Why do dogs wag their tails? 6 known main reasons

Surely we wonder every day why dogs wag their tails, and probably the first thing that comes to mind is that they are happy, but the truth is that when it is paired with a growl or a bark it is a warning. this is one of the most known curiosities of dogs

The behavior of animals is one of the elements that differentiate human beings from the rest of the animals and can be something interesting, perhaps funny, sympathetic, and amusing.

In general, it is widely believed that dogs tend to use their tails to convey emotions such as discomfort, agitation, anger, and happiness. As we well know, dogs have not yet found a way to talk to their owners or other animals, so they have to use their bodies to communicate. Ears, eyes, muzzles, and different body postures are signals of how they feel. In addition, tail wagging is certainly the truest and most obvious way of what is happening to them.

So how do we tell if it is expressing something good or bad? Studies confirm that when we see our dog with tense muscles, dilated pupils, and ears back, we better watch out as it means they are in a bad mood.

A group of researchers discovered that dogs move their tails to the right when they have positive emotions (such as when they are happy because they see their owners) and to the left when they have anxiety or negative emotions (such as when they see a dog that is strange to them).

What are the reasons why dogs wag their tails?

1 – When they feed from the mother

The first time we can appreciate these tail movements is when the mother feeds her cubs. When he begins to drink the dog’s milk around his belly, the ponytails of the puppies begin to move intensely.

This is interpreted as a sign of the good taste for feeding on the young; but, and then, why the movement of the tail is not shown before, for example, at two weeks of age? Obviously, the milk had the same taste, it was just as important and the tails were just as developed.

The answer lies in the conflict between the cubs; When they are two weeks old, the puppies curl up together to warm up and feel more comfortable. However, when they are about six or seven weeks old, it is just that moment when the wagging of the tail is reaching its maximum manifestation when the cubs have entered the social stadium to fight and reunite.

2. When they are angry

If apart from moving his tail, the dog usually has dilated pupils, the muscles are stiff, they produce movements in his ears forward or backward and his face is observed with a certain muscular tension, it is best that you move away. The dog’s tail also serves to convey strong emotions and not only happiness, but also communicate when they are angry, agitated, or angry and actually learning to figure out a dog’s tail movement can be quite challenging.

3. To maintain your balance

In addition to transmitting certain emotions, the dog’s tail also serves to keep your balance, This happens when you make tight turns or while nothing and the tail simply prevent it from tipping over. Also, walking along narrow paths, or while jumping or climbing space, the tail also balances it.

4. To communicate with people and other animals

Dogs generally wag their tails for other dogs, people, and perhaps other animals (such as cats when accompanied). Certain investigations into this confirm that canines do not wag their tails when they are alone, as there is no need. Like human beings who use laughter and bodily expressions when they are in different social situations, our dear doggy friends also do the same.

5. To release aromas by the glands of the anus

There are various researchers who indicate that these movements help the dog to spread aromas released by the glands in the anus of the same. These aromas are for reproductive purposes since each canine has an odor that is unique to him or her and are a source of signaling as a form of belonging or that somehow “mark the territory”, just as they do with urine. A dominant dog or “alpha” dog with its tail raised will release more of its scent compared to a dog with its tail down.
These aromas also form as a kind of map, since it is accompanied by the complete and developed sense of smell of the dog, it serves to orient itself.

6. When they are mating

In addition to everything explained, dogs also communicate by wagging their tails when they intend to mating, and the attack of joy, differs from the others less since they exert some variation in the speed of the wiggle, or in the posture of their ears and muzzle.

What do the different movements of the tail mean in dogs?

  • When the dog meets its tail horizontal to the ground and hidden between its hind legs, it shows submission or fear. And when he keeps moving low he reveals that he is worried or that he does not feel confident about something.
  • When the movement is usually light and slow accompanied by raised ears, it means that the dog does not know if the object or the person is friendly or not, for this reason it wags its tail doubtfully and keeps watching to respond to any aggression. It should be noted that a sudden movement by the person or object will cause the dog to respond violently.
  • Any fast and short movement showing the teeth and with the posture of the ears backwards, means that the dog is prepared to attack and is already convinced that the person or object is not friendly at all.
  • Rigid, stopped tail with twitching hair is usually not a good sign, but it is also not a sign of attack or aggression. This form means that the dog will not attack, but will not leave the territory either. The most recommended for these cases is to slowly withdraw from the animal.

“Joicier than dog with two tails.”, says the saying, since science has found a tighter relationship between the mood of dogs and the movements of their tails.

We have come to the conclusion that our dogs may deep down be a little scared of us. But you have to put yourself in their place and understand them a little since our body is bigger than theirs, some dogs worry simply when we bend down and go to them if only to caress them. Furthermore, we should add to this that under normal conditions (obviously if we have properly educated our dog), we are completely dominant and they are aware that their life depends on us at all, here is fear or respect.

To finish, the movement of the tail of the dogs is something that is still a bit difficult to understand since it is usually always variable. At least you already know that the next time you see a dog wag its tail you should have as many things in mind.

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