Dogs’ Body Language Explained

Paul Watzlawick famously said, “One cannot speak,” and that is certainly true of our canine friends. Dogs are always telling us how they feel. We may not be able to talk about and discuss their emotions, informing how we should interact with them.

tail position

A dog’s tail tells us what they want to say, the way it naturally falls when relaxed. The neutral state can vary greatly by breed. Many dogs’ tails hang down, but some dogs, such as beagles or huskies, may have tails in a more vertical natural position. Other dogs with curled tails will rarely wag their tail.


A high tail with the tip in the air can have a few meanings. It can be a symbol of confidence or a positive sign showing comfort among friends. The dog may also be alert

2.Straight Out and Relaxed

The dog’s position is in a relaxed, non-stiffened tail position. The dog looks relaxed, they are alert but not excited and are generally in an upbeat, friendly mood, which will be further evidenced by the loose tail movement.


A stiff, raised tail usually means the dog is alert and sensing potential danger. This is a fight-or-flight response. A higher tail indicates more stress and a greater likelihood of aggression.

4.Slight Wag

A lightly shaken dog can comfortably wag its tail freely. Your dog may give you signals that they are nervous about a new person or animal and want to approach them with caution.

5.Low Wagging

Low tail wagging is generally associated with negative emotion and is one of the easiest shaking conditions to misinterpret. Dogs often lose their posture and flop down as they act.

6.Wagging to the Left

Your dog will likely show added signs of stress, fear, or some other negative emotion with the left-wagging behavior.

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