppy. Stubborn little things!
The person who controls the food and toys and access to the outside is the one the dog is going to respond to the best. Don't free feed dole out the food a little at a time so the dog is eating from your hand, only you give the dog toys and you remove them, only you take the dog outside and on a leash even if you have a fenced yard. Make the dog sit and wait for you to open and close the door and you go thru the door first. Hubby needs to step back until the dog has accepted you are way ahead of it in the household rankings.