Facts About Why Dog Cocks Her Head

It is so adorable

Dogs cock their heads for several reasons. Most people talk to the dog in a manner where they will cock their heads. We think it is so adorable when they do it, we automatically praise them and reward them.

When we see a pet doing something cute, we have the habit of talking to the pet in a baby voice. Our pet learns this and then does it for attention. It is a learned behavior that is often followed by some type of positive reinforcement. It could be anything from a pat on the head to a special treat.

Sign of intelligence

Dogs are able to understand some of the human language and the words we use. The words they understand seem to be the ones we use frequently with them. Words like a treat, food or eat, out, walk, play, and bed.

Some people think they understand these words because of the tone or frequency of our voice. They also understand the tone of voice the owner is using around them.

Dogs are empathetic by nature, which means they care about their owner. Dogs tend to tilt their heads to show they are sensitive and in tune with sounds around them. It also shows they have an emotional connection to their owners.

Better to hear

The tilting of the head could signify the dog is attempting to make sense out of something they hear.

When they are listening, they are hearing frequencies we cannot hear ourselves. It could be a reaction to a statement which is causing them puzzlement or curiosity. Some think their dog feels as if what is being said will lead to something important to them.

Part of the time it is true it either leads to a treat or to a special activity they really enjoy. Dogs do understand the tones of voice humans use when talking to them. They are usually concentrating on the words being said and the tone of voice for the words.

Line of sight

They could be having trouble seeing the bottom half of your face and therefore are not sure what you are saying to them.

Part of the breeds of dogs have muzzles which makes it hard for them to see all of your faces. When this happens, they have to cock their head to the side so they can see the bottom part of your face. They tend to read your facial expressions when you talk to them.

They pick up on emotional cues that could be in your voice. These cues will let them know if you are in a good mood or not. It also shows them if you are upset or have been crying.

Medical concerns

If your dog is tilting its head frequently without any sign of a trigger sound being used around them then it could be medical.

If it is medical you will want to make sure you get your dog checked by the veterinarian as soon as possible. The medical concerns can be anything from a brain disease, inflammation, or cancer. It will take some tests to figure out exactly what is wrong with your dog.

There is thiamine deficiency which causes a loss of their appetite which means that they will lose weight.

It can also cause the gastrointestinal tract to become upset. It can cause neuromuscular weakness. Some antibiotics can be toxic to the animal. It can lead to vestibular toxicity also known as ototoxicity. It is usually caused by the overuse of aminoglycoside antibiotics and cisplatin.

Hypothyroidism

Hypothyroidism mainly occurs in dogs who are obese. It is a condition which can be characterized by inadequate amounts of the thyroid hormone. There are a few causes for it turning into hypothyroidism.

At this point in time, it could be the immune system starting to attack the thyroid. At times it could be the fact the thyroid is shrinking so it is not working properly. In a few rare instances, it might be a tumor of the thyroid.

There are symptoms you need to on the alert for though. If your dog starts losing its hair especially on its trunk, the back of the rear legs, or around the tail.

The coat becomes dull and thin, while the skin turns flaky. The heart rate can slow down. It might be due to the fact the dog has developed heart and blood vessel problems. They can have seizures and infertility.

Black patches can develop on the skin. The dog may gain weight even though it has lost its appetite. They may develop muscle loss, sluggishness, toenail, and ear infections, and get where they do not like the cold. Some of the neurological signs are tilting the head and leg weakness.

Medical-Head injury

When dogs get to play, they have the tendency to get rambunctious. When it happens, they can get to running really fast and not be able to stop quickly.

Instead of stopping they end up running into objects and hitting their heads. They then can end up with a head injury. The injury causes trauma which then causes their equilibrium to go off balance so they end up tilting their head.

Vestibular disease

The central parts are located in the brain and peripheral components situated in the inner and middle ear. Vestibular disease happens the most in older dogs.

Vestibular disease is when the vestibular apparatus nerves cannot determine how close to the ground the body is so they are trying to figure it out with their ears.

The signs your dog may have the vestibular disease are disorientation and irregular jerking eye movements. They will experience a loss of balance as well. It can be caused by several items.

Inflammation of the nerves can lead to a dog tilting its head and falling or rolling to one side. Inner ear infections can cause dizziness and unsteadiness.

There could have been some kind of trauma or injury to the ear which affected the inner ear. There could be a tumor on the inside of the ear affecting the ear canal.

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