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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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Personally, I love that Miya wants to have "sofa" time like you mentioned above. I want to cuddle with her, I think, as much as she wants to cuddle with me. Who said spoiled is a bad thing anyway? The way I see it, dogs have a certain number of years on this earth. If I'm going to be a dog owner/lover, I'm going to do everything I can and want to do to make those years the best years a dog could ever dream of.
A "spoiled" Chihuahua to me is one that is allowed to get away with everything. A spoiled Chihuahua is not properly socialized, is babied, is over-fed, and most likely does not see you as their master. I think a lot of people commonly misinterpret spoiled for being lavished with luxurious items and fun things, but in a dog's case, I really don't think that's the definition of spoiled. A dog being spoiled is being allowed to be misbehaved and demanding.
If we're defining spoiled as this, then I would have to agree with you. The mainstream definition of spoiled is like you said, having lavish and luxurious items..if that's the case, then I think it's ok and not really a bad thing. But when we talk about a dog that misbehaves and is demanding...that's when being spoiled can be a bad thing.
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