Chihuahua Goes Viral With Her Comical Version of 'Playing Dead' With Owner

A dog's unique way of 'playing dead' has attracted over 2 million views. In the TikTok video from @Mila.the.chi the chihuahua, called Mila, attempts to do the trick. As her owner pretends to shoot her she's sitting upright on her back legs, front legs raised, leans forward to nip her owner on the finger, before falling over forwards and putting her head on the floor. Her owner then films her from below, where the angle looks as though Mila is doing a handstand.

Why Do Dogs Do Tricks?

According to pet parenting website Wag!, "For a dog to live a happy life, it is important that he learn a few basic skills. Fido needs to learn to come when he is called and to not delay in making his way to you. A basic recall command has the potential to save Fido's life. Stay is another important word that Fido must have in his canine vocabulary. Other tricks are optional, but taking the time to work with Fido can be a wonderful bonding opportunity for you both as well as a lot of fun.

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You can teach a dog new tricks. Stock Image. Dog tricks are the canine equivalent of showing off. Getty Images

"Dog tricks are the canine equivalent of showing off. If you've ever seen a dog who has a vast repertoire of learned trick behaviors he proudly displays, you know that he is having a ball entertaining you. But at their heart, tricks are simply trained obedience cues. Many of them can be taught then combined to create new and interesting skills. The key is that regardless of whether you are teaching a "high five" or a "front" for competitive obedience, you want to keep all training fun for your dog. When it becomes work, no one wants to do it anymore. Not you, and certainly not Fido."

The Correct Way

Users were delighted in the comments at pups quirky behavior, with one saying, "no...that's the correct way." One user pointed out a difficulty when training a dog, "I love when dogs misunderstand what you are asking of them, and we mistakenly celebrate prematurely, and then we can't undo it lmao", to which the original poster said, "Hehe I laughed so much that she now thinks this is play dead." One user commented on aerobic nature of the pose, "Haha awwwww it looks like he's doing a hand stand I like this version a lot more."

It would appear that the TikTok page is from the perspective of Mila the Chihuahua as when one person commented "Why is the music so perfectly timed for when her head booped the floor", the response is, "Mom Pawfectly edited it."

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