Does your dog tilt
their head when you speak or when they hear a strange noise? It’s common for pets to tilt their head in
response. It looks like they are listening.
Lots of pet owners find this move adorable, but why does your pet really tilt their head?
- Improve Hearing – A slight change in
head position can provide a dog with the ability to more accurately locate the location
and distance of a sound.
- To Understand – When dogs listen to
your voice, they are trying to identify familiar words or tones. This helps them associate what you are saying
with a reward.
- Vision – Facial expressions, body
language and eye movements all play a role in being able to better understand
what someone is saying. Dogs with longer
muzzles have a particularly difficult time viewing a person’s face. Tilting their head could mean that they are
trying to better see your expressions.
- Positive Reinforcement – We love
when dogs tilt their heads!
We tend to be more positive or offer a treat when a dog tilts their head. This reaction encourages the activity and
they are more likely to repeat the gesture in the future.