More Than Just A Friendly Gesture – A Closer Look Into The Dog Tail Wagging Behavior

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Learning More About The Dog Tail Wagging Behavior
There’s this very big misconception with dog owners to what dog tail wagging means. Most of the time, a lot of dog owners see this as their dog acting friendly to another dog or another person. Well, it is not really entirely wrong but it’s not entirely correct either.

Dogs wag their tails as a means to communicate with other dogs or animals. Although a tail wag could mean being friendly, it could also mean that your dog is ready to strike at any minute. Some dog owners get somewhat of a mixed signal when it comes to this particular dog behavior which could cause a lot of problems.

A tail wag could mean different kinds of emotions such as fear, annoyance, aggression, insecurity and happiness. For this reason, it is important to not only look at the tail but to read your dog’s entire body language. The position of your dog’s tail while wagging also plays a very important role in understanding what your dog is actually feeling.

For example, if the dog’s tail is wagging fast while being held high then that could mean that the dog is feeling dominant or is about to fight another dog. This could also mean that your furry pal sees another animal or person as a threat. A slight tail wag is usually your dog saying hello and a horizontal slow tail wag means that the dog is being submissive.

Another thing that you should note is most of the time, if the dog is wagging their tail mostly to the left then this could be a sign that you should avoid that dog. While a tail wag mostly to the right means that the dog is feeling friendly and that you can approach them.

A dog’s tail is a very important part of their bodies. This is why we don’t really suggest that you dock their tails. We also want to warn you to be careful when approaching a dog with a docked tail since you may have some trouble reading into their body language.

You may also be interested to know that puppies that are just born aren’t able to wag their tail until after a few weeks or a month. As they grow up they will learn how to properly communicate with each other as well as their mom. This is why, although humans may tend to misunderstand tail wagging, dogs can definitely read each other’s body language better.

That said, puppies that may have been taken from their mother early may not have been taught proper protocols which could cause conflict with other dogs. For this reason, it is important that you properly socialize your canine buddy and that you only bring home a puppy 8 – 10 weeks after it’s born.

Basically, a dog’s tail wag can show you how your dog is feeling and you should never take it for granted. Remember to read through the entirety of the dog’s body language to avoid any accidents or fights in your household.

If you have any children at home, it is important that you teach them to respect your dog and to be aware of your pet’s tail. This can help prevent any accidents and can also ensure that your children understand when and when not to approach your canine buddy.

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  • Matt Stephenson

    This post was extremely interesting, particularly because I was looking for thoughts on this topic dog body language .
    Thanks for sharing

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