Every pet owner sometimes wishes he could talk to his pet. I have often imagined what my cat might tell me in certain situations, but I soon realized that the most affectionate words I could get would probably be: ”Well, I guess you’re not the worst human I could have”, so I’m not thinking about that anymore. Anyway, it is a bit different with dogs and talking with them might not be such a depressing idea, but until they learn to speak, their tail can tell you a lot about dog’s current emotions. That can be very useful and can help you communicate with your dog and you will have a much more satisfied and happier pup.
Be quiet you silly human, don’t you see I’m observing something
When your dog’s tail is not stiff and yet it stands almost completely horizontal while pointing away from his body, it means that he is focused on his environment. That’s probably the pose I would strike, if I had a tail, while trying to remember which way to go to the nearest candy shop.
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And then I stiffened my tail and he just ran away!
If your dog is keeping his tail pointed away from his body and straight out horizontally in a very stiff manner, that means that he feels challenged. It is a part of a process they go through when they meet somebody for the first time or when they spot an intruder. That’s the way my tail would look like if somebody tried to steal my candy.
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I’m the boss here and you know it!
A sign of a dominant and confident dog is his upward held tail. When dog’s tail is in this position, somewhere between vertical and horizontal, he is feeling in control and is probably trying to assert his dominance. My tail would look like that if someone told me they could eat more candy than me.
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I’m just chilling, don’t worry
When your dog carries his tail lower than the horizontal position, but not all the way down and still has some space between his tail and his legs that means he is quite relaxed and content. It means he is pleased with everything. That’s the way I would hold my tail while I eat my candy.
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Hug me, I’m feeling a bit blue right now
If your dog holds his tail in a downward position and closer to his legs that means he is feeling insecure about something, usually when they are in an unknown situation. It might also mean that means that he is not feeling good or might even be a bit depressed. My tail would look like that after I eat all of my candy.
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What is that? Is that thunder? I’m scared!
Your dog is most certainly afraid if his tail is tucked between his legs. This tail position often sends signals to other dogs or you that your dog is accepting his submissive role and doesn’t plan to challenge that. That is how my tail would look like if I decided to go on a diet, but then realized I didn’t remove all of my candy from the house.
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Come if you dare, I’m ready for you!
The bristling hair on your dog’s tail or back is a sure sign of aggression and its tail position can tell you about the intensity of his hostility. It can be positioned straight out from the body, or over its back which is more serious. Dogs that are showing this type of behavior will be hard to separate since they won’t back down. That’s how my tail would be positioned if somebody told me I had to stop eating candy.
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Yeah, dogs just want to have fun
A broad tail wag means that your dog really likes his company. This display can be often spotted when dogs play with each other. It might seem like they are fighting with all the biting, barking and growling, but the wagging tail tells us another story. It says it’s all just good, old-fashioned fun. I would wag my tail like that if someone wanted to share their candy with me.
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Where did the ball go? I am confused!
When you see your dog’s tail wagging slowly and not in a broad fashion that probably means that he is dealing with some confusing problem. You will notice a dramatic change in size and speed of dog’s wagging when the problem he had gets finally resolved. That is how my tail would look like if I forgot where I put my candy.
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What? Why would I stop?
I am sure if your dog knew that you read this post to try and understand him better, he would be pleased and happy and he would give you a treat, so I will do it for him. Not a real treat, of course, my candy is not for sharing, but here is a funny gif of a dog beating another dog with its tail.
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