This friend of mine was made about two weeks ago and since then he always accompany me during my 'clay time'. The wise expression on his face seems to say, "What other silly things are you going to make today?" or if I made mistakes, he would say, "Is that a dog to you? I say it looks more like a mouse!".
Then, to divert his attention I bribed him with a bowl of dog food complete with one big-white-bone. That seems to work well. From then on he just smiles and winks from time to time to let me know that he loves my company.