The Head Tilt: Vancouver, BC

category: Dogs • 1 min read

When dogs hear strange sounds, they often tilt their heads. Why? There quite a few hypothesis (meaning the we don’t really know, we just guessing), but they do look cute:

  • To hear better and find out where does the noise comes from.
  • To judge the distance of the sound more precisely.
  • To understand what we are saying (but I’m not saying anything while I was making this photo).
  • To tell us that they are listening.
  • To see better because of their nose getting in the way (but the flat faced dogs like the Pugs or the French Bulldogs also tilt their heads).
  • Trained behavior because of us being happy when they tilt their heads.

dog doing the head tilt

The head tilt: Vancouver, BC


Camera: Canon 7DMk2 ISO 1000 and 1/250s
Lens: Canon 70-200 f/4L IS @187mm and f/6.3 Focus: 4m
Processed with Darktable 2.0.2: