A video of a dog being a ‘kid’ after refusing dinner has gone viral on TikTok, where it had 1.3million views at the time of writing.

The video, shared by TikTok user @allstartok1, which has not been independently verified by Newsweek and was credited to @nooooovgg (an account that appears to no longer exist), showed a spoon-fed dog with a spoonful of what are believed to be dog treats in a bowl.

A message superimposed on the video read: “My dog ​​is a brat. He wants a treat but won’t finish his dinner [crying laughing emoji].”

While it may seem counter-intuitive to spoon-feed your pet and run the risk of spoiling it, there are some benefits to hand-feeding your dog.

They include the following, as listed by the American Kennel Club (AKC), the world’s largest registry of purebred dogs:

  • Good for building trust and relationships: It teaches your dog that “good things happen” when he reaches out to you, like getting food. It also teaches them to focus, as the dog is fed when he pays attention to you.
  • Stop resource protection: Hand feeding can help prevent your dog from “holding resources”. The AKC says, “By feeding your dog only from your hand, you are showing him that you are the gateway to precious things and when you reach his space, that means food.”
  • Teaches Impulse Control: Keep your hand closed until your dog stops nagging you for food. “As soon as your dog backs away, looks away, or just stops pawing at you or licking your hand,” open your hand and give him the food. They will find that the sooner they exercise self-control, the sooner they can eat, the AKC said.
  • Reduces Food Inhalation: Hand feeding will help dogs that eat too quickly to slow down.
  • Good for shy or fearful dogs: Dogs who are nervous around others will benefit from being hand-fed by their owners, “especially if other family members, and possibly friends and neighbors, are also hand-feeding your nervous dog,” says the AKC.
A human hand holding a spoonful of vitamins in front of a dog’s face. A video of a spoon-fed dog has gone viral on TikTok.
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Several users were elated by the latest viral video, some of whom could identify with the owner.

Angela Lambert said: “My dog ​​loves being spoon fed…he’s very spoiled.”

Married said: “omg [oh my god] this is so cute.”

User Tony_8417 said, “Your dog taught you well!”

Loki said “I have to do this with my dog ​​lol x”, while Jamie Smith said: “[crying laughing emoji] Got two with the same attitude [hand on face emoji].”

Newsweek contacted @allstartok1 for comment.

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