Why do dogs tilt their heads?

In the iconic painting “His Master’s Voice (opens in new tab),” a terrier bobs his head as he listens to his owner’s voice coming from a gramophone. This gesture is one many dog ​​owners will be familiar with, but why do dogs bob their heads?

In a 2021 study in the journal Animal knowledge (opens in new tab), researchers in Hungary conducted the first scientific study of head tilt in possums. They found that dogs can tilt their heads when they remember details that they find meaningful.

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