Internet seduced by perfect impression of small dog by German Shepherd in viral video
TikToker Ty is known to share the daily antics of his German Shepherd, Anubis – and a recent video has incredulous viewers. The clip, in which the puppy appears to masquerade as a smaller dog’s bark, has gone viral, generating over 680,000 views, 183,000 likes and 2,100 comments.
German Shepherds are known for their intelligence and training ability. As such, members of the breed are often used as service dogs, guides, military, police, and drug and bomb detectors.
In fact, German Shepherds are so intelligent that “many can learn a new behavior in just a few repetitions.” As noted by the American Kennel Club, the breed also carries a “legendary desire to cooperate and work with us, a trait many see as a desire to please their humans.”
In his video, Ty, who goes by the name @ty_anubis, shows off Anubis’ latest order: “Ankle Biter”. He wrote in the caption: “Guarantee NO OTHER DOGS knows this trick.”
The clip begins with Anubis facing a window and barking. It has a distinctly low, slightly menacing bark, typical of a German Shepherd.
However, when Ty gives Anubis the “Ankle Biter” command, his whole behavior changes. The dog goes into a high-pitched bark, characteristic of small “ankle biting” breeds such as Chihuahuas.
While many viewers were impressed with Anubis’ abilities, several expressed doubts about the reality of the clip. “All of you who thought it was real … please take a break from this app for the night,” @heartlesskat commented.
According to these commentators, the audio for the video was “edited” for Anubis’ “Ankle Bite” command. “If you listen to the fan in the background, that also changes,” @frassa_cas noted.
In response, Ty posted a follow-up video offering further “proof” of Anubis’ barking, although some remained skeptical.
News week was unable to independently verify the content of the video, but either way, the hilarious clip resonated with viewers.
“Imagine the breakup [into] a house, hearing the ankle bark and it comes down the stairs, “@jeremymenchaca wrote.
“When your lease only allows one dog and you have to explain that you only have one dog,” @ adamcarlson7 joked.
“The amount of sound my German Shepherd can make amazes me all the time,” shared @ that1bagel.
Many others have asked Ty to do a video tutorial on how he trained Anubis to perform high-pitched bark.
News week contacted Ty for comment.