You may think that a dog wagging its tail is friendly and wants to be pet, but that isn’t always the case. Tail wagging is one of the many ways that dogs communicate, and dog owners should be aware of the different meanings this gesture can have.
So why do dogs wag their tails?
Psychologist Dr. Stanley Coren of the University of British Columbia says that because dogs’ eyes are particularly sensitive, a moving tail serves as an important visual cue to other dogs (as well as humans) that gives clues about how the dog is feeling. Dogs wagging their tails to the right tend to be happy or confident, while tail wagging to the left can mean a dog is nervous. Slow wagging can be a sign of nervousness, whereas energetic wagging can signify that your dog feels playful.
Dogs also wag their tails to spread their natural scent from their anal glands. A dominant dog will wag his tail high to spread more of his scent. On the other hand, if your dog is feeling submissive or frightened, he’ll wag his tail with it tucked underneath his body to avoid spreading the scent.
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