Why Do Dogs Tilt Their Head When You Speak To Them

Most of the times, you have seen your dog cocks his/her head from side to side while as you interact with them. This behavior is quite adorable and could melt the heart of even the most hardened cat person. Most individuals are fond of their dogs titling its head slightly to the side but they don’t really know what compels a dog to do it. Maybe your dog already knows your weakness and he/she is trying to exploit you for affection by cocking his/her head from side to side. While not all dogs are known to tilt their heads, most of them normally do especially when you speak to them. If you have ever wondered why your dog cocks their head from side to side then read on. Here are some of the reasons why dogs tilt their head to the side:

Better Hearing

shutterstock_143892184In most cases, dogs tilt their heads to the side while you speak to them as a way of trying to hear you more clearly. Although dogs have brilliant hearing abilities, their ears don’t adjust automatically like human ears do thus they have to tilt their heads to catch what you are saying to them. Dogs’ ears are designed such that when dogs tilt their heads, they are more exposed to hearing sounds. If a dog doesn’t tilt its head then it could only hear fuzzy and static sounds, thus unable to hear what you are saying. You may have noticed that a dog only tilts its head to the side if you are standing in front of them and doesn’t tilt its head if you are to the side. In simpler terms, a dog will always tilt its head to direct its ear to your direction and hear a word here and there.

Learned Behavior

Dogs are good learners and smart. When it comes to getting shutterstock_170648336positive attention from their owners, they can learn fast. They know they look adorable when they tilt their heads and will often do this to earn your affection whenever necessary. If a treat is at steak then your dog will often tilt their head to get it. This doesn’t mean that it is a bad behavior. Depending on how you see it, titling its head can tell you that your dog loves and appreciates you.

Means of Communication

Most people often think that dogs communicate by listening alone. Well, dogs are visual communicator and may tilt their heads to show you they are listening to you. Dogs usually read your body language to understand what you are saying and talk back by cocking their head from side to side.

Poor Balance

In rare cases, your dog may be titling your head often to stay level. They may be suffering from poor balance and tilt their heads to compensate. It is advisable to take your dog to the vet right away if you notice that their balance is compromised.

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