A dog’s wagging tail position could mean different things ranging from calmness to aggressiveness, and happiness to nervousness. This depends on the tail position from its natural position and the speed of wagging it from side to side.
For different dogs, this natural position is different. For example, for a Pug, its tail curves upwards, and for a Greyhound, it has its tail slightly between its legs.
Below are some of the emotional states of our furry friends when they move their tails to a particular position.
The left position usually shows negative emotions. This position can keep other dogs stressed or alert them about a perceived danger.
Dogs wagging their tails to the right shows their positive emotions and can calm other canines as well.
When their tail is up, it shows a range of excitatory stimuli from happiness to insecurity about a stranger and aggression.
When nervous, submissive, or scared, the dogs bring their tail downwards and tuck it under their body. This position is opposite to the one they show when they are aggressive or happy.
When held straight, the horizontally straightened tail shows signs of curiosity and the dog becomes very focused at this time. Together with its unblinking eyes and crouching position, it goes into hunting mode.
Emotions Elicited When Dogs Wags Their Tail
In addition to bringing its tail in any of these positions, a dog will also wag its tail sideways. The wagging speed of their tails shows the intensity of their emotions and also means they are showing specific emotions. Here is a list of examples and what they mean.
When a dog is happy, they move their tail slightly upward or it remains in its natural position. However, in addition to this, they could also wag their tails from side to side.
This indicates that they are very very excited. It could wag its tail so fast that it may even appear to vibrate to indicate an overexcitement.
Apart from this, the rate at which they move their tail in this position could also mean insecurity or even aggression