17 Words That Have A Completely Different Meaning When You’re A Dog

BuzzFeed UK has an office dog, Phineas, so we asked him to help come up with this handy guide.

1. “Sofa”

For humans means: A nice place to sit.
For dogs means: A nice place to roll.

2. “Cat”

For humans means: An alternative animal to keep as a pet.
For dogs means: The enemy. I mean, I’ll be friends if I have to be…but whyyyy?

3. “Friends”

For humans means: A carefully selected group of people that you like.
For dogs means: All dogs. All dogs are friends. And people. And everything.

4. “Supermarket”

For humans means: Where you go to do shopping.
For dogs means: Where the human disappears to. Seriously, I forget what they look like and it’s rubbish.

5. “Walk”

For humans means: An outing on foot.
For dogs means: When we go outside and then EVERYTHING happens. Literally, I want to say hi to all the things here. What is that? I’m going over there now. This is SO EXCITING.

6. “Tail”

For humans means: An appendage that many animals have.
For dogs means: That bastard I can never catch. Even if I change direction.

7. “Chair”

For humans means: Somewhere to sit down.
For dogs means: Somewhere I sit, and if I’m not using it, you may also sit down.

8. “Bin”


For humans means: Where you put your rubbish.
For dogs means: A delicious buffet of smells that for some reason I’m not allowed to eat from.

9. “Thunderstorm”

For humans means: A meteorological event that can be quite loud.
For dogs means: Terror. What is happening? Why is the sky falling down?

10. “Bath”

For humans means: A lovely relaxing soak.
For dogs means: The worst thing ever. But the human probably means well, right? They must do.

11. “Hat”

For humans means: Something it’s tricky to pull off.
For dogs means: Something I can always pull off.

12. “Fetch”

For humans means: A game.
For dogs means: The word a human shouts when they lose something they really, really want, and I have to be the hero and go get it back.

13. “Lunch”

For humans means: A meal eaten in the middle of the day.
For dogs means: A meal I eat sometimes, but also, if you’re having some food, could I have some food, please?

14. “Ball”

For humans means: Round thing used to play games.
For dogs means: BALL? WHERE IS THE BALL?

15. “Work”

For humans means: What you do to get money.
For dogs means: Napping, mainly. Sometimes going for a walk on the desk.

16. “Toilet paper”

For humans means: Mundane necessity.
For dogs means: Fancy-dress possibilities.

17. “Nap”

For humans means: An occasional treat.
For dogs means: *At the mere mention of a nap, Phineas left to take a nap. So, important, probably.*

With thanks to Phineas (Instagram here), and his human, Nicole.

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