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Dog’s Humorous Protest Sparks Canine Competence Debate



Quick Smiles:

  • Canine companion joins owner’s mom in a hilarious lint-related “protest”.
  • Video of the entertaining encounter goes viral, amassing 7.6 million views on TikTok.
  • Research indicates dogs judge humans on competence, possibly explaining this funny interaction.

my dog joining her in *silent protest* 🐥 #japanese #moms #fyp #funny #shame

♬ Funny – Gold-Tiger

It’s common to assume that cats are judgemental, but they aren’t the only ones capable of this. Dogs too demonstrate similar tendencies in their own canine way.

In a funny video clip circulating online, a small white dog and its owner’s mom stage a friendly “protest” against the owner. The video, uploaded by the user Emiko @emikokonuts, has rapidly gone viral for its adorable content.

“My darling little Japanese mom peacefully shaming me for leaving the lint in the dryer as I’m leaving in a rush,” the on-screen text read.

The video clip features Emiko’s mom holding a lint filter, with the family dog by her side. The clip was whimsically captioned as “My dog joining her in *silent protest*”.


Since being uploaded on May 6, the video has drawn significant attention. To date, there have been a whopping 7.6 million views on TikTok and over 691,000 likes.

So, can dogs genuinely judge us? According to a compelling study by researchers at Kyoto University in Japan, the answer appears to be yes.

“In 2022, 30 dogs each were observed in two conditions as they watched two experimenters attempting to open containers—one successfully (Competent) and one unsuccessfully (Incompetent),” the study noted.

The research showed that dogs had a clear preference for the competent individuals, especially when food was involved. They were more likely to pay attention to—and approach—the competent person. However, this behavior wasn’t seen in the absence of a food reward. This suggests that dogs can indeed recognize and respond to differing levels of human competence.

So the next time you leave the lint in the dryer, bear in mind – your furry friend might just be judging you silently, in the best possible way, of course.


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