Have you ever wondered why dogs tilt their heads? Is it because we know it makes us adorable, or is there another reason? I thought it would be fun to find out why we do it.
After doing some research I came up with two reasons for dogs tilting their heads. Both sound quite logical to me, so let’s see what you think. I’ve also noticed with me and my sisters, I’m most prone to tilting, Bailie is an occasional tilter, and Katie rarely if ever tilts her head.
The first reason for us dogs to tilt our heads is to show our humans empathy. This seems to be the theory humans want to believe. By tilting our heads, it appears we are truly listening and really feel for the human telling us their story. We learn early on in life, humans love our head tilts, and the behavior often gets us a reward.
The second theory as to why dogs tilt their heads is for hearing purposes. Dogs normally have excellent hearing, but sometimes it’s hard for us to tell where the sound is coming from or what exactly the sound is. By tilting our heads, we can better locate the source of the sound and pinpoint the tone.
Now let’s add in the human. Do you realize humans also tilt their heads? Why do humans do it? The same two reasons as dogs do it. I couldn’t get a shot of a human doing it, so I just drew an example. Watch humans when someone is telling a deep, or sad story, they tend to tilt their heads. Have someone talk to you real quietly, or in a jumbled voice, you will tilt your head to try and figure out what is being said.
I find the head tilt fascinating. One sentence that always gets me tilting is when Mom asks if I want to go to the “bunny trails” which is one of our walks that I absolutely love. I would tilt my head all day long if it would get me walking the “bunny trails”! Does your dog tilt his head? What causes it? Do you believe my two reasons why dogs tilt their heads?