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All dog loves to interact with us through the body movements, & sometimes we can easily say what’s going on with them. Dog’s body movements indicate whether they are insecure or aggressive. Most dogs have a habit of moving their tails to show their affection toward the owner.
Why do dogs wag their tail?
Dogs wag their tail to communicate since dogs can’t communicate with human verbally, their tail movements is a part of body language. Their tail wagging has different meaning depending on the situation which mostly indicates a whether a dog is happy or sad.
What does it mean when a dog wags its tail?
Scientific Research has been always showing us new information which tells us a lot about the meaning of body movements of dogs. Also, there is some misconception about a dog’s body language, like, many people believe that if a dog is pleasant then he will wag the tail. However, this believes is not completely true, because dogs from different breeds have different tail positions. For example, if you have a pug then you might have noticed that he has tails that curl upward, on the other end, if you have greyhounds then you might have seen that their tails remain slightly in between the legs.
However, if you are a dog owner, sometimes you may read these indications in a wrong way which may cause the dog to do things that you do not like at all. So it’s important to know what their body movements mean. If your dog is calm & relaxed then the tail is most likely going to remain in its natural position. Also if your dog is very excited then he might hold the tail above. Another thing you should know is that if your dog becomes aggressive then he may hold his tail upright straight.
Why do dogs move tails side to side?
Now many dog lovers want to know why their dogs wag their tails side to side. Well, the answer depends on the speed of the tail movements, however, it is believed that dogs do that when they feel happy.
Dog tail wagging meaning
When a dog sees his owner he becomes very excited which makes them to move the tail very strongly to the right. Also, it is noticed & confirmed by many vets, that if a dog moves his tail on the left then it’s because the dog has seen something that made him insecure or aggressive.
Also, many dogs wag their tails just to spread the natural scent. Now, this might seem to be weird but it’s true that dogs have their own unique scent. Large dog breeds are most likely to keep the tail high so that they can spread their scent.
Dog tail wagging in circles
Many people often wonder why dogs wag their tail in the circle. The answer is, this is the nature of overly attached dogs. When dogs consider their owner or another person as a very special person on the planet, they become too much excited & they want that special attention from their owner, & that’s the time when dogs wag their tail in a full circle. This wag position is also known as “propeller wag.”
Also when the dog becomes very happy about something (new toy) they often wag their tail in a circular motion, many people call it a “helicopter wag”
It’s believed by, many dog experts that wagging the tail quickly means those dogs are friendly & if the dog somehow wags slowly then he might not be very friendly compared to the other ones.
Emily Anna is a dog lover who is studying Veterinary Nursing and Bioveterinary Science at University of Bristol. She is a regular author of this blog & also a former author of Lucky Pet Dogs and One Dog Day Care.