There are few things cuter than watching an adorable dog tilt its head back and forth as it listens to an odd sound or waits for a tasty treat. If you think about it, though, it's rather strange behavior. Dogs tilt their heads in all kinds of situations, and sometimes the reason may not even be obvious. Veterinarians and animal behaviorists aren't completely sure about the reasons behind it, but there are some common theories about why dogs tilt their heads.
One theory is that dogs tilt their heads to see things better. Most dogs do have pretty good eyesight, but their long muzzles block part of their field of vision. Some experts believe that they tilt their heads to get a more complete view of certain objects, particularly when they're looking down at something on the ground.
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