Frustrated by your dog? This man's advice takes the internet by storm

Written by Jakob A. Overgaard

Sep.09 - 2023 10:10 PM CET

Foto: TikTok
Foto: TikTok
Millions of TikTok users recently clicked on a video shared by a dog owner, and the reason is quite compelling. The man had a fundamental message about dogs that resonated with many. Originating from Denver, Colorado, this American's message has garnered over 3.3 million views since its release in mid-August.

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The viral video showcases a two-year-old Belgian Shepherd named Novah, who sits looking somewhat dejected in front of his owner. One can't help but wonder what mischief the dog might have gotten into. The video is set to the tune of Billie Eilish's "What Was I Made For?" While the song reflects Barbie's identity crisis in a movie of the same name, Novah in the TikTok video seems to be deep in thought as well.

Addressing the apparent "identity crisis" of his dog, the owner writes, "When you're frustrated with your dog, remember that the average dog has the IQ of a two-year-old human." This simple yet profound piece of advice resonated with many, earning the video over 500,000 likes and tens of thousands of comments.

Many users agreed with the TikToker, pointing out that most dogs indeed have intelligence comparable to very young children. This sentiment is backed by science. According to the American Psychological Association, most adult dogs can achieve the intelligence level of two to two-and-a-half-year-old children. Renowned psychologist and dog researcher, Stanley Coren, stated in 2009, "Their occasional bursts of brilliance and creativity remind us that they might not be Einsteins, but they're certainly closer to humans than we thought."

However, it's essential to remember that children under three are still quite naive and helpless in the world. Without adult assistance, they would be utterly overwhelmed. The dog owner's message emphasizes this point, suggesting that just as young children need understanding and patience, so do our canine companions. Many users wholeheartedly agreed with this perspective.