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Socially Awkward Golden Retriever Is All Of Us Trying To Make New Friends

a golden retriever standing awkwardly next to to other dogs who are playing with each other

They say dogs are man’s best friend… but what they didn’t say is that dogs struggle making best friends just like we do! This golden retriever trying to make friends is the funniest and most relatable thing you’ve seen all day.

Here, you can see that Oatmeal the Golden Retriever isn’t meshing very easily with his acquaintances. It’s not that he’s being mean or aggressive — it’s just that he’s a bit socially awkward.

Adria, his owner, took to TikTok to share some of Oatmeal’s experiences making dog friends as a golden retriever. Despite the species difference, we’re not all that different from one another. Making friends can be hard!

At times, Oatmeal stands a bit away from other dogs. Sometimes, he tries to get RUFF-and-tumble with them, but he isn’t super interested.

He also likes to use the “making himself look busy” tactic, which I suspect we’re all guilty of.

awkward golden retriever trying to make friends
This image is from TikTok.

While this golden retriever may not be the best at making friends, he’s staying true to himself. And he’s as cute as could be while he does it!

I love the picture above where he’s staring straight at the camera while chaos ensues around him. It’s giving Jim in The Office.

golden retriever
This image is from TikTok.

Fans of the clip have taken to the comments to cheer on this golden retriever’s friend-making tactics, and they totally relate to the plight.

“He is so perfect,” began one commenter. “I understand social anxiety little man. I do this at parties too.. oohh look it’s a thing on the floor.”

“No Oatmeal I fully understand, I sometimes run around hoping people will chase me too,” said another.

Making friends isn’t easy, but this golden retriever is a great reminder to be brave!

The featured image for this post is from TikTok.

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