There are many theories about why a dog bows its head when spoken to, from what they do to hear your voice better to what they do simply to look better.
However, today no one knows for sure, and since the dogs do not speak at the moment, it seems that we will be left with doubts. Although the theories are quite acceptable, they are just that, theories.
Let’s go over what are the main reasons or beliefs why dogs are supposed to head cocked when spoken to. Some will surprise you and others simply correspond to logic.
Index of contents
- 1 My dog cocks his head to hear my voice better
- 2 My dog turns his head because he tries to understand me when I speak to him
- 3 My dog shakes his head when I talk to him for a positive answer
My dog cocks his head to hear my voice better
Dogs have much more developed senses than humans, of course including hearing. Not only are they able to hear better than we are, but they can also perceive sling frequencies that we cannot hear.
One of the most logical theories that explain why dogs turn their heads when spoken to, is the one that indicates they do so to better focus on the sound of our voice. They position their ears so that our voice comes clearer to their ear.
Perhaps that is why they do not always perform this curious gesture, it may depend on factors such as ambient noise and other sound frequencies that we do not appreciate but they do.
My dog turns his head because he tries to understand me when I speak to him
We all know that dogs cannot speak, however they do know how to listen. It has been shown through scientific studies that a normal dog and anyone can memorize up to two hundred words, understanding the meaning of each of them.
We call them “Orders”, as when we teach them to sit, the word they learn is “Sit” or “Sit”. When we talk to a dog, he hears a lot of words coming out of our mouth that don’t make much sense.
So the theory says that dogs actually turn their heads like strangers, looking for a word they can identify. Imagine for a moment that you tell him dinner is over and they don’t hear you … what a tragedy !!
Sometimes they bow their heads as an expression, like What are you telling me? Because they listen and listen to words but they cannot understand any. They recognize the orders that we have taught them and the everyday phrases like “to eat”, but little else.
My dog shakes his head when I talk to him for a positive answer
Unlike many humans, dogs are not stupid. They do not need to hear our voice to know if we are sad or happy, they are able to know how we are simply observing the facial expressions on our faces.
They learn very quickly and they know that when they turn their heads, we smile and we find it funny. So the latest theory indicates that dogs bow their heads when we speak to them because they know we are amused and expect a positive response.
A few caresses, some pampering or a “look how nice!” it is more than enough for them, to be happy and to see their simple gesture of bow gratified. Surprised @? Even today we still have a lot to learn from our dear furry companions.
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