Why Do Guilty Dogs Hang Heads In Shame?

Dogs hang heads in shame as a sign of being submissive

Have you ever noticed how guilty dogs hang heads in shame, which make them look as if they’re giving you an “apology bow?” This tends to happen when they’ve been naughty and they’ve done something wrong and got caught. A dog expert has revealed the real reason for this canine behavior.

According to canine expert Nathan Lents, as reported by Mirror, dogs hang heads in shame because they don’t like to be isolated and so he wants to look submissive. As expected, this behavior is inherited from wolves since it pains them to be separated from the pack. By giving that bow, guilty dogs are trying to tell you that you are to be respected and that they have committed mistakes.

guilty dogs still look adorable

You’ll most likely notice this behavior when you catch your dog chewing your favorite shoes or even eat something he shouldn’t in the first place. While it seems like a trivial gesture, Lents, a molecular biology professor at John Jay College in New York, said the hang heads in shame behavior is more complex than you think.

“Dogs have inherited this behaviour and they will use it after any kind of infraction that results in being punished. As social animals, they crave harmonious integration in the group and neglect or isolation is painful for them”

This hanging heads in shame gesture is first displayed by young wolves, especially during rough play when the little one bites too hard. Lents described this behavior in his book Not So Different: Finding Human Nature in Animals.

Guilty dogs hang heads in shame making it look like they're bowing to apologize

“The head hangs low, panting or smiling stops, eye contact is avoided, and they literally put their tail between their legs.”

So the next time you submit your dog to shaming, be guilty because that was him saying sorry to you and yet you publicly shamed him…  😀

Meanwhile, because guilty dogs that hang heads in shame are adorable, here’s a video to brighten your day.

[Featured Image by Winsker/Pixabay]

What do you think?