The Top Pet Myths You Should Stop Believe In

A Wagging Tail Means A Dog Is Excited or Happy

Another common myth is when we see dogs wagging their tails, we think they are happy but once we approach them but we might get bitten. According to scientists and even dog behaviorists, a wagging tail simply means the dog is mentally ready to engage. This is not an indicator of their mood or state of mind.

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Dog’s tail wagging might indicate different emotions such as fear, annoyance, curiosity, enthusiasm, confidence, tension, nervousness, or hostility. Dog behaviorists suggest noticing the tail wag speed. For example, a tail wag follows by body movements (body move side to side as the tail wag) shows a friendly and positive response from the dog, while a slow and stiffer wag can translate as proceed with caution.