In spite of what you think to know about your own pooch, the movement of its tail could be related to any number of things. Anything from being alert to experiencing anxiety, there’s an emotional range being expressed.
It has even been shown that tail movements could be tied to the personality of the dog. This is still needing to be confirmed further. What mood your canine is in would have a lot to do closely looking not just at the movement of, but also tail position.
A highly erect tail is totally opposite to having it completely in between its legs. Surprisingly, it was just a few years ago that tail position meaning was scientifically confirmed. Tucking it between the legs signals anxiety, fear &/or being submissive.
That’s intended to show a body size reduction when your dog’s faced with what it considers to be a threat. This would include new situations, such as with people & dogs. The opposite tail position would be considered to be a show of confidence.
It would also signal an intention to get closer in a positive way to other dogs &/or humans. If that tail raised high becomes stiff, however, it points (no pun intended) to acknowledging something that could be considered a possible threat.
This could also convey what’s also being associated with tail-tucking. That being, anxiety. But when there’s a side-to-side movement of the tail, that’s reflecting excitable friendship. Yet each of those two indicators could be shown to be reflected individually from the same tail movement.
Tail speed movement makes a difference as well. Faster tail-wagging shows excitement. This is commonly seen, for example, as a dog reunites with its caretaker’s return from work. And come here next time as we give you further meanings into several other tail-wagging speeds.