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    I was making a sound that she clearly struggled with.
  • I remember watching a youtube video about this. Dogs' ears don't redirect sound in the same way as a human so a dog can tell if a sound is coming from right to left, but they have to tilt their head to figure out if sound is coming from above or below them. What they're doing is getting the barely perceptible difference between when the sound hits one ear vs the other, which tells them which direction it's coming from. It tracks that a dog that is concentrating on your voice would tilt its head because it's focusing on you.
  • Found it!

    It starts at 3:15 because the first part of the video is just him shooting a drone out of a tree.

    Shooting Down a Lost Drone and why Dogs Tilt their Heads - Smarter Every Day 173
    Youtube Oai7HUqncAA
  • I had a cat, who when I'd look at him and tilt my head, he'd tilt his head to match. The I'd tilt my head the other way and he'd do the same. Each time I'd tilt my head more and more and so would he, until he tilted too far and fell over,  I miss my cats.
  • They do it for the same reason that your parents did it.  They adore you, and are thunderstruck that someone they adore can be so damned dumb.
  • Lsherm: I remember watching a youtube video about this. Dogs' ears don't redirect sound in the same way as a human so a dog can tell if a sound is coming from right to left, but they have to tilt their head to figure out if sound is coming from above or below them. What they're doing is getting the barely perceptible difference between when the sound hits one ear vs the other, which tells them which direction it's coming from. It tracks that a dog that is concentrating on your voice would tilt its head because it's focusing on you.


    That seems like the obvious answer.  Owls do the same thing, except one owl ear is always higher than the other.
  • Animals are smart. Humans are animals. Dogs... and cats... and birds and rodents and fish... we're not that different from each other.

    Humans are not that evolved. Not as evolved as humans like to think we are. We're more similar to the animals than we aren't similar to the animals.

    Be nice to your pets.
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  • Lsherm: Found it!

    It starts at 3:15 because the first part of the video is just him shooting a drone out of a tree.

    [YouTube video: Shooting Down a Lost Drone and why Dogs Tilt their Heads - Smarter Every Day 173]


    That was neat! Thanks.
  • All this is true, but I'm personally convinced sometimes they do it because - just like humans - they're going, "Da fuq are you on about??"
  • We bred wolves with floppy ears because we think it's funny, and now they can't hear very well so they have to tilt their heads to get their big floppy ears out of the way. It's their way of going "Can you repeat that?"

    /they don't mind their floppy ears most of the time because humans are noisy as fark
  • Ishkur: /they don't mind their floppy ears most of the time because humans are noisy as fark


    The in-laws are over, can confirm

    /the dog is completely over it
    //ditto
    ///three
  • FTFA: Dogs tilt their heads in a number of situations, but it seems that they do this only when they hear something that is very relevant to them

    My dog tilts his head when I get to the part that matters. He lets me know I said the right thing.

    For example, when he's sitting there staring at me and I'm trying to figure out if he's asking to go outside or for food, I can say, "Do want want to go outside?" and watch his head.

    If he wants to go out, he tilts his head when I get to that part. If it was not "go outside" he wants, he keeps his head straight. Then when I say "Do you want food?", he tilts his head.

    He can do "ball", "bed", and "pee", too, but that's about it.
  • Some Junkie Cosmonaut: All this is true, but I'm personally convinced sometimes they do it because - just like humans - they're going, "Da fuq are you on about??"


    People overlook this and try to find deeper meaning. Humans and dogs have cohabitated for so long, we've copied each other's body language. When a dog communicates physically, it probably means exactly what you think it means.
  • you want pictures of people's dogs doing it?    Fark is not your personal erotica site
  • My dog has never done the head tilt.  He is otherwise the perfect dog.
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    Her trigger words are "do you want..." or "go for a..."
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