Wagging Tail = Happy?
Simba usually always wags his tail. He is such a happy energetic dog. I’ve always thought that when a dog wags his tail that he is happy. I never thought that it could have other meanings. Just because a dog wags his tail does NOT mean he is happy. There are various ways a dog wags his tails. A dog wagging his tail means he is trying to tell you something. Yes, it could mean he is simply trying to tell you he is happy, but it could also mean something else. I’ve learned something new today and maybe you will too!
Communicating with your Dog
Dogs can’t speak although that would be kind of cool or either really creepy. I’m no Dr. Dolittle or a dog whisperer so it is important that I pay attention to Simba’s body language so that we can communicate. Communication is always key in everything so you should definitely pay attention to what your dog is trying to tell you.
How To Tell When a Dog is Happy
According to Amy Bender of About.com, “If a dog is wagging his tail and the rest of his body seems relaxed or is moving along with the wagging, you are dealing with a happy, comfortable dog.” That sounds just like Simba to me! He’s usually very comfortable and is always wagging along behind me or running ahead of me. He’s so fast!
Why Do Dogs Wag Their Tails?
A dog doesn’t just wag their tail when they are happy. A dog can wag their tail or hold their tail in different ways which has totally different meanings. You can view the article Dog Body Language: Wagging Tail which explains why a dog might wag their tail and also suggested readings for more dog body language information. Pawnation.com also has an interesting article that explains why your dog may do certain things which you can read by clicking here.
Check out this video that answersJC emailed to me below that answers the question “Why Do Dogs Wag Their Tails?”
Are you good at reading your dogs actions? How? Any tips? Do tell!