A video of a dog dragging a smaller pooch away from a vacuum cleaner has gone viral after it was shared online.
In the viral video shared with TikTokwhich can be seen hereuser rockydogtok showed a small French bulldog barking at and seemingly attacking the vacuum cleaner a woman was using to clean up the dust that had accumulated under the Christmas tree.
The clip, captioned “when your big sis over your ****,” then showed a larger black Labrador calmly walking over to the French bulldog to pick up the dog and pull it away from the area.
Since the clip was shared on Dec. 24, it has been viewed more than 5 million times and has garnered some 661,700 likes.
Many of those who commented on the video were quick to praise the Labrador’s handling of the situation.
TikTok user bexedmybeloved said, “Dogs being annoyed by other dogs and dealing with it myself is my favorite thing to see in action.”
Texas Daiquiris added, “She grabbed her like it was enough, hush.”
Wuggly posted, “A good way to tell her she’s a headache.”
Vixen Fluffy Paws commented, “Big sister will have her hands full with this cutie.”
User rockydogtok later explained the little French bulldog’s behavior, adding, “God knows we’re all sick of his vacuum obsession. He even attacks it on the charger. She just did what we all wanted.”
According to pet website PetBarn.au, there are several reasons why dogs may be afraid of vacuum cleaners. These include a lack of exposure to loud noise that they may find threatening and think it might attack them; a bad experience, such as the dog being startled by a vacuum cleaner which in turn can develop into a phobia; fearful temperament, as some breeds can be more shy or nervous around vacuum cleaners. Herding instinct may also come into play with some dogs asserting their herding instinct and seeing the vacuum as a disobedient animal.
News week has contacted rockydogtok for comment.
According to other videos that have gone viral online, vacuum cleaners seem to be a source of anxiety for pets… but also of joy.
This cat named Luna got a little too curious and got her face stuck in a vacuum cleaner. This one The Great Dane seemed extremely intimidated at one. But this cat was seen “living his best life” riding a robot vacuum cleaner.