A Golden Retriever’s reaction to a puppy chewing on his stick is delighting the internet with his grimace and begrudging allowance of the behavior to continue.
The viral TikTok recounting the moment, captioned, “#goldenretriever #dogsofttiktok #jealousboy #puppy,” has been viewed 7.5 million times and liked over 917,000 times since it was posted on March 20.
According to NJ.com, a dog grimacing involves the tensing of the jaw muscles as well as the mouth pulled back showing teeth and creasing on the mouth and face. It can be interpreted as an “exaggerated” smile, and it signals fear, tension, and even excitement.
However, Reader’s Digest explained nose wrinkling and the displaying of teeth is a sign the dog is angry. This is more apparent when the dog raises its ears and stares. However, it can also mean a dog is in pain as well.
The short clip shared by TikToker @Aliciamoore13, or Alicia Moore, started with a television playing in the background as a Golden Retriever held a stick in his paws on the ground. A puppy, who also appeared to be a Golden Retriever, started biting the stick, which the older dog allowed, to a point.
The behavior prompted the adult canine to start grimacing, showing his teeth and wrinkling his face as he watched the puppy. However, the puppy finally noticed what the dog was doing, and it stopped eating the stick.
The dog then immediately stopped grimacing, sniffing the puppy’s snout and continuing to chomp away at his own stick as if nothing happened.
Over 3,300 comments came in over the dog and puppy’s viral interaction, and most people can’t get enough of it. One viewer called the older canine a “good dog,” adding, “Even checked in to make sure the feelings weren’t hurt.”
Some are praising the dogs’ communicative style. “Oh my gosh such good communication!” a TikToker declared. “Good warnings, pup a little slow to realize but gets it, and appeasement behavior from both.”
Another said that the situation is “powerful,” including that a puppy that “takes quo’s [sic] will turn out to be a wonderful member of a dog community. Your adult dog is a fantastic teacher.”
Some imagined what each of the dogs was thinking during the situation. “I’m upset with you, but I’m not going to do anything about it,” a viewer wrote while pretending as if they were the older dog.
The jokes came pouring in over the situation. “Every mother when they can’t just eat their snacks in peace,” a TikToker said.
Other people had comments of appreciation like, “This is glorious,” and “Sharing is caring.”
However, not everyone thought the moment between the canines was a good thing. “Please don’t allow this to happen,” a TikTok user chimed in. “At best, the older dog feels cast aside because the baby gets anything it wants. Worse case, she snaps and kills.”
Newsweek reached out to TikToker @Aliciamoore13 for comment.