Why do dogs wag their tails?

Dogs have a language of their own. Since they can’t talk, they rely on their body, including their tails, to express themselves. Pups rely on movement to communicate how they are feeling.

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“Dogs laugh, but they laugh with their tails.” – Max Eastman

Yet, just because a pup’s tail is moving does not mean that dog is happy. There’s much more to a wagging tail than you may think. New scientific data has proven that the position and movement of a dog’s tail has various meanings. According to Psychology Today, some wags are associated with fear, insecurity, a social challenge, stern warning or (our favorite) happiness. Apparently, a wagging tail is worth a thousand words!

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It has also been discovered that the direction of the wag is very important. If you are facing your dog and his or her tail is wagging right, then that means your pup feels positive about a situation. When your dog feels negative, the tail wags left. This is because the left-brain is associated with serenity while the right is associated with feelings of fear.

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Brush up on your dog’s tail speak. Here are some common tail wagging translations:

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Why do dogs wag their tails?

March 3, 2016

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