The ongoing popular dog video series on TikTok has divided opinions online after garnering 13 million group views.
TikTok user and social media publisher Branden Hampton, @money, shared a video of his little dog appearing to be “guarding” a potato. Despite initial reactions to finding the joke in the video, some have expressed concerns about the behavior.
“Every night around 9 p.m., my dog picks something at random to guard it,” reads the on-screen text. The video showed the dog standing next to a potato on the ground.
“Tonight, it’s fries,” he continued. After gaining more than 11 million views for the original, the dog’s owner went on to share two follow-up videos with the same premise.
The full video can be watched here.
In one, the dog was guarding “a can of sausage and a collector’s copy of The Incredibles on DVD.”
A day later, it was “a bottle of Clase Azul tequila, a ping-pong ball and a box of sticks”.
Many have expressed their enjoyment of the video series, calling it the next “No Bones” saga, which hit TikTok in October.
Due to the obscurity of the items, it is likely that they were placed in front of the dog only for video purposes, but it was the reaction of the dog that split opinion about TikTok.
Users note the presence of dog teeth in each video, something that experts explain when a dog requests space. “From a body language perspective, the dog is asking for space in a gentle and disciplined way,” canine behavior expert and training director Rob Rays previously told Newsweek regarding another popular TikTok trend.
The American Kennel Club explains that guarding a resource is “when dogs exhibit behaviors such as growling, growling, biting over food or playing. This behavior is known as “possessive aggression” and may occur in dogs of any breed. Early training often helps discourage guarding resources before it becomes too problematic.
“Some may grumble, shriek, lunge, or bite when you approach them or try to retrieve something from them. Resource guarding, as it is called, is a valuable instinct for stray dogs, as it allows them to survive with limited means in the wild. But it is not a great trait for pets. “.
Celebrity TikToking dog trainer Five By Five Canine commented on the clip, “Guarding resources isn’t funny.”
One TikTok viewer commented, “Let’s be honest, if a big dog was doing this everyone would hate the owner, then the little dogs should be trained too.”