05-30-2019, 08:18 PM
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Tail wagging does not always mean happy!
Hi there! Thanks for coming here to seek help for your dog! Is your dog on leash when she is growling at the other dogs in your complex?
If so she may have leash reactivity
. She may be anxious about the other dogs for some reason, or frustrated that she cannot always meet them at times.
Also she could be more "sensitive" or reactive because she is near her home as opposed to more neutral territory like a pet store or park. My dogs tend to get that way near my house, it is pretty common. Also, next time she wags her tail, look closely at the tail positioning and the way she is wagging it
! Tail wagging does not always mean happiness or friendly. It could signal fear or anxiety or stress or frustration or other things. I find that studying up and learning dog body language and calming signals really, really helps me to understand my dogs.
.. and what they are feeling in so many different situations. Then I can make a plan to help them feel better about stressful things so they will be less prone to react negatively or aggressively. You can study about about dog body language online for free.
I can see that, indeed, you would want to help your dog to not act reactively since you live in a an apartment and have to share common areas at times. I'm sure your dog will appreciate the help... and so will your neighbors!
I counter condition all my dogs to seeing other dogs, no matter where we are, so they will not be reactive or stressed. This really helps us!!
Last edited by AthenaLove; 05-30-2019 at 08:21 PM.