Why Do Dogs Wag Their Tails

Fast loose wags generally show a happy, friendly dog feeling playful and good.


Slow slight wags with tail lower down may indicate insecurity or anxiety.

Low & Slow 

Quick choppy wags high up can signal arousal, agitation or potential aggression.

Fast & Tight

Tail up and curled over back is a confident, often dominant posture.

Up & Curled

Relaxed, loose wags in a lower neutral position typically reflect calmness.

Loose & Low  

 No wagging with tail sticking straight out signals a dog who is highly focused.

Completely Still

A tucked tail indicates fear, uncertainty, or submission to other dogs.

Tucked Under 

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