I’m a dog expert – here are signs your dog is smart and paying attention to you

PET experts have uncovered the telltale signs that your dog is smart and paying attention to you.

Researchers from the Institute Committee at Eötvös Loránd University believe there is a link between a puppy’s head movement and its ability to understand.

Dogs tilt their heads when listening to their owners, according to a new study

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Dogs tilt their heads when listening to their owners, according to a new studyPhoto credit: Getty

According to lead author Andrea Sommese, tilting a dog’s head indicates increased attention to what its owner is saying.

During one study, Mr. Sommese and a team of five others analyzed the movements of 40 dogs during object-identification tests when the dogs were given instructions to fetch a toy.

The team enrolled six “gifted word learners” (GWL) in the study group to see if they exhibited “more pronounced head tilts” when responding to their owner’s commands.

According to Sommese, the study found that when the GWL dogs heard owners’ requests for a familiar toy, they tilted their heads significantly more than typical dogs.

Noting that all the dogs had been trained for the tests for three months, he said: “We suspect the difference in the dogs’ behavior might be related to hearing meaningful words (for the GWL dogs) and a sign could be for increased attention.

“Possibly, head tilts could also be related to a cross-modal match in dogs’ memory (e.g., name with a visual image) when the toy’s name is heard.”

The expert believes the head tilt movement can help owners recognize their dog’s level of intuition.

He believes it can be used in training as it shows your dog can understand directions and retain information.

Mr. Sommese added: “Our results show that only dogs that had learned the names of objects frequently tilted their heads.

“In addition, the body roll was stable over several months and tests. So we suggest a link between head tilt and the processing of relevant, meaningful stimuli.”

In other animal news, a canine expert shared his top tips for owners trying to keep their pets cool during the heatwave.

It also uncovered the telltale signs to look out for when it comes to understanding how your pet is feeling.

https://www.the-sun.com/lifestyle/5790540/dog-expert-signs-dog-smart-pays-attention/ I’m a dog expert – here are signs your dog is smart and paying attention to you

Jessica MacLeish

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