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Watch : Puppy sees his reflection for the first time, and his reaction is gold

black and white spanish water dog puppy looking at reflection in mirror dog-happy
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If you’ve got a pet at home, then you know how fun it is to show them their reflection. While some pets don’t react to it at all, others, like this puppy, have the best reactions!

By Justine Seraphin

Published on the 20/09/2020, 21:00, Updated on the 08/02/2021, 13:25

Spanish Water Dogs are well known for being both friendly and extremely intelligent.

So it’s no surprise that this adorable pup noticed there was “another dog” in the mirror, and immediately decide to go greet it!

Self-awareness tests

Mirrors are often used to test an animal’s self-awareness. So far, apart from humans, only elephants, dolphins, and some species of great apes have shown signs of self-awareness after having taken the mirror test. This means that they are aware their reflection in the mirror is their own, and not just another animal.

On the contrary to these self-aware animals, when dogs see their reflections in the mirror, they believe they are looking at another dog! That’s why they often have such hilarious reactions: barking, growling, wagging their tails or even play-bowing!

Puppy vs mirror

This puppy demonstrates that perfectly! He clearly tries to play with the puppy right in front of him – but becomes adorably confused when he bumps into the mirror and realises he can’t get any closer to his friend!

If we haven’t said it before…dogs are the cutest!