Dogs wag their tails as a form of communication. As well as happiness, tail-wagging also expresses anger and agitation. A person should look at the entire body of the dog to determine the emotion - stiffened muscles, tension and ears pinned back are signs that it is best to leave a dog alone.Continue Reading
Dog originally used their tails for balance. The tail keeps the dog from falling over when it has to make a turn while running. It also helps the dog balance while climbing or jumping.
Dogs do not wag from birth. Most dogs begin wagging at the age of a month and a half, when it becomes necessary to communicate with their mothers or other members of the litter.Learn more about Dogs
Dogs wag their tails to convey strong emotions, such as happiness or agitation. Other clues can help people understand whether a dog's tail wagging is a gesture of welcoming or warning.Full Answer >
Some of the breeds of dogs that have either short or no tails at all include French bulldogs, English bulldogs, French pointers, Australian shepherds and Welsh corgis. Dogs and their ancestors naturally have tails. However, over generations, humans have bred certain types of dogs to have virtually no visible tail.Full Answer >
There are several possible reasons why dogs bite their tails, such as allergies and bowel problems. If a dog is continuously biting its tail, it is a often a sign of a bigger problem than an itch.Full Answer >
Barking is a dog's primary means of vocal communication. The Humane Society lists a number of common causes of incessant barking, including attention seeking, boredom, hunger, frustration, excitement, fear and protectiveness. Some dogs bark due to health conditions such as deafness, dementia or Canine Cognitive Dysfunction.Full Answer >