Why Do Dogs Wag Tails?

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Why Do Dogs Wag Tails?

A dog wagging its tail is a language it speaks. Different breeds of dogs have different tail sizes and shapes, but the tail movements express the same meaning. The wagging tail will reveal their thoughts and mood. But do you know why dogs always wag their tails? Read this article to find out what the different dog tail signs mean.


Why do dogs wag their tails?

Dogs are born with wagging tail for the purpose of keeping their balance. They use tail wagging to prevent falls when running; or to change direction and turn around when swimming. It's a lot of fun! Not only does a dog's tail wagging help them walk more smoothly and learn to run faster, but it also allows them to communicate with their siblings and is better for socialization.


What do different tail wagging methods mean?

  • Firstly, the dog's tail wags slightly from side to side. This is when the dog sees something he likes or is interested in. For example, when a dog sees a favorite toy and feels happy, it wags its tail like this.




  • Secondly, the dog's tail is wagging particularly sharply from side to side. This is a sign that a dog is particularly happy and usually occurs when its owner returns from work. They will be very happy to run to you, vigorously wagging tails, as if to say: "I miss you, I am so happy to see you." At times like this, squat down and touch its head, and praise it to express your love.


  • Thirdly, the dog's tail is hanging down between its legs, probably because it is afraid. It is expressing that I am afraid. If you are reprimanding it at this time and see that the dog is pinching its tail, stop reprimanding it because the dog has realized the mistake. If you see something you are afraid of and pinch your tail, it is best to take the dog and leave the place.


  • Fourth, the dog's tail is upright. This is generally a signal of demonstration. It is also clear what it wants to express, which is to occupy the territory. This usually occurs when two dogs meet and demonstrate to each other. Do not touch the dog at this time, as it is in a state of agitation. Your sudden touch may make the dog's emotions suddenly explode, thus causing a fight. The correct way is to call its name and lead the dog away to avoid a fight.


  • Fifth, the dog's tail is flat and taut. When the dog feels threatened, it will tense up its whole body, indicating that it is very nervous and the surrounding environment makes it feel uneasy. At this time, leading the dog away is also the best way.


Now you know why a dog wags its tail! It's important to remember that tail wagging doesn't always indicate a happy dog. You should try to understand the dog's true feelings in other ways.