8 Puppy Tail Wags and What They Mean For YouDanielle Sullivan
Dogs are expressive, and that’s partly why they make such wonderful companions. From the way they bark, growl or hold their heads, you can pretty much judge how they are feeling or even sometimes, what mood they are in. But sometimes we can learn even more just from the state of their tails.
A dog’s tail is an appendage of the vertebral column, and they typically contain between six and 23 mobile vertebrae. How they move and hold their tails can say a lot.
Here are some common puppy emotions (complete with tail wags) and what they mean for their owners:
Happy: waving back and forth, or curled up high
Ashamed: tail is down as far as it can go without curling
Scared: tail curls between their legs
In Love: waves back so excitedly, you can barely get a full glimpse because it goes that fast. I witnessed this last week with my own pup who fell head over heels for Henry, the Golden Retriever on our corner.
Relaxed: Just laying out, not placed on any side purposely,otherwise known as go with the flow tail
Alert: Straight up
Interested: Horizontal to the ground.
Beware of the tail wag that is a little too excited because many dogs have been known to bite while wagging their tails. It’s best to pay attention to the complete body language and not just the tail. If their ears are back and teeth are showing, they are probably exhibiting aggressive behavior.
Can you tell how your dog feels by their tail wag?
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