Dog Gives Boy Adorable Hugs Just Like a Human in Heartwarming Viral Video

Dogs are a man's best friend, but they are also a great pal for children too.

The much loved pets are loyal companions, full of energy and always pleased to see people.

And, in viral footage posted recently to TikTok, we can see that a golden retriever has a lot of love for a little boy.

In the clip, shared to the video streaming app by user charliedelta1991, a little boy who is sitting in a living room wraps his arms around the dog and squeezes him for a cuddle.

The sweet animal then reciprocates the gesture by wrapping his front legs around the child from behind, also giving him a hug.

The adorable video is captioned: "He always hugs back #dogs #goldens."

The heartwarming clip was posted on May 24, and has since been viewed more than 5.4 million times.

It has also already received upwards of 1.5 million likes, and many have taken to the comments section to share their thoughts on the video.

One TikTok user, cristald1993, wrote: "He said you're the goodest boy."

Another person, nanami, added: "Oh my god this is the most wholesome thing I have ever seen."

Alondra Marin typed: "Yup we getting this type of dog also I been wanting one since a long time ago."

NikaxfvNny commented: "Dogs deserve the world and as much as that is to understand a child will always give it to them."

Whereas Barbara Ketchum exclaimed: "This by far is the most adorable thing I have ever seen."

And if videos of dogs being cute is what you need to cheer you up today, you may also enjoy this video of a golden retriever who barricaded himself in the bathroom.

In the footage posted to TikTok by @goldenlarrydavid, the dog refuses to come out of the room, before pushing the door shut on his exasperated owners.

In another clip, when one woman decided to tell her dog a story involving all his favorite words, the animal had a hilarious reaction.

TikTok user @leniiitas, known as Lenita, shared footage to the app of her gorgeous dog Zeus.

In the clip she is filming the animal and an automated voiceover says: "Using all my dogs favorite words in a story."

She then lists the words, in the overlaid text on the video, which are: "Walk, Park, Treats, Good Boy, Handsome, I love you, Snack."

When she tells the dog a tale using all these words repeatedly the pet looks totally crestfallen, before it becomes too much for him to bear and he storms off barking.

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A stock image of a dog and a young boy. In the viral video, a golden retriever cuddles a child from behind. Getty Images