As cute as it would be, dogs can’t talk, and their faces aren’t as expressive as
ours, so it’s sometimes hard to tell what they’re thinking.
But dogs do communicate in one way we can’t: with their tails.
Those fluffy tails are constantly conveying your dog’s mood, but just because they’re
wagging it all over the place doesn’t always mean your dog is excited to see you.
A tail wag doesn’t always signal happiness and friendliness.
It’s way more complicated than that.
The exact behavior can vary depending on the breed of dog, but the general pattern is the
如果你的狗夹起尾巴 这表示它们害怕 紧张
If your dog lowers their tail between their legs, it probably means they’re scared,
anxious, or submissive.
If they hold it up, something has captured their interest — like a squirrel!
The higher the tail, the more excited the dog is feeling, although the relative height
varies between breeds.
Some dogs just naturally hold their tails higher than others.
If their tail wags slowly, your dog is maybe a little uncertain about the situation.
But if it’s waving energetically from side to side, it’s probably exactly what you
think — a happy, enthusiastic hello.
As strange as it sounds, a pair of studies by a group of Italian researchers showed that
which direction a dog wags its tail is important, too.
In the first experiment, 30 dogs were exposed to four different stimuli: their owners, strange
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humans, a dominant unfamiliar dog, and a cat.
The dogs wagged their tails much more on the right side of their bodies when they saw
their owner, and slightly more on the right when they saw a strange human.
They also tended to wag on the right when they saw a cat, but the movements were smaller
and more insecure.
But when they saw a dominant, strange dog, they wagged more on the left side of their
According to the scientists, this means they wagged on the right when they saw things they’d
like to approach, and on the left when they saw things they’d want to avoid.
See, the two sides of dogs’ brains have different specialties.
The researchers suggested that one side handles approach responses, like when a dog greets
its owner, and the other side handles withdraw responses.
And which way the tail waved seemed to depend on which half of the brain was being activated.
A follow-up study with about 40 dogs showed that other dogs could actually pick up on
When they saw a video of another dog wagging its tail on the left, they got anxious, and
their heart rates went up.
But when they watched a video of a dog wagging its tail on the right, they stayed relaxed.
It’s possible that this is a way dogs communicate with each other, since many of them have easily-visible
So if you want to become an expert dog whisperer, keep a close eye on that tail.
It could be telling you more than you’ve ever realized!
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