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Yesterday, while we were at the dog park, a wonderfully friend dog came and sat in my lap.  When Cactus came to see me, the dog in my lap was friendly but Cactus was not a fan of the situation.  He did that stiff legged prance up to the other dog and was just ready, spring loaded if you will, to snap.  When the lap dog did move, Cactus tried to pounce on him, meaning he did his big boy bark and shoved the other dog out of the way.  It was as if he was saying, That is my human!  I have never seen Cactus be aggressive, so this was shocking and in some way endearing......... I just realized though that Cactus thinks I am his "girl".......... because in addition to this dog park incident, when my boyfriend came over last night and I ignored Cactus, my dog went and peed on his bed, even though we were right there to let him out.

Now what?  I like having a boyfriend.  I like petting other dogs at the dog park.  And I am smitten with my own dog!  Getting rid of or eliminating any of them is not my first choice as a permanent solution.... Please help.  The more words I read, the more ideas I can get and then I can piece together a solution.  I appreciate and thank you in a advance for all responses!
 

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My poor dear Cactus has not experienced the life of sleeping on my couch or my bed.  I never let that start because I don't want dog hair all over the place- on the dog it is fine; furniture not so much.  

However, my boyfriend came over again yesterday and there were no peeing incidents.  

I absolutely agree that I do not want to take away his guarding behavior.  That is why we got him in the first place.  The fact that he has become a beloved pet, at least at this level of pure joy at dog ownership, was totally unexpected.
 
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