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Golden retriever’s “eye contact” through glass table delights internet

A pet owner explaining why you shouldn’t buy a glass dining table if you have a dog has gone viral on TikTok in a video with more than 19 million views and 2.4 million likes.

In the footage, Liv Jones, under the username @olivia.a.jones, films her glass dining table with plates of food atop it, while her golden retriever stares at her from beneath it, with the caption, “eye contact”.

The caption reads: “he knows exactly what he’s doing,” and one user commented, “I continuously move my plate to block their eyes and they learn eventually.”

A stock image of a golden retriever with fruit. According to a study, canine obesity ranges from 34 percent and 59 percent in developed countries such as the U.S. and the U.K.
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Golden retrievers were the voted the third most-popular dog in the U.S., according to the American Kennel Club (AKC), and these beautiful dogs have a distinctive appearance, lovely personality and a love of food.

All dogs love food, but a study published in Cell Metabolism Journal in 2016 reported that canine obesity ranges from 34 percent and 59 percent in developed countries such as the U.S. and the U.K.

According to the study, “retrievers have the greatest documented obesity prevalence, and have been shown to be more food-motivated than other breeds.”

Due to the prevalence of obesity in golden retrievers, scientists studied the breed and found that there is a gene variation, making them more susceptible to hunger and increased eating habits.

The study also found that “the mutation is significantly more common in Labradors selected to become assistance-dog breeding stock than those selected to become companions.”

Golden retrievers are large active dogs that need at anywhere from 40 to 120 minutes of exercise per day, according to the Golden Retriever Society. With a genetic tendency to eat more than other dogs and the high need for exercise, feeding your golden retriever can require some thought.

The AKC recommends a high-quality dog food appropriate for the dog’s age: puppy, adult or senior. The report states: “Some goldens can become overweight, so watch your dog’s calorie consumption and weight level.

“If you choose to give your dog treats, do so in moderation. Treats can be an important aid in training, but giving too many can cause obesity. Give table scraps sparingly, if at all, especially avoiding cooked bones and foods with high fat content.

“Learn about which human foods are safe for dogs, and which are not. Check with your vet if you have any concerns about your dog’s weight or diet.”

User bruh wrote, “we used to have one and we would drop food on the table to make the dog think the food was falling to them,” while Susan posted, “I had a glass table for years… Same eye contact! Lol”.

TikToker margosaurus1 commented: “I still get the eye contact with a wood table.”

Newsweek has reached out to @olivia.a.jones for comment.

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