In a delightful and viral TikTok clip, Josie (@josie_kamdan) captured the comical antics of her 11-year-old golden retriever, Ben, who was fiercely protecting a bag of everyone’s favorite snack – Flamin’ Hot Cheetos.
The video, which has racked up a whopping 20.5 million views and 4.1 million likes, showcases Ben’s hilarious determination to keep his paws on the spicy treats.
The amusing footage begins with the exceptionally handsome Ben sitting in the dark, guarding the coveted bag of Flamin’ Hot Cheetos.
Josie explains that Ben, like any Cheetos enthusiast, is not willing to share. Attempting to reason with the pup, Josie jokingly tells him he can’t indulge in the spicy snack, but Ben has other plans.
As Josie approaches, Ben emits a low growl, furrows his brow, and snarls his lips, making it clear that the hot Cheetos are off-limits. “He’s literally so mad,” Josie exclaims through laughter, highlighting the unpredictable behavior sparked by the beloved snack.
The video captures two moments – first, with Ben blocking Josie’s path, and then with him barking to defend his precious Cheetos.
Comments from amused viewers flooded in, with many jokingly suggesting that the spicy chips were now officially Ben’s.
Amid the humor, some viewers pointed out the phenomenon of resource guarding, where dogs assert ownership over their belongings. This behavior, as described by the Humane Society, is not uncommon and can extend to various items, including food.
In a follow-up video, Josie addressed the resource guarding comments and sought advice on handling such behavior.
She clarified that Ben had swiped the Cheetos from the counter, emphasizing that she did not feed him the spicy treats. The Humane Society’s tips on positive reinforcement were suggested to manage this quirky but relatable dog behavior.
Ben’s spicy standoff with the Flamin’ Hot Cheetos not only provided entertainment but also sparked a conversation about the adorable and sometimes challenging traits of our furry friends.
As the video continues to spread joy, one thing’s for sure – Ben’s love for Cheetos has made him an internet sensation! 🐾🔥