The credited songwriter is Anslem Douglas, who has established in previous interviews that the “dogs” in the song are supposed to be asshole men who are making derogatory comments about women. Literally, it’s about everybody having fun at a party until men start saying gross stuff to women, at which point they say, “hey, who let the dogs out?” in reference to these men. This all gets more complicated by the fact that Douglas says he didn’t come up with the phrase “who let the dogs out,” but that he had picked it up from his brother-in-law who heard it from a Canadian radio show he used to work at. Then there are other producers and songwriters who say that they actually came up with it.


No matter who really let the dogs out, or who came up with asking who let the dogs out, Brent Hodge was able to get a movie out of the story that is also called Who Let The Dogs Out. It’s all just very confusing.