Golden Retriever Pup Casually Trying To Steal Dog's Treat Delights Internet

Whether human or canine, getting siblings to share is never easy. One dog mom caught her two fur babies falling out on camera, after her golden retriever pup tried sneaky tactics to steal his sister's bone.

In a clip shared to TikTok by @gamjamypotato, Gamja the field golden retriever can be seen happily munching on a treat. However, her puppy brother Chip decides the bone should be his. He brings a toy over to Gamja to trade with, but the older dog is not interested. So, Chip resorts to slowly sneaking the bone out of Gamja's mouth, one munch at a time.

By the end of the video, the two dogs are sharing the treat, but not before some snarling and tug of war. Since being posted on July 27, the video has received over 419,000 views, 36,000 likes and more than 1,000 shares.

A 2020 study confirmed what most dog owners already know—that dogs steal food. However, they're less likely to steal if their owner tells them not to.

Past studies show humans change their behavior when they feel as though they are being watched—by both real eyes and fake ones, such as in paintings. So, researchers from the University of Auckland in New Zealand and the Netherlands' University of Groningen hypothesized that other animals might share this behavior.

To put this theory to the test, they conducted a canine food-stealing experiment. Half the dogs were placed in a space with a picture of a flower above the food, while the other half had a picture of a human eye. Their owners also gave each a command of either "leave" or "go."

Pup Casually Tries To Steal Dog’s Treat
A stock photo of a Golden Retriever puppy chewing on a bone. In the end, the two dogs decided "sharing is caring." AaronAmat/iStock/Getty Images Plus

Although the images had no effect on when the dog took the food, the dogs that were told to "leave" the food by their owner took longer to give in. However, when a stranger gave the command, the dogs ignored it.

An earlier study showed that dogs will steal food in their owner's presence if they think they can get away with it. A team from the U.K.'s University of Portsmouth placed dogs in either a dark or well-lit room with their owners. The dogs were told not to eat a piece of food in the middle of the floor.

They found that dogs in the dark room were four times more likely to steal the food than those in the light room. Researchers theorize that as the dogs believed their humans couldn't see them stealing, they thought they'd get away with it.

TikTok users found Chip's tactics hilarious, with Edward C! declaring the clip: "Better than all my streaming subscriptions."

"Wow that [Gamja] is so patient," said ShyPeepo.

"I hope Chip didn't eat the whole bone," wrote Swat421.

While D commented: "My dogs do this all the time. One finishes their treat first just to 'help' the other finish theirs."

Newsweek has reached out @gamjamypotato for comment.

Chip isn't the only pup whose treat-stealing antics have delighted the internet. A "smart" German shepherd recently went viral for figuring out how to open his treat cupboard, while a dog not-so-sneakily stealing toys from a pet store had the internet in stitches.