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Understanding What Your Dog is Communicating with Its Tail

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Have you or your child ever made the mistake of misinterpreting a dog's tail wag to mean it's happy and wanting to be petted? You're probably not alone! The tail wag is an easy dog behavior to misunderstand.

An article published by Animal Planet explains that "Dogs use their tails to communicate strong emotions such as agitation, annoyance and anger as well as happiness. A person can be bitten by a dog that's wagging his tail because he read the signs incorrectly."


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