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What constitutes a 'spoiled' Chihuahua?

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When approaching this issue seriously, it is hard to decide if one has crossed the line and is in fact spoiling one's chi. We have found, now going on three months with him, that Simcha is incredibly affectionate and loyal. There is a short period of time, a while after breakfast, his morning walk and some play time, when he is willing to go off by himself and take a nap. But the rest of his waking hours he is almost always looking for playtime and affection.

And, he can often be extremely demanding of attention. Needless to say, we usually give in to these demands, and almost never ignore him in an attempt to make him more 'independent.' I would like to think this does not constitute spoiling. For example, he expects to spend time cuddling with us on the upstairs sofa in the evening before his bedtime, which he spends alone in an enclosed porch. He makes it clear by his behavior at nighttime that this is a contractual obligation, and has learned the meaning of the phrase: "Let's go on the sofa." The phrase practically makes him go crazy, and we absolutely must fulfill the promise.

Is there a point at which acceding to very considerable demands for attention and affection creates a spoiled dog? It seems hard to be a casual chi owner.
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I feel like my girls are spoiled, and everyone says so. But they are trained, somewhat, and can't do whatever they want. But we allow them to do a lot. They have free rein of the house pretty much, besides the kitchen. They come on the couch or wherever we are whenever they want. They sleep in bed with us. They always have bully sticks and various chews. They have more clothes then they will ever wear (but they could care less), lots of toys that they never play with. Always trying different treats. They are fed a high quality food. They are my babies and I let them do whatever to an extent, but it's not often I need to correct them at home. They walk well on leashes, Bella listens amazingly while out and is nice to everyone, Izzie we are still working on. And they are rarely left alone, but when they are they have each other.
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