If you know dogs you know that they’ll quickly figure out where you’re vulnerable. They know exactly how to get the most attention, treats and toys out of their target human. Different dogs have different preferred styles to achieve maximum spoiling.
- The DIYer: This dog would prefer to ask forgiveness rather than get permission. He doesn’t want to bother you with the onerous task of giving him everything he wants so he’s helpfully decided to get it himself. When caught with his illicit plunder he’ll appear charmingly clueless that the item wasn’t left explicitly for him. The advanced DIYer might also teach himself to open doors or gates and thwart the child locks you placed on the snack cabinet.
- The Helpful Reminder: This dog knows you’ve got a lot on your mind and that you may overlook how extremely polite and undemanding he’s being. The solution is a practiced nudge to the elbow that helpfully lands your hand right on his head. Perhaps a single soft woof to remind you to hand out the treats will also be needed. This dog has mastered the art of making sure he’s getting what he wants without ever being seen as rude or pushy.
- The Cuteness Professional: This dog has meticulously catalogued anything you’ve ever considered cute. Even if it was “bad” and you made an effort not to reward the behavior the cuteness professional knows you were snickering behind your hands. He’s willing to be as rude, ridiculous, and baffling as it takes to be so cute you just have to give in. He knows exactly how far he can push everyone he’s ever met and he does.
- The Nag: This dog isn’t waiting to be noticed. He’s being good and has earned a reward. If you’re not quick enough with it he’ll be sure to let you know in increasingly rude ways. Give him half a glance as he’s barking or pawing at you and he’ll go right back to being “good”.
- The Extremely Good Dog: This dog is almost painfully eager to make you happy and be good but somehow he’s never unseen. His soulful glance reminds his target exactly how hard this kind of goodness is for him and practically begs for a reward.
- The Poor Pitiful Thing: This dog may actually be pitiful and willing to exploit it or he may just be a good actor, but he’s so pathetic that you just have to cater to him like a personal maid. The dramatic sighs, downcast expressions and heartbroken reaction to actually being denied what he wants are overwhelmingly pathetic. How can you say no?