Have you ever thought why dogs have the habit of enthusiastically wagging their tails? Your dog cannot voice out its gladness that you have come home safely but if you care to understand, the body movements of the dog would be a clear indication of its feelings in a given situation. Dogs really do have the propensity to wag their tails to show happiness. A tail that is excitedly wagged by the dog is an indication of its friendly personality. The bond that is formed between a kid and a dog is legendary. Not all dogs would be friendly when approached by a stranger but dogs commonly wag their tails when they see a kid.
To communicate with humans and with other animals, man’s best friends would use various body movements like pricking the ears and wagging the tail. Dogs may not be able to speak and may not have hands but they can certainly communicate with body movements. The tail though is considered to be the dog’s most prominent communicating tool. Dogs would recognize the presence of other dogs at a distance by waving the tail. This behavior is believed to be the dogs’ way of greeting each other.
The different ways dogs wag their tails indicates different emotional conditions. Only the tip of a tail that is raised high is wagged if the dog is tense and aggressive. This type of tail wagging should make people aware that the dog may attack. Some dogs are considered “yellow” pets not because of the yellow colored fur but because of its nervous personality. When confronted by other dogs or by humans the tails of these dogs would be held between the legs and wagged ever so slow.
Aside from being a form of communication, the to and fro movements of the tail is theorized by dog experts as an indication of submission. Dogs are pack animals that have descended from wolves. In a pack of dogs, it would be easy to see who is the leader of the pack and who are the dogs lower in rank simply by looking at the position of the tail and at the way the tail is wagged. Dogs lower in rank will wag the lowered tail slowly in the presence of the leader of the pack. On the other hand, the leader of the pack will hold the tail up proudly and wag it in a very dominant manner.
To be able to understand what the dog is trying to convey, it would be advisable to know the meaning of the various ways dogs wag their tails.
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