When a dog wags his/her tail, it does NOT necessarily mean the dog is happy!
Originally Posted by Dylan Smith
I also forgot to mention this before but I seriously doubt my current dog can be disciplined. She would do something very naughty and we would be holding shoes or something and threatening her and she would wag her tail. She liked it. I dont know how she can possibly be trained if she likes being threatened.
Big mistake!!! Common mistake!!
A wagging tail can be a stress/calming signal. Dogs wag their tails for many reasons.
Some wags mean happy feelings....but not all!
Wagging tail can mean: fear, insecurity, a social challenge or even a warning that if you approach, you are apt to be bitten.
Read more here:
What a Wagging Dog Tail Really Means: New Scientific Data
Specific tail wags provide information about the emotional state of dogs. https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/b...cientific-data
And.......................Super IMPORTANT to learn: Calming signals
are a set of body language skills which dogs use to maintain healthy relationships and resolve conflict without having to resort to aggressive behaviors. These signals often occur early in interactions, as soon as a dog becomes aware that a situation may need “calming down.” This facet of canine communication is designed to help dogs calm themselves and others in the face of stress. Essentially, calming signals are meant for the dog to display their stress in the hopes that the individual it is communicating with will understand and alter their behavior. Canine Calming Signals and Stress
When assessing if a dog is exhibiting calming signals or not, it is important to always look at the context of the situation surrounding the behavior.
1.Head turning/Averting gaze
10.Nose licking (licking their lips-- with no food nearly)
Read more here:
Canine Calming Signals and Stress https://www.greenacreskennel.com/dog...nd-stress.html