Someone once told me that I spoil my dog. I smiled and nodded. Yes, I do spoil my dog, and I’m proud of it. It’s not really difficult to spoil your dog because little by little, you will acquire things for your dog, like pet toys, dog beds, and yummy treats. You mean well. After all, your dog is your baby, right? With these simple ploys, you will have your dog spoiled in no time. Here are steps, some that you are probably already taking, to move in the direction of spoiling your dog without really trying.
Make a comfy dog bed on the floor of the room in which the family spends most of their time. The dog bed should be nicely padded. Oh, and the bed has to have a pillow and if it’s chilly, don’t forget a blanket. A towel will do.
So your dog doesn’t feel left out, also make space for her on the couch. She should have at least 2/3’s of the couch to qualify for spoiled status. A queen size fitted sheet makes for sufficient protection to keep her hair off the couch, making it usable for guests.
No matter how large your dog is, she’s a lap dog. Welcome her!
In addition to the family room bed (and couch area) your dog will need a bed in your bedroom and outside. Pillows are necessary for inside, but optional for outside
Even though she has her own bed on the floor in your bedroom, that doesn’t mean she can’t also use YOUR bed.
You will, of course, have her water bowl next to her food bowl. To retain her spoiled dog status, you must place a water bowl for her in the bathroom closest to your bedroom. A bowl should be used outside too.
Being able to look out a window on each side of the house is critical. Having a foot rest, like a window sill or radiator, earns you points as a spoiler since you are contributing to your dog’s success at spying squirrels.
Don’t forget to add a fence to border the area of the yard allocated to your dog. We all know why it’s the dog’s area, and it’s not just because of the fun holes she digs making lawn mowing a literal “trip.” If you decide on a picket fence, expect teeth marks until your puppy realizes that the fence is not a chew toy when she stands on her rear paws to get a better view.
Pet toys, you need lots of pet toys. Toys need to roll, bounce, squeak, jingle, fly, or be capable of pulling a Mac truck for a game of tug-a-war. A Kong can keep the dog busy for up to three minutes as she figures out how to dump the goodies out. Even an old sock with a knot in it is a toy. ‘Course that means ANY sock is now eligible for play time.
Treats (called “yummies” around our house) are to be used as rewards. “Good girl for not bringing that dead bird into the house. Here’s a yummy.” Or, “thanks for helping to build the fire.”
You need two dog leashes, each of which the dog will know has a specific purpose. The retractable leash means a walk while the six foot heavy duty nylon leash means a ride in the car. “Oh boy, we are gonna go see somebody. Oh boy, oh boy!” Just picking up one of the leashes will evoke tremendous enthusiasm of similar, yet discernable different nature from the second leash as your dog uses “dog sign language” to display her joy and knowledge of the pending walk or ride.
You will vaguely remember when it was “your car and my car.” Now it’s “your car and the dog’s car” because you’ll never get all the dog hair off the carpet or from the rear window shelf.
At Christmas, she has her own stocking.
We won’t even mention giving the dog food scraps.
If you nodded in agreement to even half of the above items, you have spoiled your dog without really trying. Be proud!!