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.