DOGS BODY LANGUAGE – WHAT A TAIL CAN TELL YOU
You can gauge a lot from your dogs body language.
Dogs communicate with each other almost exclusively without sound, so it’s handy to be able to pick up things such as fear or aggression while out on a walk, so you can cut in before things escalate in ways you don’t want.
Have a look at this quick video from the online dog trainer Doggy Dan, all about what a tail can tell you…
Being able to interpret quickly and with a high degree of accuracy any dogs emotional stage is very useful as it gives you a good indication of that dogs’ intention.
As explained in the video you can tell the emotional states of your dog (or others) from the angle of their tail and there are 5 very distinct positions – they are as follows:
5 States A Dog's Body Language Will Tell You
The 5 states are easy to spot once you know what you’re looking for and reading your dog will go a long way to understanding their needs and keeping them safe.
Obviously, if your dog has a docked tail it is going to be a bit harder to tell, but in most cases you can still see the angle of ‘stump’.
Even if your dog has a short tail from being docked, you can still tell – it may be a little harder to see immediately, but the tell-tail (no pun intended) signs are there.
Can you read your dogs body language?