What Your Dog’s Tail Can Tell You
A dog’s tail can mean many things, and knowing this will allow us to try to understand our furry friends a little better. For that reason, 5-Minute Crafts has come up with an article to show you what your dog is trying to tell you.
Tip: Like people, dogs also differ in their communication. When approaching a new dog, take a look at its body language as well as how it communicates with its owner to see if it’s a friendly dog or not. Don’t solely rely on the dog’s tail position or its movement.
- If your dog’s tail is high and still, your dog is alert and trying to show its dominance.
- A tail that’s held high but also wagging means the dog is alert and happy. The dog is also excited, albeit cautiously, while showing its dominance.
- A tail that’s in between the legs means your dog is being submissive or fearful.
- If the tail is straight out, the dog is taking in new information and responding in a neutral way.
- If your dog’s tail is wagging fast, it means it’s excited. The faster the tail wag, the more excited they are.
- A slow wag means the dog’s insecure about someone or another dog.
- A free wag (sometimes accompanied by the dog’s wiggling of the hips as well) means the dog is being friendly.
- A very fast, vertical wag means your dog is a threat and will possibly be aggressive.
Note: A study has shown that if a dog is wagging its tail more to the right, it’s relaxed, as opposed to wagging its tail to the left, which means it feels stressed or anxious.