Kara DioGuardi Kisses Her Dog – on the Mouth!

Kara DioGuardi with dog Tiki

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updated 06/20/2011 AT 4:25 PM ET

originally published 06/20/2011 AT 4:30 PM ET

Kara DioGuardi’s dog, Tiki, doesn’t have any musical instincts, but she does have her own way of getting Mom’s attention.

“She is so cute when you first come in,” DioGuardi tells PEOPLE Pets. “She kind of yells if you don’t pay attention to her. ‘Excuse me! Hello! I need constant kisses right now!’”

The Platinum Hit judge, who helped crown the winner of the Folgers Jingle Contest last week, adores her 7-year-old pooch – and she isn’t afraid to show it.

“I let her kiss me on the mouth,” DioGuardi says. “My friends are like, “Ew! Disgusting!’ Every time I say, ‘Mommy kisses,’ she gives me kisses. She starts off by giving a lot and when she’s had enough, she just gives one.”