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Even pooches with no tails can still show their excitement – North wiggles his whole rear end as he just has a curlicue stub! For those with tails – short or long – Dr. Stanley Coren (author of What Do Dogs Know?) offers some explanations of key wags for dog owners:

  • I'm excited: small side-to-side wags at a fast pace.
  • I'm happy: broad wags at a moderate pace with a tail mid-level and relaxed.
  • I'm unsure: slow wags with head lowered.
  • Give me some space: holding the tail high over the back with short, fast wags.

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red4bonez red4bonez 9 years
i say that's about right. Princess smiles when people yell around her and she gets all happy later.
mlmoreno47 mlmoreno47 9 years
What about circle wags? One of my dogs, Maggie, has his tail go in full circles sometimes, usually when my boyfriend comes over. What does this mean?
Renees3 Renees3 9 years
I'd say this is pretty accurate. I think most people with dogs can tell how their animal is feeling by tail wags and body language. When B-BOp is excited he jumps too and wags like crazy.
LittleMascara LittleMascara 9 years
My Sadie (a 6 month old Boston Terrier/English Bulldog mix) is docked but she wags her little nub as fast as she can! I like to call her my wiggle bunny, when she gets excited her whole bum wags!
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