This YouTube video (see below) is hysterical and reminds me of the English idiom: Barking up the wrong tree.
Take a look and see if you can understand the meaning of the expression. The photo above should also give you a good hint. You’ll find the definition below.
Does it is make sense now? The dog is barking at the statue because he wants him to throw the stick so he can play fetch. Obviously the statue is not human and cannot move. So the dog is asking for help from someone who cannot help him.
Barking up the wrong tree is an English idiomatic expression.
We use the expression “barking up the wrong tree” as a metaphor to describe when someone is trying to achieve something but they're doing it in the wrong way (or they are trying to get something but they will not be successful).
The picture above is also a good visual explanation of the expression. The dog is barking up one tree but the cat has escaped to another one.
Definition: 1) doing something that will not get you the result you want; 2) to be wrong about the reason for something.
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