Scientists have found out listening reason why dogs tilt their heads at you
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Most people have noticed their dog tilting their head at them.
However, do you know the reason why they do it?
Well now you can, as scientists have discovered the reason why dogs cock their heads when they look at you.
Many people probably thought their pooch was confused when they tilted their head – however it's the complete opposite.
In a new study, researchers in Hungary analysed dozens of pet pooches at how they reacted to their owners when they tried to teach them names for different toys.
According to the research, which was carried out at Eotvos Lorand University in Budapest, they found a connection between the occurrence of the head movement and the vocal commands being given by the owners.
They also hypothesised that the breeds of dog that are better at learning new names tilt their heads more often – meaning it seemed to be a sign they were listening intently to the owner's voice.
And they appeared to be correct, with 'gifted learners' among the 40 dogs cocking their heads 43% of the time during the task.
Other breeds that weren't particularly gifted only tilted their heads 2% of the time.
This means that when a dog cocks its head, they're trying to listen carefully to what is being said.
However, scientists say more research to be done on the topic, as they say the movement of the head could also be linked to the dog visualising an image.
Why they tilt their heads in certain directions is also an area that needs more research, said the team.
Discussing the study, which was published in Animal Cognition, a researcher said: "Often owners observe dogs tilting their heads and we still do not have a full understanding of the function and circumstances in which this behaviour happens.
"This study is the first step in this direction showing how this behaviour could be related to the presence of meaningful and salient auditory stimuli for the dog."
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