Cool Things About Your Dog’s Tail


There’s nothing more welcoming than coming home after a long day to find your pup wagging his tail to greet you. There’s something about a dog with a wagging tail that make people excited and happy. However, there are some things about your dog’s tail that you don’t know.



Dogs use their tails to communicate. They can indicate danger, friendliness and submission, according to Paws First Choice.

Social Cue


Tail wagging provides a social cue for the people and animals that come in contact with dogs. In fact, dogs don’t wag their tails when no one is around, according to Animal Planet.

Learned Behavior


A newborn pup doesn’t wag its tail until about a month and a half old. Then they practice their tail wagging skills on siblings and mom.

Different Wags, Different Meanings


A slight wag for a stranger is a tentative hello and acceptance while a broad swishing tail shows friendliness and complete acceptance.

Wags in Different Directions


The direction a dog wags its tail indicates the hemisphere of the brain it’s utilizing. Wagging to the right indicates pleasure and happiness, while a left wag means the pup is anxious and nervous.



When your dog walks along a narrow passage, he uses his tail to help balance and avoid missteps.

Swimming Propeller


A wagging tail can turn your pup into a fish as the tail acts as a rudder. This can determine the direction that they swim in.

Extension of the Spine


The tail is a more flexible part of the spine. It even has its own set of muscles and discs. Of course, there’s more to a dog that just his tail. Click here to learn about other social cues dog’s use to communicate.

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