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    Maggie doesn't get bathed in summer as she swims all the time. In winter it is her mission to find something as smelly as possible and roll in it. yesterday we went on a day trip to Mt Barker I. Made a stop at an oval near the town to give her a break and throw the frisbee a bit. Got back in the car and it became aromatically evident that the joyful roll in the grass had been purposeful. Fifty klms with the window down.
    In terms of being spoilt it's sort of comparative isn't it. Compared to the dogs of my childhood she has toys and probably more attention as there are no children in my house, but she would love it if there was. She is with us whenever possible and that is most of the time and is glued to my side 24/7 when I am available. I have noticed people usually mean we spend a lot of time walking and grooming etc. She has a priority in the house to be cared for compared to a neighbours dog who is fed and healthy but howls through the fence as we walk past twice a day to go to the park literally over the road from his house. He is rarely seen there and all they have to do is literally cross a quiet road to an off leash park rarely used by others. sad. But he is cared for. Compared to him who spends days alone watching watching she is definitely spoilt .
    She doesn't get everything she wants but has everything she needs and a bit more.
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    Harlequin, my son's pup is spoilt. We are eating dinner, at table around their house, and pup jumps onto the table, and walks across it to stand and see out of the window! my son casually just picks dog off and pops it on the floor, and carries on eating.
    Being allowed onto dining tables, even when folks are eating at that table? surely that's spoilt!

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    From what you have told us I'd say Harlequin is thoroughly spoiled! No boundaries in his life at home, and everything is free!

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    > Well not always.......... Brian is a Rottweiler, he's a big boy and a working breed,


    What I was trying to say is that the basic care levels of a dog will be determined in some part by the breed, that's not to say you can't choose what level of attention you give your dog and I don't think any of what you do is spoiling your dog it sounds like he is very well loved and cared for.

    For example a lot of people here who say they don't give their dogs a bath have dogs that regularly get to swim in a lake etc, bulldogs sink like stones and I don't have access to a lake, so the occassional bath is going to be needed. I understand your reasons for having Brian sleep inside and I think it's lovely to have dogs sleep inside, the difference being Brian would cope with sleeping outside at a physical level, whereas something a bit more fragile like a Chihuahua just wouldn't.

    My comment was in response to bernie's post that got me thinking that while he's working dogs are obviously happy and healthy, if I treated my bulldog the same way it would be miserable and sick very quickly. I was just wondering if some people think a dog is spoilt but in actual fact as a breed it just has a higher basic care level.
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    "it became aromatically evident that the joyful roll in the grass had been purposeful"

    LOL! Nice prose and so recognisable. That kind of roll is the only reason my dogs get washed.

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    that is nice prose. now you pointed it out, its fantastic! Purposeful. Love it.

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    Thanks for all your replies everyone.

    From what i've read i don't consider anyone on here's dog/s spoilt.

    But that is just my opinion and what i would really like to know is "what level or boundaries do you or someone else have to cross before you consider the dog/s spoilt?"

    Can dogs become like human children and take for granted life's luxuries and expect a free ride and become selfish and disrespectful and spoilt, or do dogs not work like this?

    Also why do so many people readily admit that their dogs may be spoilt but god help you if you tell them their children are.
    If you think dogs can't count, try putting three dog biscuits in your pocket and then giving Fido only two of them. ~Phil Pastoret

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    haha.. maybe its more socially acceptable to spoil your pets but I think they can become as selfish disrespectful and spoilt as kids so I think that is something you have to watch for. I would never let me dog on the table, so I agree with Bernie, his son's pup is spoilt! But then some people would think that my puppy will be spoilt because I'm going to let it sleep on the spare bed if it wants to.

    I hate visiting a house where a pet has the run of the place to the point where visitors have less rights than the pet, i.e. the pet gets to sit anywhere and you have to move around it, the pet isn't controlled and jumps up, growls or is agressive to the visitor and the owner just shrugs and says 'well it's their house not yours'.

    Animals like people will treat you the way you teach them to, if you spoil your dog to the point where it has no boundaries you might very well end up with a disrespectful and hard to handle pet. I will expect my visitors to be kind and respectful to my puppy but I will also teach my puppy that while I love him to death and will chuck anyone out of the house that hurts or upsets him, I will also expect him to view humans as higher up in the pack and that in most things they will get preference. For me that means no sitting on the couch because humans don't want dog hairs all over their clothes, no begging at the table and no jumping up on visitors.

    But in everything else I'll happily spoil him with daily grooming, hugs, play time, cuddles, massage before sleep to relax him, staying inside, sleeping on the spare bed if he wants to, leaving the tv on when we are out to keep him company etc etc.

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    That's another interesting side of this subject, isn't it. I think when you call kids spoilt, it is assumed that that negatively affects their behaviour and also that it will give them a disadvantage later in life.

    So if you believe that a dog will not see you as a leader and start misbehaving when you allow them to sleep on your bed for example, then yes, you would regard that as spoiling.

    It is funny that a few people I know who think letting a dog sleep inside and get on the furniture etc are the kind of people who will randomly toss their dog tidbits from their dinner plate. That I call spoiling because it is unhealthy for the dog and it will make them into annoying beggars. I have never in my life fed a dog anything from my plate and I won't tolerate my dog even looking at my plate when I'm eating. But I bought leather couches so I could let the dog use them without them getting wrecked!

    Then again... my previous dog hated lying on the floor and looked miserable if she couldn't get on the couch when we visited people. That was embarrassing and I think I had spoiled her because she had that expectation that she could use the couch anywhere and everywhere. In her defence, she was a staghound cross and hard floors where uncomfortable and cold because of her bony structure and thin coat. I should've always carried a bed with me for her. Banjo doesn't mind lying on the floor at all. As soon as it warms up a bit, that's her favourite spot to lie. So letting her on the couch doesn't create issues for either of us.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beloz View Post
    I think when you call kids spoilt, it is assumed that that negatively affects their behaviour and also that it will give them a disadvantage later in life.

    So if you believe that a dog will not see you as a leader and start misbehaving when you allow them to sleep on your bed for example, then yes, you would regard that as spoiling..
    That is brilliantly worded Beloz and i couldn't agree more.
    If you think dogs can't count, try putting three dog biscuits in your pocket and then giving Fido only two of them. ~Phil Pastoret

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