Why Dogs Wag Their Tails

A wagging tail is a form of communication with dogs. Dogs wrap their tails to tell us how they feel, just like other kinds of body language do. But do you really know why dogs wag their tails?

Why Dogs Wag Their Tails

Dogs twist their tail for human and other animals’ communication. Often what the dog tries to tell you when he wanders his tail, seems rather obvious. Most people look at a dog with a tail and suppose that it’s happy. Although this is usually true, sometimes a dog rolls its tail before it gets aggressive. It is important to be careful how the dog holds its tail when it wrests. When the tail stands and a dog holds his body as he wanders, he can provide you with an indication of what he tries to communicate. Other signs in the language of the dog should also be taken into consideration.

Happy Wagging

Is the tail of the dog relaxed and move forward? Does your body move with the waves? If a dog waves his tail and the body looks relaxed or moves along with the wagging, then you probably have a happy dog. Happy, relaxed tail wagging usually comes with a happy expression of the face. A happy dog usually has a luminous eye, an open mouth relaxed and a soft pant. Fast tail wagging usually means that the dog is excited with other happy signals.

Alternative Reasons

Does your dog’s tail move high and upward while your dog’s body remains rather straight and rigid? If the dog keeps its body upright and rigid, it may tell you that something is going around it is territorial or uncomfortable. The tail may be low and wobbly, usually because the dog is reluctant. Or the dog’s tail can be held tightly but fast and move back and forth. The inconvenience can be a precedent to attack. This is sometimes one reason why a dog wrestled his tail before he bit someone. So if you find a dog that doesn’t know who is waving his tail, check out what you’re told by the rest of its body language in advance. It’s better to be safe than to get bitten by dog.

Left and Right Tail Wagging

Does it matter which direction a dog’s tail wags? One study shows it might matter when it comes to dog-to-dog communication. 1 Researchers found that dogs had different emotional responses depending on whether another dog’s tail was wagging to the left or right. Dogs observing another dog wag to the right seemed to become relaxed. Dogs watching another dog with a left tail wag exhibited signs of nervousness, stress, or anxiety. This study shines some light on the way dogs interact with one another.


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