Know Your Dog According to His Tail Movements

Know Your Dog According to His Tail Movements

Our dog often communicates with us through the tail. We must learn to interpret the movements to try to know what he wants to tell us. Like us, they need to show their mood and express their emotions.

The tail is your most expressive part of the body, followed by the ears. Each of your movements means a different thing, either directed to us or to the dogs with whom you relate. These are totally instinctive movements, just as we make gestures or show our emotions with facial expression.

Know Your Dog According to His Tail Movements

Some of the most common tail movements that we can find in dogs are:

  • The authoritarian: with his tail raised, he is showing us his authority. In some way, he wants to impose and show who is in charge.
  • The tail between the legs: with this position expresses fear, the dog feels scared and afraid of being attacked.
  • The detective: with the tail extended horizontally, indicates that it is showing interest in something. He is investigating and exploring.
  • The relaxed: with the tail low, away from the hind legs, the dog feels calm and relaxed. It is very common when you get tired after a long and tiring day.
  • The circle: when it makes movements in the form of a circle, it indicates to us that it is motivated and that it wants to play. He is asking for your attention.
  • The pendulum: with the tail low with movements from one side to another, you may want to tell us two things: that you are anxious to see us, or that you are impatient. This movement is very common just before taking him out for a walk, when he sees our intentions, and also when he foresees that we are going to give him food.

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