The secret language of dog tail movements: what’s behind the wag?

For many of us, our dog is our best friend. But do we really understand them?

Dogs communicate with their body language, and the movement of their tail is key to this.

Let us help you decipher what it means when your dog wags his tail!

  1. Tail up: a sign of confidence

If your dog's tail is perpendicular to its body or slightly above it, it's a sign of confidence. He is the alpha dog who is in control. If, for example, another dog approaches your dog and your dog's tail is raised high, it is a sign that he feels secure and in control of the situation.

  1. Tail wagging: an expression of emotion

Wagging often indicates happiness, but not always. The speed and amplitude of the wagging can also express other emotions.

A fast, short wag indicates anxiety and excitement, while a slow, broad wag suggests that the dog is calm and balanced. A strong, rapid wag can be a sign of pleasure, but it can also indicate tension.

  1. Tail held down or in the middle: a sign of calmness or insecurity

If the dog lowers its tail or holds it in the middle, it is usually a sign of calm. The dog is calm and does not feel threatened.

If you go to a new place with your dog and his tail is down or in the middle, he is probably insecure and needs time to get around and get to know the new environment.

  1. Tail end slightly curled: playfulness

If your dog's tail is hanging loose but the end shows a little twist, it is very likely to indicate playfulness. This means your dog is happy and wants to play! This tail movement is common when the dog is playing with interactive toys such as a ball or Frisbee.

  1. Tail tucked between the legs: fear or submission

If your dog pulls his tail between his legs, it's usually a sign of fear or submission. This posture indicates that the dog is insecure, fearful, and in the process of submitting to someone or something.

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For example, when a larger or more aggressive dog approaches, the smaller or more submissive dog may assume this posture.

  1. Tail wagging with the body: great pleasure

Sometimes a dog is so happy that it not only wags its tail, but moves its whole body! If your dog wags his tail like this when you get home, it means he's very happy to see you again!

  1. Relaxed, low tail: relaxation and comfort

When your dog is relaxed and comfortable, his tail is often held low to rest. This is a basically neutral position and indicates that your dog is comfortable and relaxed.

Dog body language is truly fascinating and complex!

The better you understand your dog's tail movements, the better you will understand your dog's feelings and needs. This will help you to build an even closer relationship with your dog.

Stay tuned to get to know your four-legged friend better!