Does a dog’s wagging tail really mean it’s happy? The wagging tail doesn’t show happiness only. Your dog uses variations of the “tail wag” for different things. Like the human, dogs also learn their languages.
As a newborn baby doesn’t understand words but when he grows he started to understand everything, in the same way when a pup grows, he needs to communicate with his mother and siblings. He wags his tails to tell his littermates what he wants to say.
Moving Tails of Dogs are Great Visual Cue
The professor of the University of British Columbia, Dr Stanley Coren wrote in Psychology Today that the moving tails of dogs are a great visual cue to other animals. Tail's wagging works same as a human smile, polite greeting etc.
Recently, scientists have discovered that dogs use tail wagging as the tool of communication. There are different ways for different messages, and we have to tune in to understand what the signals are.
Wagging Tails Means a Happy Dog is Myth
It is the myth that wagging tail always means a happy dog. The face is that sometimes trials wagging may reflect pleasure but, sometimes it also expresses fear, hostility, submission and other emotions. There are mainly three major components to a tail wag, height, direction and speed.
It is said that the higher the tail wag, the more aroused the dog is, and he is alert, while the tail's wagging energetically from side to side. If a dog is wagging neutral tails that means he is happy and relaxed and when he wages his tail close to the ground and between the legs that maybe he is feeling insecure or scared about any situation.
Observe and Discovers How Your Pooch is Feeling
So, in this way, it is clear that dog’s wagging tail doesn’t often show happiness. While the rear is one of the most moving parts of your pet’s body, but this is not the only one, there are some other features you can check to know how they are feeling.
Ears, eyes and other body languages will let you understand how your dog is feeling. So observe them and discovers what body language is ordinary for them and what is different. Never take for granted that the dog's wagging tail means a happy dog, and observe the smaller movements to get what they are feeling.