A video of a dog using a treadmill to relieve its anxiety has gone viral on TikTok, where it has received over 212,000 views at the time of writing.
The clip, shared by @aclownandherdolly, was overlaid with a message that read: “Molly is a rescue dog and has a hard time with anxiety at night. Molly runs on her treadmill before bed to physically tire herself out so she can have more restful sleeps.”
The video shows the dog diligently running on the treadmill, with its tongue sticking out and ears flopping.
A study among 13,715 dogs in Finland, looking at seven anxiety-like traits in dogs (including noise sensitivity, fear, fear of surfaces, inattention/impulsivity, compulsive behavior, aggression and separation related behavior), found that 72.5 percent of the dogs displayed “some kind of highly problematic behavior.”