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Dog Friendly Tips: What does a dog's tail tell you?

Dislocations occur in the tails and the toes of dogs of all breeds. Puppies born with tails that bend backward actually have dislocated vertebrae (an uncorrectable condition). Bending the tail to straighten it should not be attempted as it usually results in breaking or damaging it so severely that the end below the break dies and must be removed.

The dog’s tail speaks a lot of mood and overall personality of the dog. Dog owners or dog specialists can soon interpret the mood of a dog by recognizing the physical appearance including the tail. The following are some information on the various signs indicated by the different movement of tails.

Dog Tail Signs

A tail which is hanging horizontally but not stiff indicates that the dog is in attentive mood and is trying to interpret an object which appears interesting.

If the tail of the dog is hanging horizontally but stiff the dog is confronting an individual or any another animal who is stranger to him or happens to be his enemy.

An upright tail of a dog would suggest that the dog is holding his authority and is in the mood to dominate anyone he would encounter.

The gesture of an upright tail which is turned towards the back of the dog exudes immense self control and trust on the part of himself and his loved ones.

If the tail of the dog seems to be in the downward direction almost close to the hind legs and the edges are stiff with slight movement this indicates that the dog is not feeling well.

A tail which is placed further downwards reveals the sign of insecurity.

The tail which is hidden in between the legs shows that the dog is either in fear or in a submissive mood.

If you find that the dog has raised its tail and wagging it in a rhythmic note, it would mean that the dog is on guard and highly alert to protect its territory or his master’s house.

A light wagging of tail would indicate that the dog is in a welcoming mood and is getting a pat or a loving gesture from its owner.

Rapid and circular wagging would indicate that the dog is in showing his love for his beloved. This type of gesture of wagging the tail is also seen in dogs that are in a mock fight.

If a dog is wagging its tail very slowly it would mean that the dog is actually trying to comprehend you. It is willing to understand your gestures and you will find once it is able to know and trust you the tail would start moving faster.

A pleased dog would wag its tail short but in a faster note than usual.

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