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Good question! The answer: It’s their way of communicating strong emotions with others. In fact, research shows that dogs don’t wag their tails when they are alone, because there is no need.
But a wagging tail doesn’t necessarily mean a happy dog; different types of tail wags actually mean different things.
Some studies have shown that dogs wag their tails to the right when they are happy and to the left when they are scared. A high wagging tail means your dog is really happy, whereas a horizontal tail means he’s just curious about something. A low tail wag means your dog is worried or feeling insecure. And of course, a tail between the legs means your dog is frightened or submissive.
Dogs also wag their tails as a way of spreading natural scent from their anal glands. An alpha dog holds his tail high to release more of his scent, while a submissive dog with his tail between his legs is trying to release as little scent as possible.
Dogs are not born knowing how to wag their tails, but most puppies learn how to use their tails to communicate by the time they’re around a month old. Since tails are such an important communication tool, dogs without tails usually approach other dogs with caution, in order to avoid miscommunication.
Wish you had a tail to help you communicate with others? Thanks to this recent Kickstarter project, you might be in luck!