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    This is an interesting question for me. Considering just the question 'are my dogs spoilt' at first i would say no. However when i think of the question more like "do my dogs get everything they want?" well for Dodge i'd say yes because she gets basically everything she wants, she gets to spend basically ALL day with her favourite person (my Dad) She gets treats from the kitchen whenever she wants (She's just too adorable) She's got a lovely red jacket too :P Other than that, there is not much that Dodge really wants.. she isn't very demanding. She has no desire to come inside with us, and because she is so independent she has no interest in toys or training. Koda however, i would say he is not spoilt. If it was up to me, he would be very spoilt. Koda gets basically everything he wants (toys, treats, play time, exercise etc etc) except for being able to spend time with me inside the house. Obviously I can't spend ALL my time outside with Koda, so he has to be without me sometimes. But that is the one thing Koda wants, to be able to spend all the time in the world with me (and to be honest, i want that too). If it were up to me, Koda would be a mostly inside dog, sleeping next to my bed, watching tv with me....helping me cook dinner But sadly he's not gonna get that until i move out.

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    Bernie's post got me thinking it has a lot to do with the breed. He has active working dogs that need lots of training and boundaries. They are more suited to being outside and if they dont get baths i wouldnt let them near furniture either LOL

    Other breeds by nature need a bit more TLC which some might consider spoiling. But then you wouldnt leave a chihuahua outside all night and expect it to still be alive in the morning.

    Im getting a bulldog which is more suited to being an inside dog as its a companion dog not a working dog. They also dont like extreme temps which means he will have a paddle pool in summer and a jumper in winter but definitely no dress up clothes! I dont think thats spoiling him its giving him what he needs to stay happy and healthy.

    Im going to try vets all natural because i want him to have a balanced diet that hasnt had all the goodness processed out of it but i also dont want to spend hours calculating whether he's getting enough calcium etc.so i dont mind paying a bit extra but still count that as basic care.

    I think the breed will determine your baseline then how much 'spoiling' you do on top of that is up to you.

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    So it comes down to needs vs wants. My dog needs a balanced diet, but she wants to eat my pizza for example.

    Spoiling would then mean letting your dog do stuff they want to do that you know isn't good for them?

    But what a dog's needs are is what is up for discussion in the scenario in the OP. I think my dog needs to be inside with us a lot because we are her pack. I think it best for my dog to give her access to the house when we're out because our house is her den. I think both of those are perfectly acceptable and convenient strategies to prevent potential problem behaviours like escaping, barking or digging too. The majority of people I know would think I'm a crazy dog lady because of the letting dog inside when we're not there. I find usually when I bother to discuss this with them that I can articulate clear reasons why I do what I do but all they have is "it's spoiling" without being able to offer any potential negative effects on the dog or me. So it's BS as far as I can tell.

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    Is my dog spoilt??? Hmmm, I like to think so lol. He has his own couch in the tv room(an electric recliner even), he sleeps on my bed, he gets a minimum of an hour at the beach each day(2.5hrs today) plus a walk around the streets most nights, he gets the right amount of food and treats to keep him at a healthy weight ... I guess the fact I don't go running of the vet every time a little niggle somes up may detract from his spoiltness but overall, yup, my dog is spoilt rotten. He does of course still know his place in the pack.

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    Crazy dog lady... theheheh. Yep, me too.

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    At the end of the day its your dog so as along as its happy healthy and well behaved spoil it as much as you like and tell others to go jump!

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    .Bernie's post got me thinking it has a lot to do with the breed. He has active working dogs that need lots of training and boundaries. They are more suited to being outside and if they dont get baths i wouldnt let them near furniture either LOL

    Other breeds by nature need a bit more TLC which some might consider spoiling. But then you wouldnt leave a chihuahua outside all night and expect it to still be alive in the morning.
    Well not always.......... Brian is a Rottweiler, he's a big boy and a working breed, he gets lots of training, every day and school on weekends. Boundaries too, he has to work for every bit of food, stay on his bed until we finish eating, wait at the door/ gate to be given permission to move. He has to walk by my side when out and wait for permission to sniff about.

    He is groomed every single day, brushed, mouth, ears, paws inspected and a hydro bath and blow dry every six weeks or so.
    He is the first of our dogs to be allowed on the couch, my husbands fault, I wouldn't have agreed to it and I have a single seater while they snuggle up together.

    He sleeps in a crate in the family room at night. I would NEVER leave him outside on his own, someone might pinch him.

    Brian is fed the very best food I can afford, I am very careful with his diet. He has lots of balls, frisbee and tug toys. He has a lovely red raincoat that looks like a horse blanket because we walk every day regardless of weather and a soaking wet dog makes a lot of mess.
    We celebrated his 1st Gotcha day last month with a family BBQ. He got a steak but instead of a gift we donated money to the Refuge we adopted him from.

    Is he spoilt, don't know? I know we love him to bits and are all to well aware that dogs have a very short lifespan and we intend to make it a great life.

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    LOL, another crazy dog lady here

    Bernie are you serious that your dogs don't get baths? Neither do mine, but you're the first person I've ever heard say that. I had a dog once who had been over-bathed for years before I got her and she was left with permanent skin issues. I've since heard that an awful lot of skin conditions treated by vets are caused by too much bathing. My guys get rinsed with fresh water after the beach, and come home from a freshwater river swim with coats that are so soft and shiny you'd swear theyd been shampooed and conditioned.

    And contrary to what most people seem to think, my dogs don't smell at all. Admittedly like Bernie's dogs, they also don't get to be on carpet, human furniture, etc, so I'm not too worried about a bit of dirt occasionally. And they're certainly happy not getting baths (as my son would be if he had a choice)

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    yes, deadly serious about not bathing my dogs. Bernie, who is 6, has had 2 baths his entire life. Pohm had her first bath at 1yr, when we took her camping and she rolled in my son's poo, he had not buried. So yep, bath!

    Brian has been having maleseb lotion soaks medicinally for yeast infection.

    But they are all very clean. Brushed a lot, groomed properly weekly. That's pretty clean.

    And they all swim daily all year around, so a lake bath for sure!

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    Interesting. Nero had only 1 bath in his 3 years and he doesn't smell either. He does swim in the creek almost every day though. Because his coat is so short he just gets a brush every six months or so. That's it for his grooming. Yet he doesn't smell. Not even when he is wet and his coat is supershiny and supersoft.

    Roxy does have a bath every few weeks because she likes to roll in shit (...). I think catshit is a favourite. She too swims almost every day - but she does smell when she is wet. I blame the stink in the car on her.

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