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The reason dogs tilt their heads is everything

Aug 26, 2020

The reason dogs tilt their heads is everything

Yes, it’s International Dog Day so I thought I’d let you know why the furry family do that strange yet adorable head tilt when they hear a strange sound.

For years, that move that can melt even the most immovable heart has had us stumped. But finally there is an answer. And it’s all to understand us better.

The tilt serves two functions. First of all, it directs what they're HEARING into their ears at a different angle so they can localise where it’s coming from more easily. It also allows the sound to travel around their long ear flaps. Here’s the funny part though. The tilt is also especially useful as a way of shifting their nose out of the way to help them SEE where the noise is coming from. Because after all, seeing is believing. Especially if it's with both eyes.

In fact, you can try the tilt for yourself. Just put your fist on your nose and try to look straight ahead. Your fist blocks your vision unless you tilt your head to the side. Crazy huh. If anyone you don’t know is watching you do this right now, you’re welcome...

Tags: Animals Dogs