Do You Really Know What Your Dog Is Revealing When He Wags His Tail?

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It’s traditionally believed that when a dog wags their tail, it means they are happy and welcoming.  But this is not always the case.

While dogs do communicate with their tails, a wagging tail doesn’t always mean, “Come pet me!”

It can be similar to a human waving or smiling a greeting, but with dogs, tail wagging is not always a positive gesture.


When a dog’s tail is wagging, it could be saying many different things, depending on how it’s wagging.  Truth is, a dog’s tail is probably one of the most expressive parts of his body, second only to his ears.

The position and actual motion of their tails tells a much broader story.  It’s the position of his tail that reveals what he is feeling.

When a dog is relaxed, his tail will be in its “natural” position.  This is different between breeds, but most dogs hang down hear their heels.

If a dog is nervous or submissive, his tail will be lower, and if he’s scared, he’ll tuck it under his body.

When his tail is wagging, it doesn’t necessarily mean that he is friendly.  Instead, a wagging tail indicates that a dog is engaged in his environment, ant not necessarily how he will react to whatever is going on.

Even how they wave their tail can tell a lot about what’s going on.  For example, dogs swing their tails to the right when they are happy or excited; and when they swing their tails to the left, it could indicate that not all is well.

And then, tail wagging can mean something entirely different.  Dogs tend to mark their territory with scent.  Wagging their tail helps spread out the scent.

No matter what position the tail is in, though, a slow moving tail implies a peaceful and curious dog, and that’s the dog you can safely approach and get to know better.

What ways does your dog wag their tail?  Can you tell their mood? Tell us about it in the comments!

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