Dog eats treat then opens drawer and replaces it with another to fool owner
An ingenious golden retriever that has figured out how to have his cake and eat it is becoming a major social media sensation.
In a clip seen thousands of times on TikTok, the clever pooch's owner wants to teach him how to be patient and not wolf down a tasty treat as soon as he sees it.
So he puts a scooby snack on a low table where the dog can see it and leaves the room for a few moments.
Now, the dog would dearly love to eat the treat. But he also doesn’t want to get into trouble so after a moment's thought, he hits upon a solution.
First he grabs the treat from the table and eats it. That isn’t exactly impressive – any dog could do that – but here comes the genius part.
He then goes to where the treats are stored, opens the drawer and pulls out another one – remembering to close the door afterwards.
Then the cunning pup settles himself down to wait for his owner’s return – looking as if butter wouldn’t melt in his mouth.
His oblivious owner comes back, sees the treat untouched on the table, and as every good dog owner does when their pet has behaved themselves, gives the dog some well-earned praise and the second treat. It’s the perfect crime.
Of course some cynics will say that the owner is in on the gag and has trained his dog to do that. But even if that is true – it’s more impressive.
Because if it's true then the dog has been trained to open the drawer, close the drawer and not to eat the second snack… or any of the other snacks stored in there.
The brilliant video clip originated on TikTok user Lilycat’s account, but has exploded on Twitter after being shared by Professor Michelle Ryan, a psychologist from the University of Exeter. She sayid: “This dog is both a good dog and a bad dog at the same time.”
The clip has been been liked and shared tens of thousands of times, with hundreds of people commenting – such as teacher Shirley, who wrote: “Love this. I wonder how many treats are in the drawer? Thinking only one, because, knowing Goldens, if there were lots, one treat would be put on the table by the dog, and the rest in the drawer scarfed before owner returns!”
She added: “My dog is now sulking because I just maligned her breed.”
Laura, a university professor from Iowa in the US, simply said “this is the best dog video ever.” And she may well be right.
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