I married someone who has an Australian Cattle Dog. We dated for a year and a half before we got married. My husband travels a lot for work and would be gone for weeks at a stretch. During his trips I would take care of the dog. It seemed that each trip, the dog would listen to me less and urinate in the house more. By the time we moved in together, it was apparent that the dog did not like me and to be fair, I am not particularly fond of the dog. The dog watches every step I take and whines if I am home. The peeing in the house has increased two a couple of times a week. Why does he do this? I have never abused him. In fact I think I walked him more than my husband ever did before this got so bad. Does he resent me for taking his owner away? We are moving into a new house in less than a month and I am afraid of this dog ruining the floors and my husband will be traveling a lot this spring. How can we make this work?
he is marking the house to tell you it is his house, not yours. he's trying to be dominant over you, your husband and the dog are above you in the dog's mind. you need to do obedience training with him. is he neutered? if not, he should be. the best would be to take an obedience class with the dog with you as the handler. this teaches the dog that you are in charge, not him. he will learn to listen to you. for now, if he knows commands such as sit, stay, down; have him sit for any attention. when you walk him, before the leash goes on have him sit. before going out the door, have him sit. before you pat him or scratch him or talk to him, have him sit. before feeding, have him lay down. if he knows stay do at least one stay per day. do lots of "downs" during the day, too, at random. give praise and attention when he obeys the commands. clean all areas he's pottied on with an enzymatic pet accident cleaner such as "Nature's Miracle" from a pet supply place. you can tether him to you with a leash to watch him so he can't potty in the house. this also teaches him he has to follow you. do this at least part of a day every day.
oh, and also, your husband should have the dog do sits and downs before attention, walking, and feeding, too. he should practice obedience training with the dog, too. actually, obedience can work to strengthen the bond the dog has with his humans and well as letting the dog know his place in the household. dog shouldn't be on the furniture or on the bed.