Have you ever been ignored by your dog? An owner has come up with an ingenious new strategy to get his rottweiler’s attention in a viral TikTok video that wowed viewers.
TikTok user sophie.herronx’s video shared on Sunday has more than 175,000 views and thousands of likes.
In the video, the text overlay reads, “If your dog refuses to come down the stairs, so you have to pretend there’s another dog in the house,” as one man off-camera says, “Oh, he’s a good boy. Seat. Nice, “although he was talking to a dog who isn’t there.
Shortly after, the dejected Rottweiler appears on camera to see what happens — and if there’s actually another dog in his home.
During the video, TikTok users flocked to the comments to share their thoughts. One commenter said: “Great. He was still suspicious when he walked in,” and another wrote, “That look said, ‘Who are you talking to?'”
“Great tactic,” wrote one commenter.
Others shared how well the same trick works on their own dogs: “My dog is so curious it gets her every time,” said one commenter. “I have to say hello to nowhere so he thinks someone new has walked in,” wrote another dog owner.
Reliable memory is one of the most important skills you can teach your dog. To get her attention for things like dinner, treats, and snuggles, it’s also important to get your pup’s attention to keep him from doing something potentially dangerous or getting into trouble.
The American Kennel Club (AKC) says, “Reliable recall means that when you call your dog, you want to be 99.99 percent sure he’ll respond enthusiastically. Dogs are not robots, so there is never a guarantee that they will listen to your cue. But with a life-saving ability like Recall, we’re working to make them as consistent as possible.
The AKC suggests making the training recall like a game for your dog—make sure your dog thinks it’s always full of great treats and rewards whenever you come and are around. They suggest starting the training in a slow, low-distraction environment, showing your pup a toy or treat, and praising them when they come up to you before rewarding them.
After a few repetitions, you can start adding your chosen verbal cue, like “come” or “here.” Quality treats like chicken or cheese when they come to you will keep your dog well motivated. Finally, begin to gain distance in your low-distraction environment before eventually moving into other environments to teach your dog to come on command.
Other TikTok users were inspired by the viral video, with one commenter writing, “Love it! I’m trying,” while another viewer confirmed that it’s not just dogs that respond to this kind of deception: “I do this to my cats! It always works,” the TikToker wrote.
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