Dog’s Tail Wag – What Does It Mean?
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A dog’s tail wag tells us a lot about what they are feeling. We just need to know how to interpret what they are telling us. Remember, just because a dog is wagging his tail it doesn’t mean he is happy.
What Does The Position Of A Dog’s Tail Mean?
The way a dog is holding their tail tells us a lot about what they are currently feeling. If the tail is held:
lowered – he is showing submission
between the legs – he is scared
straight out – assessing the situation and hasn’t made up his mind about the situation yet
slightly raised and wagging – he is happy
high and wagging – alert but happy and also displaying some dominance
straight up and still – he is alert and exhibiting his desire to dominate. The higher the tail is held the greater the threat.
What Does The Speed Of A Dog’s Tail Wag Mean?
The speed of a dog’s tail adds further meaning to how he is feeling.
Very fast but vertical – a sign of dominance and aggression
slight wagging – this usually indicated that the dog is unsure about the new dog or person he has just met
fast and free, often accompanied by bum wiggling – this is a sign that he wants to be friends
so fast that it’s a blur – a very excited dog
What Does The Direction Of A Dog’s Tail Wag Mean?
The direction of the dog’s tail wag can also tell a story which researchers found affected other dogs observing the tail wag.
wag to the right – he is confident and happy
wag to the left – insecure or frightened
Always remember, before approaching a dog that you don’t know, that it is important to ask the owner if it’s ok to approach him.
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