Have you ever thought how great it would have been if your dog could talk to you and tell you clearly how he feels about the things around him? Well, all of us want our lovely pets to talk to us and show us their feelings. The sad part of the story is that dogs can not talk like we can do. But the better half of the story is that they can still communicate to us and tell us about their feelings by using their tails if not tongues. It is quite interesting to know that the major organ that has been used by dogs and other canines for communication is their tails. Dogs orient their tails in different positions to give indications about their feelings. You don’t have to look at the dog’s tail just like an ordinary organ but as a complete body as its position will clearly indicate what the dog actually wants. Dogs use their tails to convey their messages to us. We need to understand what the dog tail position indicates in order to know how he feels. Most of the people misunderstand the indications given by the dogs through their tails, for example, people think that a dog’s wagging tail indicates the happiness and friendliness of the dog which is completely wrong. Here we will discuss that how you should read the messages sent to you by your dog through his tail.
The Tensed Tail
You will mostly see a high and tensed body of the dog with a high and tensed tail. This stiff tail is usually held by the dog is a C curved position. You should not confuse all the curved tails with the stiff and tensed C curve. When the dogs are relaxed the tail is held in a soft C curve that you can easily see bouncing as the dog moves. But if the dog is tensed, the C curve becomes stiffer and the tip of the curves is in a forward position over the back of the dog. So whenever you see the dog with a stiffer and almost immoveable tail, you must be careful because it indicates that the animal is not in a relaxed mood. The more the tail is soft and movable, the more it is good for the one present around the dog. It’s really not safe to go near a dog with high, stiff and curved tail. Dogs that are either excited or tensed normally attack the one who goes near to touch them. So it’s always better to keep a distance from a tensed dog and to go near him only when you see that the tail is now soft and relaxed.
The Wagging Tail
Wagging tail is usually misinterpreted as the happy tail. Most of the people think that a dog that is wagging his tail is showing his pleasure and cheerfulness. The fact is that not all wags mean that the dog is happy. Some wags indicate fear and anger as well. Wagging has a great association with direction. When the dog feels positive and happy, he is likely to wag his tail towards the right. In case, he is unhappy, fearful or angry he will wag his tail in the leftward direction. Lot of research has been carried out to get to know about the relation between the dog’s behavior and the direction in which he wags his tail. Researchers have found out that whenever the left side of the dog’s brain is activated, a wag to towards the right is the result. When the right side of the brain is activated, the tail wags to the left. It is important to know that the left and right as discussed here is actually in the sense when the tail is viewed from the rear.
The High Tail
The high tail is the indication of power and security. With the tail up and high in the air the dog shows his dominance and power. This sign is usually given by the dog to other fellow animals as the message of “Don’t try to mess with me”. The dog with a high tail also releases a specific scent via his anal gland which too acts as an indication.
The Lowered Tail
The tail that is lowered down or may be tucked between the legs of the dog is actually the sign of relaxation and in some case it means sadness too. With a clamped tail the dog gives you the message that he is not having a good time at all. Lowered tails have also a lot to do with the fear as well. It indicates that the dog is feeling fearful and submissive. You will usually see the lowered tail when the dogs fight with each other and the losing one gives the indication of submission by showing the lowered tail sign.
The Horizontal Tail
Dogs that lay their tails straight to the ground in the horizontal position show that they neither feel dominant nor submissive. This tail position is actually the indication of curiosity. Dogs give this sign when they see something new and unfamiliar. This shows that the dog wants to know about what’s present around him. Horizontal tails give the indication about the dog’s wish of exploring the new item. You will see your dog having his tail oriented in this specific position when you enter home with a new item in hand or when an unfamiliar face meets your dog. The tail setting straight out in the horizontal direction is usually accompanied with the perking of ears. Whenever you see your dog in this specific position let him move around and explore the new item or introduce the new person to him.
With this information known, you need not to worry about judging your dog’s mood. So what if your dog can not speak to you as your best friend does, he can tell you all about his feelings with his tail. If you think that you are now able to know your dog’s feelings better then say thanks to the tail.