Dogs love to get into trouble but unfortunately for them, there isn’t a very strong “poker face” game going on when they get caught.

Whether it’s messing with the cat, tearing apart your favorite pair of shoes, or just getting into general mischief, it’s hard to stay mad at them when they look so darn cute when caught.

We combed the internet for some of the funniest “caught in the act” moments from dogs and they don’t disappoint.

Check out our favorites and try not to laugh.

Contents

The look of pure guilt.

The look of pure guilt.

A dog’s face can very easily give away their guilt. It doesn’t help when they are standing directly in front of the mess they just created. But admit it, you stay mad for about 10 seconds and then you have to laugh at the situation standing before you.

It’s all his fault!

It's all his fault!

The dog in the background has no problem ratting out his buddy. There is just not a lot of hiding the emotions of dogs. Now comes the real question — who was actually guilty of this mess? At least one of these dogs at least looks more guilty. 

I swear I wasn’t going to do anything to the cat!

I swear I wasn't going to do anything to the cat!

I wasn’t going to eat the cat, I just wanted to see if I could catch them! There is a very real chance that this cat was attempting to set up the dog to take a fall for no reason at all. Sneaky little cats!

AHHH. Caught!

AHHH. Caught!

Yet another example of a dog being caught in the act and allowing their startled emotions to shine through. They even have the evidence right in front of them so there is no hiding from what they have done.

I was really hungry.

I was really hungry.

One tiny puppy + one giant bag of dog food apparently equals a huge mess. When it comes to getting into bags of yummy treats we know that dogs will stop at nothing, even if they are super tiny and look adorably innocent.

I have no idea how this happened!

I have no idea how this happened!

This dog looks like they genuinely didn’t mean to get caught in the blinds. Regardless of their intent, they are now caught in the act and unable to deny what they have done. Furniture 1, dog zero. 

Wanna play soccer?

Wanna play soccer?

Body hunched over, ears back and big wide eyes fully open? This is a tell-tale sign of doggy guilt. But how can you possibly be mad at this adorable little cutie?

I’m naturally fluffy, but not THIS fluffy!

I'm naturally fluffy, but not THIS fluffy!

Even if this dog wasn’t caught in the act, there was no way all of those down feathers were going to magically disappear from their fur, the couch, and presumably the entire living room. At the same time, this pup doesn’t seem too upset about being caught. They either destroyed a pillow or finally caught that pesky bird who snuck its way into the house.

I’m just going for a ride.

I'm just going for a ride.

How can you not laugh when you see a dog riding another dog. It doesn’t hurt that this adorable puppy somehow managed to turn his dog friend into a horse. At least the bigger dog doesn’t seem to mind these antics.

Hanging out in chaos.

Hanging outu00a0in chaos.

This adorable dog may look guilty but notice how they didn’t bother to leave the scene of the wreckage they have created. They just stare back at you with those adorable puppy eyes and allow evolution to take care of making us feel sorry for them.

Golden retriever lovers will love the next photo!

If I lay down flat you won’t notice what I did.

If I lay down flat you won't notice what I did.

Another example of a dog’s inability to hide properly. In their defense, if this dog was a darker shade of brown they might have just blended in with the hardwood floor. Also, toilet paper is fun. True fact.

What did you do?

What did you do?

It looks like this dog managed to break open a giant sack of coffee beans. If that’s the case their owner was probably in for a very long night of hyper-puppy time.

A trail of guilt.

A trail of guilt.

The trail of trouble is all over the house and the look of guilt is covering this puppy’s face. It’s amazing how something so adorable can create such havoc and try to melt our hearts with that look!

Dog + Cat = Sibling rivarly

Dog + Cat = Sibling rivarly

When you have a cat and dog living together there is a very good chance that some type of rivalry will ensue. Thankfully these two friends were just having a playful time together and not attempting to eat each other. 

There was only 8, I promise.

There was only 8, I promise.

This dog was hoping that their owners are really bad at counting. The food laying across the counter probably wasn’t the best way to keep their secret. Someone isn’t getting a muffin. 

Guilty before the act was discovered.

Guilty before the act was discovered.

Want to know if your dog has done something wrong? Just look at them? Perhaps it’s because they don’t want to get in trouble or maybe they really just don’t like to see you mad, upset, or sad because of their actions. In the end it’s all kind of adorable in its own “bad dog” type of way.

Can you spot the guilty one?

Can you spot the guilty one?

The dog on the right is really guilty. Okay maybe not, perhaps they just really don’t like having their photo taken or maybe it’s a genetic condition. Either way it’s super silly and that makes us happy. 

The cone of shame.

The cone of shame.

Dogs don’t like to wear “the cone of shame” from the vets office but this poor guy created his own. He’s at least wearing his “badge of honor” with pride. Oops. 

Just checking if I’m in trouble.

Just checking if I'm in trouble.

Hey owner I just wanted to see if you noticed what I did. I’m going to patiently wait out here and give you the “I did something wrong” look until you acknowledge my behavior. So did you find what I did yet?

Mmmph… Mmmppp… Mmm..

Mmmph... Mmmppp... Mmm..

It looks like someone isn’t going to be enjoying the lunch they made — but it won’t be this dog. This is what happens when a dog realizes they can reach the countertop and help themselves to a delicious snack. 

I broke it.

I broke it.

When your dog realizes they broke something and then they bring it over to where your sitting it’s really hard to be overly mad at them. At least they quickly understood the error of their ways right?

It’s all over my nose!

It's all over my nose!

Dog gets into trouble, dog attempts to smell whatever they got into, dog gets busted. This is exactly why we love our four-legged friends so much. This guy is an adorable bundle of joy. 

Two guilty parties.

Two guilty parties.

When you get in big trouble for something or you think trouble is coming your way, team up with a partner for a double dose of doggy guilt. These two work together really well and it’s totally adorable.

Dogs get into a lot of trouble but darn us if it’s not nearly impossible to look into their big puppy eyes and almost immediately forgive them.

He Was Reading The News?

He Was Reading The News?

Here’s a dog who was enjoying a quiet evening to himself, eating magazines while his humans were out to dinner. When they came home, he looked like he knew he shouldn’t have shredded all of that paper. Good thing he’s cute and will most likely get away with this one punishment-free.

Dog Decides To Recycle Pizza Box

Dog Decides To Recycle Pizza Box

This restless pup needed to take out some energy. Lo and behold, two pizza boxes sat on top of the garbage can, just waiting to be recycled. This dog clearly got ahold of both, and had a happy 20 minutes shredding them before someone took notice. He looks like he’s sorry about it.

He Got Skunked

He Got Skunked

Well, he’s gotten punishment enough for poking his nose where it doesn’t belong. This dog was a little too curious about the skunk roaming the neighborhood and got what was coming to him. Skunks are not friends, pal.

He Was Framed

He Was Framed

Although he’s caught with the trash can around his neck, he swears he was framed. “Dig through the baby’s diaper bin? I wouldn’t. Not me.” That’s what his face says, but clearly, this dog is as guilty as they come.

But… I Spelled Your Name

But... I Spelled Your Name

This pup was caught red handed -err, or something like that. Here he sits next to his pride and joy: a creative line of pee all the way down the hallway. He doesn’t seem to realize he did something naughty, but let’s hope he’s still being house broken and this doesn’t happen all of the time!

I Like It Better This Way

I Like It Better This Way

This dog was caught too late in the crime for the owner to prevent a huge mess. But here she is, looking rather casual and comfortable. While humans might find old food and rubbish strewn about the house disgusting, this dog seems to prefer it this way. Sorry, not sorry.

Power Strip Pup

Power Strip Pup

Everyone has their vices, even dogs. This dog has a nasty habbit of chewing power cords. Judging by the way he dragged it under the bed and went at it, chewing through the cord while hiding shows that this is not his first time. Cords are dangerous for animals, but this pup doesn’t seem to care. He knows it will be replaced and a new one will be waiting for him soon.

What Even Is Wine?

What Even Is Wine?

Unfortunately for this dog’s owners, it appears that he got into their wine stash, grabbed a bottle and tossed it on the concrete. Somehow he didn’t get any of the delicious red wine on his fur coat. He might have gotten away with the crime, but it looks like he forgot to leave the scene quickly enough.

She Loves TP

She Loves TP

What is it with animals and babies? Why do they want to mess with toilet paper so much? Clearly, this wasn’t the first time that this adorable Weimaraner destroyed the roll of toilet paper. There must be something about the softness and how it can shred into a million little pieces that capture their attention.

One Thing Led To Another

One Thing Led To Another

Oh my, this dog had quite the day. Not only did they lock themselves in the bathroom, but they went on a rampage while they were in there, before destroying the door to get out. This owner has a lot of clean-up to do, but seeing that they first decided to take a photo of the dog caught in the act, they still have their sense of humor in tact.

He Used The Force

He Used The Force

This lab wasn’t patient enough to hear Yoda’s wisdom before he tore his fluffy guts out. Yoda looks like he might have been the dog’s toy, but it would be sad if it were a kid’s! He doesn’t appear apologetic at all. Poor Yoda.

My Dog Ate My Diploma

My Dog Ate My Diploma

This is a very, very bad dog. No doubt this woman was waiting and excited to receive her master’s degree soon. But, when her shining piece of accomplishment arrived int he mail, he dog got to it first. This dog really needs to be trained not to mess with the mail!

You Don’t Need The Left, Right?

You Don't Need The Left, Right?

This dog can seriously destroy a shoe! He didn’t just nibble at the toe, or slobber it up a bit, he managed to rip the entire shoe off it’s outsole. I’d have to say, we’re not even mad, we’re impressed.

I Remember My First Drink

I Remember My First Drink

Oh man. This boxer got into the chocolate alcohol bottles, a double no-no for dogs to have, got a little tipsy and puked everywhere. You usually have to watch out teenagers or inexperienced drinkers for this time of scenario, but this dog decided to join the club as well. Let’s hope she learned her lesson!

But The Bag Was So Enticing

But The Bag Was So Enticing

This bright blue and iridescent trash bag must have been completely irresistible to this dog. As far as “trash disasters” go, this one looks pretty tame. It’s mainly paper items. Regardless, the pup looks like he’s feeling a little guilty about what he’s done.

Privacy, Please!

Privacy, Please!

So, this dog just wanted to give himself a little bath. What on earth is wrong with that? Although there doesn’t seem to be any soap or shampoo around. Hmmm.

A Little Refurbishing

A Little Refurbishing

Could a pup ever look as pleased with her misdeeds as this one does? She looks absolutely delighted at the fact that she destroyed what was once probably a nice place to sit. Oh well, guess that’s her seat now.

NO CHOCOLATE FOR DOGS!

NO CHOCOLATE FOR DOGS!

Sigh… when will dogs ever read the warnings about consuming chocolate? This boxer pup just tore his way through an entire box of Russell Stover candies. Although this doesn’t look like too messy a situation now, I feel bad for the person who has to clean that up later!

It’s Called The Choking Game

It's Called The Choking Game

Hey there mom, we’re just playing a game. It’s a really fun one we learned about in school. There’s no way I’m actually trying to hurt my little brother… he just lost the game.

But, The Savings!

But, The Savings!

Awww, it appears that this Dalmation only wanted to help his human family save a little money. Why else would he have shredded the sale advertisements and coupons?

Simply Irresistible

Simply Irresistible

Tell me, which one of you can resist eating from the garbage pail, when it’s chock full of dirty diapers? That’s like crack to a dog.

Can’t Take Him Anywhere

Can't Take Him Anywhere

Well, you can’t say that this dog isn’t committed to digging. It appears that his owners took him out on some errands and he even offered to help out the shopping center’s landscape crew while he was visiting.

The Shining Moment

The Shining Moment

Doesn’t this one remind you a little bit of the famous Jack Nicholson scene from the classic horror film The Shining? If this dog just had an axe in his paws, it would be a perfect recreation of that suspenseful scene.

Whatcha Looking For?

Whatcha Looking For?

This stout little pup appears to be hunting through the fridge. Wonder how he got into it, and what exactly he’s looking for? Perhaps he’s scrounging up some ingredients to make his human companions a five-course dinner.

Weenie Wonder

Weenie Wonder

The most miraculous part of this photo, apart from the garbage chaos, is that this short little dog was able to pull that tall trash can down! She sure looks guilty about it now, though. Hope she is not in too much trouble.

Helping

Helping

OK, have to side with the dog here. He sees you rip into bags of soil, so why shouldn’t he do the same? Perhaps his owners could put some empty pots behind him… that way he can help to fill them up and get them ready for new seeds or plants.

I Don’t Know

I Don't Know

“I swear, I don’t know who left this here. What is it, anyway? A Tootsie Roll?” This dog’s guilt at taking a dump on the rug is so hard to look at. At least the owners were smart enough to get brown colored carpeting in that area of the house.

I’m Watching The Game – Don’t Disturb Me

I'm Watching The Game - Don't Disturb Me

So what if this small pup happened to destroy a pillow or toy? He was probably stressed over the outcome of the big game on TV. Just bring him some wings and leave him alone until he gets to see who wins… I’m sure he’ll clean up after himself.

What Happened Here?

What Happened Here?

It’s not really clear what led to the scenario you see pictured here. Did the man fall out of his chair, or trip while he was walking? Did the dog trip him? Either way, the pup is not showing him any respect as she sits calmly on the back of his head, completely unconcerned for his well-being.

When The Moon Hits Your Eye Like A Big Pizza Pie…

When The Moon Hits Your Eye Like A Big Pizza Pie...

I have the perfect excuse for this pizza-loving pup. He should simply say that he thought the pizza box was empty and that he was trying to help out by taking out the garbage. It’s the best chance he’s got.

No Sleep Til Brooklyn!

No Sleep Til Brooklyn!

Let’s hope that this cute doggie’s human companions have a guest bed or at least a comfy sofa to crash on for the night. Those dirt marks look like they might take quite a while to wash out completely!

TP Brigade

TP Brigade

What is it with dogs and toilet paper? Perhaps this little champ was attempting to make herself a mummy costume for Halloween?

New Decorating Team

New Decorating Team

Hi there. I’m a member of your new interior design committee. We decided that the wallpaper had to go. I was hoping you wouldn’t come home until we had this all cleaned up and painted. How do you like it so far?

Eyes Closed, You Can’t Get In Trouble

Eyes Closed, You Can't Get In Trouble

Well, this is the cutest kitchen organizer I’ve ever seen. It appears that this pup cleared out an entire drawer of Saran Wrap and Ziploc bags. Nice work, buddy! *rolls eyes*

Just Sayin’ Hi!

Just Sayin' Hi!

This dog isn’t being bad at all. He just found himself a little opening in the fence and decided to pop out and say hello! But if you didn’t know that, you’d probably assume he’d dug a pretty big hole to get to where he is.

You can’t find me.

You can't find me.

A lot of dogs will hide when they know they have done something wrong. The hide-and-seek game is strong with this four-legged friend. When they are finally discovered they have guilt written all over their adorable little doggy face.

I like it more this way.

I like it more this way.

When all else fails just tell your owner that you meant for it to look that way. Isn’t it usually the cats job to scale the tree and knock if over? Of course the cat would scamper off before their owner even realized what happened. 

I’m just going to hide behind my own paws.

I'm just going to hide behind my own paws.

This dog wants to hide but the only place they can find is between their own paws. This is right on par with kids who hide behind curtains with their feel clearly showing. As an aside, LOOK AT THOSE EYES!!!