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What constitutes a 'spoiled' Chihuahua?

2602 Views 22 Replies 18 Participants Last post by  BorderKelpie
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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My mother made a dig the other day, she said 'when you first got those dogs, you said they were going to be so well-trained!' I was confused, as I think my dogs are well-trained. She was objecting to the fact that I let them jump all over the furniture! I don't consider this bad behaviour and have always allowed them on the furniture, as far as I am concerned it is their house too.
They stay within the boundaries I have set for them (ie no begging for food, you can even eat with them on your lap if you wish, they will ignore your food) and are respectful to both humans and dogs, which is all I have ever asked from them.
I don't consider them spoiled, but I suppose they do lead a rather privileged life. :)
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