Every dog owner – especially those who own two or more dogs – knows that canines have unique and distinct personalities, like humans. These two pooches are the perfect canine example!
This is Cooper, a Labrador Retriever. He is in a car with his owner and his Puggle – cross of Pug and Beagle – sister, Daisy.
At McDonalds, their owner buys one ice cream to share. The pooches in the car are really excited to taste that oh-so creamy and cool slob of deliciousness.
At first, their human lets Daisy have a taste of the ice cream. She loves it and continues licking for a bit while Cooper looks so longingly.
Daisy gets another round of licks and Cooper’s begging for a taste. Poor Cooper!
After a few more licks, it is finally Cooper’s turn and boom! The ice cream is all gone!
What a sweet tooth! What a sweet pooch!
Barbara King emailed canine behavioral researcher, Julie Hecht, asking why people are amused by the such video.This was her response.
“To live with a companion dog is to share rituals, from what leads up to bedtime to what happens before a walk. The video of Daisy, Cooper and the ice cream cone captures a particularly endearing ritual shared between two dogs and their owner. Viewers quickly find out that Cooper has a different way of consuming ice cream than Daisy. The owner, of course, knows this and has taken steps to ensure that both dogs get some. I assume audiences are charmed by the anticipatory build and expectancy violation when it’s finally Cooper’s turn with the ice cream. Also, it’s particularly funny when contrasted with Daisy’s seemingly dainty approach. The video humorously highlights that dogs are individuals with unique preferences and approaches to life (and food).
“It could also be attractive to audiences that Cooper plays along with the ritual despite really really, really wanting that ice cream. His behaviors are very human-like, we see restraint and anticipation — like lip licking, air sniffing and pulling forward — as well as turn taking, and rule following. It’s a storyline that people understand, and it contributes to the final moment when Cooper and the ice cream meet.”
It is quite a delight to see canines behave like humans.
But hey, dogs will always be dogs and we love them for that.