Do you ever feel a bit helpless when you look at your pup’s big loving eyes and feel his or her unconditional delight in you and other treats. I sometimes feel like
putty in Kilo’s little puggy paws.
Kilo is so food motivated, so cute and so enthusiastic and loving. I am finding it a little more challenging than I thought to resist his charm.
I have not left him for long yet, but when he I return home after a quick errand, he is so happy to see me he just wants to smother me with kisses. I am pretty excited to see him too, but know I should not encourage him jumping up. We have a compromise. We rush to the couch and he snuggles on my knee. Then if he gets too excited and wants to chew, we play with his toys for a minute and redirect. He is snoozing on my lap now as I post.
When I am preparing food or eating, he doesn’t beg exactly, but he sits perfectly and looks up longingly with his big brown pug eyes. I know he should not have people food, and I should definitely not reinforce unwanted behaviour. Plus I hear Peggy Frezon and Slim Doggy Steve saying “Food is not love, don’t overfeed your dog” but I must admit I am sometimes tempted to share just a tiny bit, as he enjoys food and treats so much. However I try to ignore him, then when I am finished, I get up and get a healthy little treat and we go to another area and do some training. He gets rewarded for good behaviour.
Kilo was eyeing our yoghurt, banana and peanut butter toast breakfasts – bananas are a favourite treat. I mashed up a banana, a teaspoon of natural yoghurt and a teaspoon of peanut butter and froze the mix. I give him a spoon flu after a hot walk and he absolutely loves it!!! I was inspired by Sugar Golden Woofs post : https://www.sugarthegoldenretriever.com/2014/07/can-dogs-have-ice-cream/.