A sweet video showed the moment that a dog felt the kicks coming from a baby in its owner’s belly.
The video, posted by TikTok user @sherrellmichell, was viewed more than 14 million times and opened with a pregnant woman sitting down, petting a sleek Doberman-style dog.
“My dog felt my son kick and did this,” the text over the video read.
Seconds later, the dog became alert and eagerly nuzzled its face against its owner’s stomach. The loving dog made the famous “puppy dog eyes” with the pregnant woman, still pressing its head against the baby for several seconds. But that wasn’t enough for the pup. It then moved its head around in various positions all over the woman’s stomach to feel the baby for almost 15 seconds before the video cut off.
According to the American Kennel Club, dogs and babies can form special bonds.
“Canines are smitten with babies and can form strong connections because of the amount of time spent together,” the organization reported. “Both a baby and a dog, especially a young pup, have a common desire for a playmate and someone who will give them attention.”
Training a dog to understand how to behave around a baby is important.
“A dog responds to his humans’ verbal cues and body language with an infant,” the American Kennel Club said. “Thus, when owners display a calm, protective demeanor, the dog can learn to be sensitive and cautious.”
Viewers sounded off in the comments section about the tender moment.
“Don’t forget to record when they meet for the 1st time,” a viewer wrote.
“You know this his baby when you bring the baby home right.” another commenter wrote.
“He looking like wait a damn minute do it again,” one viewer wrote.
“The way he threw his head on your belly,” a comment read.
“This was so cute!! The dog is going to be protective over that baby,” one viewer commented.
Newsweek reached out to @sherrellmichell for further comment.
The internet is home to plenty of adorable content that features babies and pets.
A video shared on TikTok last year also featured a dog’s reaction to feeling a baby move in its owner’s stomach just as it began to fall asleep.
Another video showed the sweet journey of a rescue job from the moment that she was brought home to the special bond she formed with the owner’s baby boy.
One clip showed the immediate bond that formed between a dog and a newborn baby after they met for the first time.
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