"The dog tracked the bone with its head as the owner kept waving it at it."

Is tracked something with its head the best way to say this? I can't think of a simpler way to say this, but certainly there has to be, because I couldn't find any similar example on Google.

Another example would be:

The audience tracked the ball with their heads as the tennis players kept hitting the ball.

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    I don't follow the logic. Why does there have to be a simpler way to say this? How would you say this in your language?
    – James K
    May 24, 2021 at 20:47
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    Nobody uses their heads to track anything. People stare at a ball, a dog, or whatever, with their eyes. Because this is so common, you don't even need to mention their eyes. You can just say The audience followed every move of the ball as the players hit it back and forth. May 24, 2021 at 20:53
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    I was thinking that it's funnier to say that people are moving their heads while tracking something when you're writing a parody of a movie.
    – Sayaman
    May 24, 2021 at 20:58

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No, that doesn't sound idiomatic at all. We follow things with our eyes and only move our head to complement that.

You could say instead:

  • The dog followed the bone with his eyes...
  • The dog kept his eyes fixed on the bone...
  • The dog stayed focused on the bone...

Avoid "stared at", because that can mean a fixed gaze.

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