Dogs love making their owners happy!
To make their owners smile, dogs will do all kinds of cute tricks. Sometimes, pups will do classic tricks like high-fives, playing dead, or shaking paws. Other times, they’ll make funny sounds that make their owners laugh.
Some dogs are harder to train than others—for instance, Shiba Inus are notoriously hard to train. But one Shiba Inu proved the exception to this rule. This clever Shiba Inu, Mame, learned an incredibly difficult trick.
This adorable Shiba Inu learned how to change the volume of his bark.
Mame lives in Japan with his owner. In 2011, the pair decided to go on a Japanese gameshow to show the world just how amazing Mame’s bark is!
The video begins by showing Mame barking at his normal volume. Then, his owner asks him if that’s how he barks. Mame barks again in response.
“You can bark a little softer, right?” Mame’s owner asks.
In response, Mame barks a little quieter.
Then, Mame’s owner asks if he can bark even softer, and Mame immediately gives a quiet bark. Mame’s owner asks if he can bark softer than that, and Mame gives the softest bark yet. The audience at the TV show immediately starts applauding!
“You’re so cute, so cute,” Mame’s owner says.
Mame barks again in response. The video’s English subtitles say this is a ‘cute bark,’ and we have to agree!
After this TV show aired in Japan, someone uploaded a clip to YouTube. The video quickly went massively viral—over 10 million people have watched Mame’s soft bark!
In the YouTube video’s comments, many people talked about how much they loved the subtitles.
Other comments wondered how much training it took to get Mame to change the volume of his bark on command.
The video of Mame’s soft bark also went viral on Reddit. Many Redditors shared their own stories of their dogs using their “inside voices.” A Redditor named Synaxis shared an adorable story about their Husky:
“My husky has an ‘inside voice’ that he uses at night when everyone in the house is sleeping. If he has to go pee RIGHT NOW and can’t hold it until the morning, he will scratch at the side of my bed and do these super soft woofs right in my face. During the day he has no problem shouting about what he wants, but when everyone in the house is sleeping he really does try to be polite. Mostly.”
Another Redditor named Iokuas shared a funny story about their dog’s quiet bark:
“My dad’s dog does something similar. When he barks and we tell him not to, he’ll keep barking at a very, very low volume. He has to get that last word in.”
Mame is a very clever dog who has delighted the whole Internet with his soft bark! If you want to see Mame in action, check out the video below.
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