President Michael D Higgins' puppy was competing for his owner’s attention with friendly nudges and nibbles as the President spoke to RTÉ on Sunday.

In a video shared to his TikTok, the President’s hand was seen being nibbled at by his playful Bernese mountain dog puppy Misneach.

Misneach can be seen pawing at the President looking for attention, but President Higgins smoothly continued to make his speech.

The President was paying tribute to actor Tom Hickey, who died last week.

Seven-month old Misneach was brought into the president’s home in March to join his other Bernese Mountain Dog Bród. Bród has been on his own after his sister Síoda died last September.