Shared Blog Post – Does a Wagging Tail Mean a Happy Dog?

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Many people are under the misconception that if a dog is wagging its tail that it is happy and therefore safe to approach. The fact is, a dog may also wag their tail when aroused, when preparing to attack, when anxious, and while hunting prey.

To learn more about dogs and their tails, read this blog post from author and dog trainer Eileen Anderson at her blog eileenanddogs

Recommended Resources

Articles on Don’s Blog

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Introduction to Canine Communication –

Handouts to Download

Body Language of Fear in Dogs Dr. Sophia Yin

Signs of Anxiety and Fear – Dr. Marty Becker


On Talking Terms With Dogs: Calming Signals, Turid Rugaas, Dogwise Publishing, 2006