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I would like to know how dogs (i.e. all animals) would call us, if they could speak. Who are we relative to dogs?

Wer ist der Besitzer dieses Hundes?

Der Hund folgt seinem Eigentümer nach Hause.

I’ve also found the following results, but I’m not sure which is in use currently.

Hundehalter, Besitzer, Führer, Eigentümer

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    I would like to know how a dog (i.e. all animals) would call us, if they could speak. – Do­sen­öff­ner
    – user9551
    Commented Dec 22, 2015 at 22:10
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    Herrchen, Frauchen
    – Gerhard
    Commented Dec 22, 2015 at 22:27
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    I have a Frauchen, too. I’m a dog. I have a collar and a leash. Am I freaking you out? ;)
    – Jan
    Commented Dec 23, 2015 at 1:23
  • @Jan en.wikipedia.org/wiki/…
    – Carsten S
    Commented Dec 23, 2015 at 1:26
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    Muss man die Hunde fragen. Commented Dec 23, 2015 at 3:20

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Male: Herrchen

Female: Frauchen

Quickly said: just the diminutive of "Herr" and "Frau".

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It’s rather simple because you can just go by what somebody says when they are talking directly to a dog (that is not their’s — or maybe their’s but they want it to go to their spouse or whatnot).

Na Brauner, du sollst Frauchen doch nicht immer so mit der Leine hinter dir herzerren!

Schau mal, da drüben, dein Herrchen hat Leckerli!

Und wenn jetzt noch das Herrchen käme, um mit dir Gassi zu gehen …

The structure is basically the same compared to talking to a child. And when speaking to children, it is common for strangers to use die Mama or der Papa rather than your mother/father.

Of course, this heavily depends on the animal in question. Or, as the old joke goes:

Hunde haben Herrchen. Katzen haben Personal.

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