|Posted on February 23, 2015 at 8:40 PM|
What does the dog's tail really mean?
Many people believe that a dog that is wagging it's tail must be friendly. This is a common misconception that unfortunately leads to a bite sometimes.
Tail positions have different meanings.
- High tail: A dog that is carrying a high tail can mean the dog is feeling confident, powerful, secure, or dominant. This high carriage also allows the dog's scent to be exposed.
- Horizontal to the ground: Not submissive or dominant. Might be more curious. A slow moving tail at this height may mean the dog is feeling insecure.
- Between the legs: Submissive or fearful. This also covers the dog's scent to go unnoticed.
- Relaxed: Tail in natural position for the breed.
- Happy: Usually in relaxed position but moves side to side, the faster it goes, the more excited the dog is. A happy dog's tail may even go in a circular pattern.
- Alert/Aroused: Tail higher than normal and stiff. The dog may be threatening and standing it's ground with a high, stiff tail that is moving rigidly. This usually gives the appearance of a vibrating tail and is an active threat.
- There is also evidence that a tail that is swinging more to the right is a happy dog and a tail that is swinging more to the left is an unhappy dog.
Categories: Pet Behavior