The clip, which was posted by the account elliegoldenlife, also drew thousands of comments from owners impressed at the incredible restraint shown by the pet pooch.
When it comes to food, few things are as tempting to dogs as meat. In the case of things like steak, lamb or pork, that might be down to the high fat content. A study by Oregon State University found that while cats prefer carbohydrates, dogs are drawn to fatty foods.
As part of the research, 17 healthy dogs were given a choice of four foods that all tasted the same over the course of a month. The only distinction was that one was high-fat, one was high-carbohydrate, one was high-protein and the fourth offered a balance of all three.
Each day the dogs were given an hour to eat all they wanted up to a predetermined caloric intake, matching metabolic requirements and weight. What they found was that dogs opted for 41 percent fat and 36 percent carbs, while few opted for protein-based food.
All of which only makes Ellie’s show of restraint that bit more impressive.
While her owner, Kevin Bubolz, undoubtedly deserves some of the credit for training Ellie so well, Golden Retrievers have a reputation for being among the most compliant breeds of dogs when it comes to tricks and discipline.
In the video, Bubolz positions Ellie in front of two plates of steak and chicken, cutting into the two perfectly cooked slabs of meat to make it all the more tantalizing. The clip can be watched here.
Ellie can be seen looking longingly at the steak before Bubolz ups the ante by letting the Golden Retriever lick a small piece of meat.
He then instructs her to “wait” while he leaves the room. A tense few seconds pass with the camera trained on Ellie as she waits, staring intently at the steak just inches from her nose.
Bubolz is out of the room for around 10 seconds but it feels like an eternity watching as his pet pooch does her level best to resist temptation.
Incredibly, she stays firm and is duly rewarded with her choice of a piece of steak or chicken. Ellie naturally opts for the steak, though as the clip ends she can be seen making a last-ditch grab for the piece of chicken.
Commenting on the video, TikToker ChadMC was full of admiration for the cheeky way “she went for the chicken at the end” with Stephtoots noting the way Ellie was “like nah dad I want both” at the clip’s conclusion.
For most people watching the footage, however, the incredible discipline the Golden Retriever showed throughout was the main draw. Acctforanything asked: “How did you train her so well?” with 2thousand6__ similarly perplexed writing: “Am I the only one finding it incredible that he legit only licks it?”
Amy Dickinson could not understand how Ellie was not “drooling everywhere” adding that if it had been her dog there would have been “a lake” on the table.
Clairee._e was equally impressed, commenting: “This dog is so obedient I find it so fascinating how dogs can low-key understand English like in the commands” with marychris.hanlon quipping: “My dog would have eaten the lot plus the plates and table.”
Newsweek has contacted Bubolz for comment.
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