Dog: Is tail wagging a sign of joy?

Depending on the breed of dog, this gesture of wagging the tail develops between 3 and 4 weeks. It is thus one of its main methods of communication. But your pet may also be wagging its tail for other reasons. We tell you more!

Owner of a dog? You know your pet is used to expressing their emotions through their body language. Also, in general, wagging the tail remains above all an expression of excitement.

Indeed, this can effectively translate the joy of going out for a walk, or even going to the table and receiving a new toy. Your dog may also wag its tail to show a sudden wave of happiness towards its owner. This after a long day away. Generally, the frenzied tail refers to a rush of positive emotions, but not only. On the other hand, there are other hypotheses to this attitude.

Dog: The position of the tail plays an important role

Dog: The position of the tail plays an important role

By wagging its tail, your dog expresses different emotions. But the position of the tail also remains essential. If he constantly moves it in alignment with the body with calm breathing and a normal position of the ears.. So it is a symbol of joy and well-being.

However, raised above the level of the body, the intensity of the swing is high enough, the emotion is no longer the same. All these tensions in his body can denote a form of nervousness. Like a feeling of anxiety, fear or insecurity. This can indeed happen when your dog encounters other dogs for the first time. In truth, it is a rather stressful situation for canines, especially when the encounter takes place in an enclosed space where they have no freedom of movement. Sometimes, it even happens that growls ensue and you have to restrain your dog.

What if it was fear?

What if it was fear?

Your dog may also wag his tail when he is very scared. Of a person, a particular situation or an object. By observing carefully, you will see that this behavior is accompanied by bodily gestures. In particular the ears well “glued” to the head, the squinted eyes and the licking of the chops is more intense.

Far from being a sign of submission, it is above all a signal of fear. So much so that in such a situation, he can no longer control himself and can even attack you.

A calm dog?  It bodes well...

A calm dog? It bodes well…

Stop misconceptions! We often have the impression that a dog that runs around, barks and jumps around is much happier. This compared to a calm and quiet dog. Indeed, hyperactivity can sometimes indicate strong emotions that are not necessarily good for your physical health. Or even for his long-term brain.

According to the specialist, a pet that leads a long and happy life mentally is one that has a calm temperament. Do you have a sweet and reserved pet? Do not worry ! Also, to make him really happy, tell yourself that your love and affection have a real impact on his happiness.

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