Giant Dog’s Demanding Owner Catches Him During ‘Trust Fall’ Delights Viewers

A dog displaying unusual behavior in South Australia has gone viral on TikTok with over 2.7 million views.

In the video, posted on the @harrietandwilson page, Harriet the Scottish Greyhound can be seen sitting on her owner’s lap on the bed with her back turned. As her owner moves her laptop aside, Harriet falls backwards in what looks like a “fall in confidence”.

The voiceover revealed, “When my giant dog sits like that, it’s because he wants a hug and I have to drop everything to catch him.” In other videos on the TikTok page, Harriet can be seen playing with her brother Wilson, an Irish Greyhound.

Scottish hunting dog. Stock image. An ancient breed, Scottish deerhounds were a favorite of the British aristocracy and General Custer.
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Usually reserved for corporate training days, no one is quite sure why dogs lose confidence, but it’s pretty obvious that it means a dog is relaxed with its owner. Scottish Hunting Dogs are an ancient breed of dogs that were bred to hunt and kill red deer. In parts of medieval Europe, namely Britain, only the nobility were allowed to own what was considered an incredibly valuable dog due to its ability to hunt.

According to the Deerhound.org website, the big dogs were favorites of General George Custer, a cavalry commander during the American Civil War and infamous for his military decisions that led to his death during the Indian Wars in 1876 during the battle of Little Bighorn, also known as Custer’s Last Stand. One of his dogs, Tuck, was killed at Little Bighorn alongside him. He had written of her: “‘Tuck’ comes regularly when I write and lays her head on the desk, rooting my hand with her long nose until I consent to stop and notice her.”

19th century British artist Henry Landseer also made the breed famous with his numerous paintings of dogs, some of which are on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

User Gaily said: “What a show of love and trust. It fills my heart to bursting.”

User jodskis1975 commented: “My giant dog does this too. We call it confidence falls.”

User Chrissy Flanagan wrote: “You made her feel so safe and loved.”

Newsweek contacted the original poster for comment.

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