Hysterics at Dog Who Only Likes Affection on His Terms: ‘Raised by a Cat’


A dog who only wants attention on his terms has left the internet in stitches, thanks to a viral video on TikTok.

Kona, who lives with owner Steph, has delighted animal lovers in footage with more than 1.8 million views. In a clip posted in January on the TikTok page by @stephy23b, Kona comes to sit with his owner, revealing his penchant for attention on only his own terms.

Dogs, much like humans, exhibit individualistic behaviors shaped by a myriad of factors, including breed tendencies, upbringing, and past experiences. While some canines may revel in constant cuddles and attention, others, like Kona, prefer their space and affection in measured doses.

While it is difficult to predict whether a dog might be keen on affection or not, some breeds are known for being more affectionate than others; these include labrador retrievers, golden retrievers, pugs, poodles, and cavalier King Charles spaniels, who are often described as friendly breeds.

In the viral video, Steph attempts to shower her pup with affection, carefully reaching out a hand to the dog’s paw to initiate snuggles, only to be met with a discerning side-eye from Kona.

Steph’s caption, “This dog likes affection on his own terms. The line is thin…. Mom never learns her lesson,” encapsulates Kona’s unique disposition perfectly. In the accompanying text overlay, Steph gives a playful warning to fellow pet owners, advising them not to disrupt the delicate balance when their non-snuggly dogs finally decide to cozy up.

“Was he raised by a cat?” asked one viewer of the TikTok video, while another simply pointed out “the side eye!”

But it turns out that it isn’t just Kona who prefers being left alone. In the comments, other pet owners shared their stories of dogs who like to be left alone.

“Fellow non-snuggly dog owner,” wrote TikTok user Ryan. “Can’t even sit on the couch next to her, she gets down immediately.”

Another viewer commented: “My dad has a dog that if you even start to talk about him while he’s in the room he will get up and leave and rather sit outside in the rain.”

“I have a non-snuggly dog too, but every once in a while when no one is looking he’ll give me a kiss,” posted a third.

Despite Kona’s picky attitude to cuddles with his owner, it is clear that Steph wouldn’t have him any other way, side eye and all.

Newsweek reached out to @stephy23b via TikTok for comment.

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A dog on a couch looking sideways. One canine’s reaction to his owner’s affection has left the internet in stitches.

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