The head tilt of a dog is an adorable feature we humans seem to melt with. In the case of a puppy, it doesn’t matter what kind of trouble he got himself into, one tilt of the head and a smile is brought to our face and all is forgiven.
Some speculation includes:
Tilting their heads can make a dog either see or hear better:
There is some thought that although dogs have a keen sense of hearing, they are tilting their heads to hear certain sounds or phrases better. Psychologist Stanley Coren theorizes that dogs with longer muzzles tilt their heads more often and it is most likely in order to see the person better. When you think about it, it would be hard to see a person’s whole face if you have a big muzzle. Tilting their head can aid the dog in seeing the person’s whole face.
In expectation of something:
Tilting the head may be used when a dog is ready for an action to be made by thee human (Like giving a treat, or throwing a ball)
Lizzy in anticipation
Trying to understand something:
Dogs may tilt their head if they are unsure what you are trying to tell them and they are trying to figure it out.
Although these are some or the speculations why dogs tilt their heads, there is no confirmed evidence as to why they do this. My guess is that they are trying to figure something out.
One thing to be aware of however is that chronic head-tilt may be a sign that something is wrong. If your pet has chronic head- tilt, he may have an infection of some kind, vertigo or other ailment. If this is happening with your dog, be sure to take them to the veterinarian to be checked out. .
Project 52-Blog Circle
This post is part of Project 52 which challenges Professional Pet Photographers to focus on a particular topic/assignment each week. There are photographers from all over the world participating. Follow the next link to view how the next amazing photographer tackles this weeks challenge. Then follow each link at the end of each blog until you return to me.. Then you have successfully completed our blog circle. Enjoy!
The dogs above Braydon,Lizzie and Celia are all available for Adoption.
Second Chance has a unique program near Syracuse N.Y. where inmates train the rescued dogs and it gives both the dogs and the inmates a second chance in life. Come visit Second Chance Canine Shelter. We are open Saturdays and Sundays 10-2.
Nancy Kieffer is a photographer serving the Central New York and Adirondack region and beyond. Travel assignments welcomed. If you would like to book a Day in the Life session for your pet, please email me at Nancy@nancykiefferphotography.com or call 315-469-8807. Nancy also offers instruction in photography and Lightroom.