Why does a dog tilt its head when you talk to it? There are 4 reasons for this!
If I ask my Airedale Terrier the insidious question “Who is a good boy?” or “Where should we go now?” he will surely look at me carefully and tilt his head to one side. This touching sight gives great pleasure. And, I think, almost every dog owner observed this behavior. Why do dogs bow their heads when you talk to them?
In the photo: the dog tilts its head. Photo: flickr.com
While there is no definite answer to this question, but researchers conduct dogs put forward several hypotheses.
In what situations does the dog bow its head?
The answer to this question, of course, depends on the behavior of a particular dog. However, most often the dog tilts its head, hearing a sound. It may be a strange, unfamiliar sound to the dog (for example, too high), and sometimes the dog reacts so to a specific word that causes an emotional response (for example, “eat”, “go”, “walk”, “car”, “leash” etc.)
Many dogs bow their heads when they hear a question addressed to them or to another person with whom they have an emotional connection. Although some dogs behave this way when they hear strange sounds on TV, the radio, or even some distant noise that is barely audible to us.
In the photo: the puppy tilts its head. Photo: flickr.com
Why do dogs bow their heads?
As already mentioned, there is no definite answer to this question, however, there are several hypotheses that are worth considering.
- Close emotional connection with a specific person. Some animal behavior experts believe that dogs bow their heads when their owners talk to them because they have a strong emotional connection with their owners. And, bowing their heads, they are trying to better understand what a person wants to convey to them.
- Curiosity. Another hypothesis is that dogs react by tilting their heads to a very interesting sound for them. For example, strange sounds from the TV or the question of the owner asked with unusual intonation.
- Learning. Dogs are constantly learning, and form associative relationships. And, perhaps, your dog has learned to tilt its head to specific sounds or phrases, seeing your tenderness, which is reinforcement for it.
- To hear better. Another hypothesis is that due to the tilt of the head, the dog can better hear and recognize sounds.
When a dog tries to understand a person, it also tries to look at it. The fact is that dogs rely on body language and try to additionally “count” micro prompts, which we ourselves do not always notice.
In the photo: the dog tilts its head. Photo: wikimedia.org
However, whatever the reason the dogs tilt their heads, it looks so funny that the owners sometimes try to make strange sounds to enjoy a focused, tilted head pet. And, of course, take a nice photo.