Dog's Blatant Favoritism Among His Owners Leaves Internet in Stitches

A puppy proving who his favorite is has left the internet in stitches this week after a viral video showed his reaction to kisses from his owners.

TikTok user sarahgraham671 shared the video of dog Teddy which has since received more than 850,000 views and thousands of likes.

In the video, Teddy is sitting when Sarah leans over to kiss him. But when the man Teddy's sitting on tries to do the same, he bares his teeth as though he is growling, leaving viewers in stitches at his obvious favoritism.

Dogs are often thought of as extremely loyal pets, but a team of researchers in Florida found evidence that despite spending all your time caring for them, you might not be your dog's favorite person.

Published in the Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior in 2017, the study found that it took only three 10-minute interactions with a dog for them to start treating a stranger differently.

In 70 percent of cases, dogs became attached to a stranger after just a short amount of time with them, seemingly treating them no differently than their owners.

After viewing the video of Teddy's obvious reaction to his favorite human, TikTok users headed to the comments to share their reactions. "Definitely mommy's boy," said one commenter, while another wrote: "Love my mommy's kisses... Poor daddy."

"Is it wrong I am laughing this hard," wrote another reply. "Sorry buddy. I bet he loves you when mom's not around."

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A stock image of a couple kissing their dog from either side. A viral video of a dog's reaction to kisses from his owner has left the internet in stitches. Eva Blanco/Getty Images

"That's funny one of my pups does that same thing," shared another viewer.

Despite the evidence that our pups may prefer strangers to their owners, there is some good news. It seems that dogs only favor others in some specific situations.

The study found that when dogs are in a familiar environment or situation, they are more likely to be open to spending time with new people. However, when dogs found themselves in unusual or uncomfortable places, they were more likely to look to the owners that they know and trust.

In 80 percent of cases, dogs in new places or uncomfortable situations looked to their owners for comfort.

Another commenter on the viral video of Teddy said: "That's harsh bro. Poor dad!"

One TikTok user wrote: "Omg love it so cute."

Not the only dog to shamelessly show his preference, earlier this month another video captured viral attention when a couple returned from a vacation and were met by their three dogs who instantly greeted their favorite human.

Newsweek reached out to sarahgraham671 for comment. We could not verify the details of the case.

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