Owner Takes Dog Camping Thinking He’d Love It, Plan Backfires

A video about a “spoiled” dog appearing put off by a camping experience has gone viral on TikTok.

The clip was posted by @anotherzillenial and has amassed 194,000 views since it was shared on July 10.

A note overlaid on the video says: “POV [point of view]: you take your dog camping thinking he’d love it but he refused to come out of the tent.”

The footage shows a dog, who is a goldendoodle—a cross between a golden retriever and a poodle—standing inside a tent, peeking out from just behind the opening of the tent. The pup is later shown laying down in the tent, turning away from the camera.

“Turns out he doesn’t love camping he just loves the tent,” the poster concluded in a caption shared with the post.

It’s unknown what may be causing the dog in the clip to remain inside the tent but it could be down to some form of fear.

Fear in dogs can be classified into two categories—social and non-social fear—based on the stimuli that causes fear, noted an August 2020 study of 13,700 Finnish dogs published in Scientific Reports.

The study said: “Social fear includes fear of other dogs or unfamiliar people, whereas non-social fear includes fear of different objects, loud noises and novel situations.”

The signs of fear in dogs can differ depending on the stimuli causing the fear, according to the study. For example, “dogs that are afraid of strangers usually avoid or withdraw, bark, or have a low tail position.”

The study explained: “Fearfulness is influenced by both genetic and environmental factors. Canine fearfulness is highly heritable and studies have already identified some candidate loci and genes that affect fearfulness.

“Environmental factors discovered by previous studies include socialization, training and daily exercise, owner’s previous dog experience, and company of conspecifics among other things.”

‘Immediately No’

TikTok users were in stitches over the dog’s reaction to camping in the viral post.

“He was like… immediately NO lol,” said svibes1, and L E X said: “He thought you meant ‘GLAMPING.'”

Babe noted: “He’s too boujee [bourgeoisie] for this.” The original poster replied: “He is. He didn’t even want to touch the dirt.”

Nailed Moms Boutique said: “he is not risking his precious life for an outdoor experience. smart boy lol.” The original poster said: “He’s like find somebody else to do it.”

Kellie noted: “Our dogs are not dogs anymore. we’ve spoiled them too much.”

Itsme.I. wrote: “Maybe he thinks the tent is his own little den and be loves it.” The original poster replied: “I think he did! He loved it in there.”

Newsweek has contacted the original poster for comment via TikTok. This video has not been independently verified.

A stock image of a dog laying inside a tent. A video of a goldendoodle refusing to move from inside a tent during a camping trip has gone viral on TikTok.

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