Thursday, July 26, 2012

Why Do Dogs Wag Their Tails?

According to an article on animal.discovery.com (Animal Planet's website), 
Dogs use their tails to communicate strong emotions such as agitation, annoyance and anger as well as happiness...The original purpose of the dog's tail was for balance. It prevents him from toppling over as he makes sharp turns while running or swimming. The tail also balances him when walking along narrow structures, climbing or leaping. Over time, the tail adapted itself to playing a vital role in communication, particularly when a dog is just walking or standing around.  
According to the same article this is how to "read" a dog's tail:
  • wags to the right = happy
  • high and wags back and forth = happy
  • horizontal to the ground = nosy
  • tucked between hind legs = frightened or submissive
  • wags to the left = frightened
  • wags low = worried or insecure

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