Why do dogs tilt their head when you speak to them?

Focus-Science and Technology - - Q & A - TOBY GRA­HAM, CC

A dog’s range of hear­ing is wider than ours but not as ac­cu­rate. Perk­ing their ears up while tilt­ing their heads helps them pin­point where noises are com­ing from more quickly. It also helps them to hear and in­ter­pret the tone of our voices, and pick out fa­mil­iar words such as ‘walkies’. Dog be­hav­iour ex­pert Dr Stanley Coren be­lieves that dogs with shorter muz­zles tilt their heads less be­cause they have a bet­ter view of our fa­cial ex­pres­sions and are there­fore not so re­liant on their ears to un­der­stand us.

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