It happens all the time. You leave the house and your dog is sad and acting like you are never going to return again. Then when you do get back, your dog goes crazy and their tail is wagging all over the place.
We all love the experience — but why do dogs wag their tails anyway?
When a dog wags their tail, they are actually using their tail as a way to communicate.
The concept of wagging tails is nothing new and it actually goes back to when dogs were living in packs while in the wild. In addition to tail wagging, dogs would also use howling and barking or different body positions as a way to communicate with other dogs in their pack.
Just think about the different ways you see your dog using their tail to show emotion.
- Wagging when they are happy
- Up in the air when they are on alert
- Between their legs when they are scared
The most common thought is that a wagging tail is a sign of a happy dog, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that they are friendly or safe. This is a simple reminder not to pet any random dog that you may come across, even if they are wagging their tail.
The tail is the first thing people look at when judging a dog, but also don’t forget to look at the body, position of their head, how their eyes look and what position their ears are in. All of these characteristics are important for detecting the different emotions in dogs.