Now, understand that I'm not saying you should let your pets run wild, untamed, in control of everything. If there's one thing I can't abide, it's a cat or dog or kid that is wildly running the show. Wait... is that one, two or three things?
Let's get serious. Our pets need to learn good manners exactly as our kids need to learn good manners. The polite, "Yes, Ma'am," and "No, Sir," replies to tasks or questions are correct. For dogs and cats, it's listening to Mom or Dad when we say, "Sit down, don't do that, stop... I said stop..." for whatever reason. At our house we're teaching the dogs to stop at crosswalks. They don't like it much, but they're catching on. Better they get the idea we're serious when we say "stop", rather than running out into the road or down the path, unfettered. (yes, they are on leashes...)
Here's what I mean by spoiling your pets - having good, healthy treats around for when they're especially good or for when you're going out and likely to be gone for a bit. Our dogs are so tuned in to our activity, they immediately know when we're brushing our teeth to go 'out' or when we're just brushing our teeth.
Spoiling also means buying them a new toy when you're at the store replenishing the special diet you feed them. At our house, Olive is the toy freak, but Emily is catching on. Little Olive LOVES her toys... and I think Emily just wants to steal Olive's thunder, for the most part, but lately they have learned to play tug of war with any new toy we bring home from Petco or PetSmart (not sure I'll allowed to say them both in one sentence but there you have it - we shop at both!).
Spoiling is a sign of affection, I think. We dote on our pups and our kitty (she's not all that interested in toys, except really cat nippy kinds of toys), and work hard to figure out what they love best, so we can give it to them. This includes learning where they like to be scratched or petted, most. Chester just LOVES his ears rubbed. Emily wants a belly rub every day, and Olive just wants to lie next to us on the bed and lick our feet. (TMI, maybe? Sorry!)
Kitty delights in belly rubs, being FURminated a bit now and then, and given her special treats.
All in all, we believe in spoiling our pets. Here's a pic of our Emily with her paw around Olive, on our bed. Now isn't it adorable?
How do you spoil your pets?