A video of a golden retriever seeming to know exactly what to do every time he gets “dirty” after a walk has gone viral on TikTok, where it garnered more than 239,000 views.
Footage shared from TikTok account @eltonthegoldenretriever shows the dog inside a house, walking past a utility room before heading straight for a shower stall in a bathroom.
The video was overlaid with a message that read, “Mom and Dad taught me a new routine…So when I get dirty I know exactly where to go…who thinks I did a good job?”
Studies have shown several health benefits associated with owning a dog or other pet. However, pets can sometimes carry harmful germs even when they appear healthy, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
A May 2013 study published in the peer-reviewed journal PLOS A found that “the presence of dogs had significant effects on both the diversity and types of bacteria present in homes on surfaces that may come into direct contact with dogs (e.g. pillows) and those that they’ll probably never touch (TV screens).”
The study explained: “When you bring a dog into your home, you are not only bringing a dog, you are also introducing a suite of dog-associated taxa directly into your home environment, some of which may have direct or indirect effects. on humans. health.
“We found that the presence of dogs had a significant effect on the bacterial community composition at multiple locations in homes, as homes occupied by dogs harbored more diverse communities and higher relative abundances of bacterial taxa associated with dogs,” the study says.
The CDC advises that if you play with, feed, or clean up after your dog or other pets, washing your hands is crucial to reducing your risk of getting sick from germs that pets can carry.
Always wash your hands with running water and soap (or apply hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available) in the following settings, as directed by the CDC:
- After touching or playing with your pet
- After feeding your pet or handling pet food
- After handling pet habitats or equipment (cages, tanks, toys, food and water dishes, etc.)
- After cleaning after pets
- After leaving areas where animals live (coops, barns, stables, etc.), even if you haven’t touched an animal
- Before eating and drinking
- Before preparing food or drink
- After removing soiled clothing or shoes
The dog from the latest viral video has delighted TikTok users.
User flo709 said, “Good job! Sweet boy,” while carmii wrote, “Good job, best boy.”
Ritalou37 said, “100% thumbs up, smartest boy!” and MamaPhoenix said, “Straight student A.”
Newsweek contacted the original poster for comment. The video has not been independently verified.
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