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Dog Sitters Hilariously Struggle to Discover Pup’s Secret Release Word



Quick Smiles:

  • Willow, a respectful golden retriever, goes viral on TikTok with over 5.2 million views.
  • Confused dog sitters try to figure out Willow’s release word while she patiently waits to eat.
  • Despite drooling and tempting food, Willow remains obedient until the end of the video.

Willow, a very respectful golden retriever, has become an internet sensation on TikTok, racking up over 970,000 likes and 5.2 million views. The video, filmed by her dog sitter (livcc2 on TikTok), captures Willow patiently waiting to eat from her slow feeder as the humans struggle to figure out her mystery release word.

In the video, the adorable Willow sits in front of her food bowl, gazing at her sitter behind the camera, waiting for the signal to eat.

According to the AKC, a release word is “a word that tells your dog he is allowed to move,” or in this case, allowed to eat. It’s clear that Willow is well trained in her special word, as she continues to sit and wait while her puzzled dog sitters try to guess the magic word.


Dog sitting and didn’t know her release word to eat😭

♬ original sound – Olivia Christopher

Throughout the video, the dog sitters throw out various guesses, including “Yes. Willow. OK. Eat,” but the patient pup remains seated and waiting. The 32-second video features both Willow and her dog sitters looking increasingly confused.

As the video continues, good girl Willow starts to drool, her tempting bowl of food sitting right in front of her. Yet, the obedient pooch doesn’t budge. In the background, the second dog sitter attempts to make a phone call, likely to Willow’s owner, but fails to get through.


Finally, at the end of the TikTok, the second dog sitter points to the pup’s food, signaling her to start eating. This trick seems to work, as Willow leans over her food just as the video ends. If only we all could have the same level of patience as Willow!