Dogs use canine body language to communicate, particularly the dog tail.
Happy tail messages
- Playful dogs hold their tails straight up
- Excited dogs wag their tails in circles
- Secure, confident dogs hold their tails high and move them in slow sweeps
- Relaxed dogs allow their tails to curl over their backs.
Nervous, submissive or aggressive tail messages
- Nervous dogs hold their tails high and still
- Fearful, nervous dogs hold their tails straight out
- Worried dogs wag their tails low and slow
- When the dog holds its tail between its legs it is fearful or stressed and wants to show submission
- Aggressive dogs hold their tails level with their bodies and often move their tails in a rhythmic sweeping motion.