Men Hilariously Recreate Dogs ‘Acting Tough’ With Each Other and It’s Perfect

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It's happened to all of us. You're having a perfectly normal conversation in the backyard when you realize that your dog and the neighbor pup are absolutely freaking out at each other. It's the strangest thing! Two men on the internet absolutely get how surreal the whole thing can be and made the perfect video parodying dogs "acting tough" with each other.

These two guys totally nailed it. We have no notes to give, the whole thing was *chef's kiss.*

Made by Tommy Solemn and a pal, the two recreated a typical interaction between two dogs who happen to come across each other over a wall.

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"You better watch yourself, yah? You're lucky this wall is between us!" Solemn said to his pal as if he were a dog himself. The two kept bounding along the wall that divided them, hurling insults at each other, and making vague threats about what would happen if the wall "happened" to not be there. But as every dog owner has probably noticed, all that bravado simply goes away once dogs get to the end of a barrier — and the same thing was true for Solemn and his friend too.

"And they became best friends," he joked in the caption.

The comments section thought the video was absolutely hilarious. "[Then] they do go back over the fence and continue their fights," one person teased. "Why do they behave like that?" someone else wondered. "Only thing that's missing is they should off walked back after being chill and start screaming at each other again," someone else suggested.

Understanding Barrier Aggression

Yes, this really is exactly what dogs do. But there is actually a reason why they sort of lose it when they're at a fence or wall. It's called barrier aggression, sometimes known as barrier frustration, and happens when a dog is triggered by a barrier preventing them from getting what they want.

Sometimes barrier aggression happens at doors, windows, fences or even leashes. All that really matters is that the barrier causes the dog to a act unruly. Barrier aggression manifests itself as barking, lunging or growling at a stimulus while being held back by the barrier (like when when a dog sees another dog on the opposite side of the fence).

There are several ways to help the behavior. You'll have to first know what the trigger is and how far away your dog can get before having a reaction. Then you can try and give your dog a treat when they see the trigger and give it to them before they react. Try and redirect the energy so that the trigger has a positive association. It might take some time, but eventually the barrier aggression will go away.

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