Magnus the therapy dog refuses to be left home alone in chuckle-worthy clip

Magnus the therapy dog
(Image credit: @magnusthetherapydog/Facebook)

If you have a dog, then it’s likely both you and them can relate to this clip featuring Magnus the therapy dog quietly creeping up on his owner as he attempts to leave the house without taking the Labrador Retriever with him.

In a recent TikTok video, Magnus’s owner Brian Benson is filmed trying to quietly lift his keys off their hook. He looks around to check Magnus is nowhere to be seen before grabbing the keys. 

But when Benson turns back around he finds Magnus sitting by the door with his leash in his mouth waiting patiently to see what adventure the pair are heading off on.

The hilarious clip has already been viewed over 250,000 times with TikTokers enthusiastically chiming in with their own stories, with user7327355691078 saying: “mine knows my morning routine and beats me to the door every time!”


Has your dog ever done this? 😂

♬ original sound - Magnus the Therapy Dog

Pwp1967 agreed, adding: “omg yes! He could be sound asleep and as soon as I grab my sunglasses, he’s ready to go out. How do they know?!”

Magnus is no stranger to the limelight, having 1.6 million followers on TikTok alone. The five-year-old lab was originally bred to be a service dog for the blind but had a career change after Benson adopted him and decided he had all the attributes to make a great therapy dog.

The lovable pooch now visits hospitals to comfort terminally ill children, adults, and their families as well as the overworked hospital staff who care for them. When he’s not busy doing his rounds, Magnus also spends time working with children who have severe learning disabilities and emotional disorders.

Full of smiles, joy, and love, Magnus the therapy dog has been winning fans for years and after watching this endearing video, it’s not hard to see why! 

We’re not sure if Benson ended up getting out of the house without his eager canine companion, but we have a feeling in this battle of wills, Magnus may well have emerged the winner.

Kathryn Williams
Freelance writer

Kathryn is a freelance writer who has been a member of the PetsRadar family since it launched in 2020. Highly experienced in her field, she's driven by a desire to provide pet parents with accurate, timely, and informative content that enables them to provide their fur friends with everything they need to thrive. Kathryn works closely with vets and trainers to ensure all articles offer the most up-to-date information across a range of pet-related fields, from insights into health and behavior issues to tips on products and training. When she’s not busy crafting the perfect sentence for her features, buying guides and news pieces, she can be found hanging out with her family (which includes one super sassy cat), drinking copious amounts of Jasmine tea and reading all the books.