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You've most likely wondered at some point in your life as to why dogs tilt their heads to one side when you talk. And no, the reason is not because they're feeling extra cute.
A post shared by 🐼 Boston Terrier Puppy (@moosethebabybosty) on May 21, 2015 at 12:05pm PDT
The real reason is actually so much more adorable than this. According to Mental Floss:
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Mental Floss goes on to explain, "when you're lecturing your pooch for taking food off the counter, they're taking it all in even if the literal message gets lost in translation."
Same goes for your words of praise for your dog.
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A post shared by Rose-Hip Vital Canine (@rosehipvitalcanine) on Jul 23, 2015 at 2:36pm PDT
There you have it, folks. Dogs respond to your verbal cues, so make sure to choose your words carefully with your pup. Although they may not understand the words, they can sense the inflection in the words you're saying, just as humans do.
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