A German shepherd can be seen fiercely guarding a live lobster in a viral video that has media outlets in awe of the “protective” dog trying to “rescue” her “lobster companion” from becoming dinner.
However, a dog trainer told The Huffington Post that everyone had entirely misunderstood the footage.
She is aware that the lobster is not her pet dog.
It is essentially a living piece of food, according to an expert dog trainer and owner of Our Gang Pet Services in New Jersey, Andrea Kilkenny.
Sami, the dog visible in the video, is attempting to keep humans and another dog from obtaining the lobster, according to Kilkenny.
This is known as “resource guarding” in dog speak, according to Kilkenny.
She is not safeguarding it from harm. According to Kilkenny, “resource guarding” is when a dog makes an effort to prevent other animals or people from taking something that the dog views as valuable.
According to her, dogs will occasionally guard food, toys, or sleeping areas in a similar manner.