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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 am pretty certain I have learned to spoil Lady in a mere four months. I have bought her the essentials (good food, a bed, pet insurance, toys, etc). However, I love when she is with me and my husband. We enjoy her so much and really do love her like a kid. We got married in our 40s so we never had kids. This allows our fur kids to get a lot of attention. How do I know I spoil her, we have been known to plan social activities lately around where the dog can go. She loves to ride in the car, socialize and go places. I like nothing more than a good walk or a bike ride with my Lady, she is so easy to spoil because she came to me, well like a Lady (so well behaved). I also think spoiling her is somewhat related to buying unnecessary things. For example, I am guilty of buying Lady two Halloween clothing items. I feel guilty about that as I type this. I should have bought a Halloween costume for a child in need. Why do we spoil in this way??? I guess is that permanent-grin Lady has and the endless warm fuzzies she gives back. is so easy to spoil such a loving and cute pup!
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