The Tail is Wagging the Dog

Posted: February 16, 2010 in Uncategorized


We all know that happy dogs wag their tail; but is there more to it? 

There IS a difference between a relaxed, “half mast” wag and a stiff, pointing straight-up wag. The former is good and indicative of a friendly dog; while the latter is bad and indicative of a tense, possibly dominate and potentially aggressive dog. 

Latest scientific research seems to point that the tail-wag is even more intricate then we thought. 

The tail-wag to the left seems to signal to other dogs that “I’m friendly and safe to approach”, while a tail-wag leaning to the right seems to signal that “I’m tense and potentially unfriendly”. Here is the original article–wag-left.html

This is just another in a long line of evidence that dogs use sophisticated body-language to communicate with one another as well as with unsuspecting humans. Can you imagine what’s going though a dog’s mind after he bites a human? The dog is probably thinking “man, I clearly indicated to that silly human that I’m not comfortable with his approach, why did he have to try and touch me? Silly humans”. 


Posted via web from Dogan Dogs Video Blogs


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