Have you ever noticed that our furry friends seems to tilt their heads whenever we talk? We found several theories behind this to share!
The adorable move seems to say, “I’m listening”, but is that hat they’re really thinking.
We think not.
Here’s a few possible theories;
They’re trying to hear better
“Dog’s ears ‘flap over’ so in order to hear better they flap they tilt their head to get in a better position to hear better.
A slight change in a dog’s head position supplies additional information that the canine can use to judge a sound’s distance.
Essentially, tilting the head can help the animal more accurately locate the location and distance of a sound.”
They can understand us better
According to Steven R. Lindsay’s “Handbook of Applied Dog Behaviour and Training,” when a dog listens to your voice, he’s trying to identify familiar words or tones that he associates with a reward, such as going on a walk or receiving a treat.
The muscles of a dog’s middle ear are controlled by a part of the brain that’s also responsible for facial expressions and head movements, so when a canine tilts his head, he’s trying to perceive what you’re saying, as well as communicate to you that he’s listening.”
They can’t see our faces properly
“This may seem a little bit silly, but, especially if they’re ears are large they can sometimes cover their faces, so, tilting their heads enables them to flap their ears out of their face, a bit like hair for human.”
Maybe, we’ve taught them to do it?
“When dogs tilt their heads when we speak, it’s undeniably cute and we have a tendency to respond to the behaviour with positive reinforcement. Perhaps we say “aww” in a pleasing tone of voice or offer the dog a treat.”
“Reacting in such a way encourages the activity, and the more a dog is praised for cocking its head, the more likely he is to repeat the gesture in the future.” – Mother Nature Network
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