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Why Do Most Dogs Tilt Their Heads When We Talk to Them?

There is more to head tilting than just charming humans.


Does your dog tilt its head slightly to the side when you speak to it? Most of us would agree that this adorable behaviour is their way of taking advantage of our emotions. After all, whose heart wouldn’t melt at the sight of a dog doing the cute trick?

However, there is more to head tilting than just charming humans. According to Mental Floss, dogs do the head-tilt as their way of empathizing.

You read that right, just like humans, dogs have the ability to empathize.


Experts revealed that pooches are capable of reading as well as responding to human vocal cues, facial expressions and body language. For instance, when you’re praising your dog, they listen to specific words and intonation to get your message. Our four-legged friends tend to cock their heads as you speak to pick up your tone and listen for particular words.

Some experts suggested that head titling has something to do with how the canine ear is constructed. Although dogs can pick up frequencies humans are not capable of hearing, their ability to identify where a sound is coming from is not as accurate as that of humans.

A simple head tilt may enable a dog to adjust its outer ears in order to better locate the source of the sound.


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Meanwhile, Stanley Coren of Psychology Today theorized that dogs tend to behave in this manner because of their poor vision. The dog’s muzzle makes it difficult to read facial expressions, specifically the lower half of the face. By tilting their heads, dogs get to see key clues as to how humans feel when they’re talking.

It is likely that one reason why dogs may tilt their heads when we talk to them is because they want to see our faces better, and to compensate for the way in which their muzzles obscure part of their vision,” he wrote on Psychology Today.

Interestingly, dogs who tend to tilt their heads more often are especially empathetic. Several reports claimed that dogs who are more socially uneasy don’t usually tilt their heads when spoken to.

But it must be noted that pooches with pointy ears or a flatter snout don’t usually show this kind of behavior.

Experts encourage dog owners to respond to head tilting with positive reinforcement.


Epic Battle for Survival Between a Shark and an Octopus

In a battle between two powerful, sea creatures, who do you think would win?

Sharks are fierce, strong, and scary. The minute it bites its prey with its sharp teeth, you’ll know that there’s no escape and that you’ve seen the last of its victim. Sharks are at the top of the food chain, and no one doubts that.

Dogfish sharks are not considered dangerous; however, they do have sharp teeth that can seriously injure its prey. Also, the spines on their dorsal fins are slightly poisonous. Dogfish sharks otherwise called skittle dog, spotted dogfish, cod shark, white-spotted dogfish, thorndog, or piked dogfish, predominantly feed on fish, although they eat squid and octopus too.

In a huge aquarium where dogfish sharks and other sea creatures such as this giant, pacific octopus dwell, you’ll probably think that the sharks have plenty to prey on. However, the staff wondered why shark carcasses keep turning up, so they decided to set up cameras to solve the conundrum.

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Sea Lion’s Adorable Reaction When Little Girl Accidentally Tumbles

This little girl seems to have formed an instant friendship with this sea lion.

If your children can’t get enough of their stuffed animals, taking them to a zoo can be a fantastic idea. Many parents in fact consider trips to the zoo as an effective educational tool and bonding activity. Besides, it’s always a joy to witness the wonder and amazement in the eyes of the little ones as they see their favorite animals for the first time.

And then adorable stuff like this sometimes happens.

This little girl seems to have formed an instant friendship with this sea lion.

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Adorable Dog Rescues Her Stuffed Toy From Washing Machine

Well, they’re called ‘retrievers’ for a reason.


It's not only little kids who have stuffed buddies - our four-legged furry friends also have them too.

This cute golden retriever has a stuffed teddy bear which she carries everywhere she goes. She snuggles with it during sleeping time and plays with it especially when her humans are not around. Which is why she was deeply saddened to discover her stuffed friend missing one day. Little did she know that her humans gave her toy a bath - in the washing machine.

Upon realizing the reason for her toy's disappearance, the adorable golden retriever went out for a search-and-rescue operation which culminated with her finding the precious toy in the wash tub. Luckily, her humans filmed her in the act of snatching her toy away from the sudsy chamber.

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