Seeing the tail of your dog wagging whenever you come home is heartwarming. It seems like it says that it misses you and it is glad that you are home. And sometimes, a simple wag can mean a broken vase or display at home or fur on your face.
Every dog has a different kind of tail. Read on to know some facts about your fur baby’s tail.
Despite being the part of the spine, the dog’s tail is flexible as it can wag at a slow and fast rate. It has muscles, discs, and anchors. According to VCA, a dog tail has 5 to 20 vertebrae which are smaller at the tip and getting bigger at the base. The soft discs separate the tail bones and offer flexibility and cushioning.
Since the tail is exposed and active, a greater chance of injury is likely to happen. Fractures, lacerations, and nerve damage can happen to a tail. Tip fracture can heal in due time but may result in a bump or a bent in the tail while injuries near the base are more serious. Always go to a vet whenever a tail injury happened.
A dog’s tail is like an antenna that can be used for communication. You can tell a dog’s mood through its wagging or the position of its tail. The following are some of them.
Actively wagging – seeing a tail’s dog wagging like crazy only means one thing-it is happy.
Straight up – beware, your dog is not in the mood and is mad.
In between legs – this often happens when dogs are sad or ashamed.
Wagging left – anxious or concerned or unpleasant about a person or an animal.
Short strokes – anxious or uptight.
Since tails are mostly used for communicating, dogs don’t wag them when they are alone unless there is someone or an animal they want to communicate with.
Puppies also learn the skill of tail language communicating at an about 45-days-old mark that is practiced with the dog mom and dog siblings.
The tail helps in maintaining balance and a counterweight for dogs when running, turning, and leaping. Dogs can adjust and relearn their athletic skills as time goes by even if they have experienced tail injuries.
Since the tail is near the anal glands, the dogs use their tail to spread scent. Alpha dogs who hold their tails high can release more scent from the anal glands according to Animal Planet. Which will mean a dog is covering its scent when its tail is in between their legs and is scared.
The dog’s tail can help a lot when it is swimming and can act as a rudder. A lot of videos of dogs swimming can be seen on the Internet. However, a pet owner must know what to do and some precautions before letting their dog jump into the water.
There are dog breeds that are really for swimming. Here are some of them.
- Standard poodle
- Irish Water Spaniel
- Golden Retriever
- Irish Setter
- Chesapeake Bay Retriever
- Portuguese Water Dog
- Labrador Retriever
- English Setter
- Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever
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