Why Do Dogs Tilt Their Head?

Surely the scene is familiar to you: while you talk to your dog affectionately, he or she tilts their head to look at you. And that usually makes us melt … But why do they do this gesture?

According to a study by the American Psychological Association, 60% of dogs move or tilt their heads regularly when we talk to them. The theories are many, but they all seem to agree on something: your dog tries to better understand what you are trying to tell him at that moment.

One of the possible explanations for some dogs to bow or tilt their heads when we talk to them is that, in this way, they see us better. Usually, if they look straight ahead, their snout prevents them from correctly visualizing our mouth. By tilting or tilting the head they can more easily perceive the expressions of our face and our body language, and they will have more clues to our emotional state at that time.

Another one of the theories that experts consider has to do with the ear. By tilting his head towards the voice source (us), the dog will hear better what we try to tell him. In addition, he will try to identify words and tones that are familiar to him, and that he will associate with certain daily activities (such as when we take them out to the street or receive an edible prize for their good behavior).

On the other hand, the dog will learn the positive effect that this gesture causes so that it will have no qualms when repeating it again. It will get our attention and cause repeated signs of affection.

Undoubtedly, this ‘doggy gesture’ will become a great incentive that it will not hesitate to use, and that will strengthen (according to experts) the communication between the dog and its owner.

Glenn Clinton

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