Useful Reasons Why Do Dogs Have Tails

Whether your best friend has a fluffy, thin, or short tail, seeing them wiggling about can always put a smile on your face.

Let’s take a look at how a dog’s tail works, why your pet uses it, and what you need to know about interpreting these tail wags.

Assists in Movement


When your dog is simply walking around, he doesn’t really need his tail to help with movement. However, when your dog is moving quickly or changing direction suddenly, the tail is very useful as a counterbalance.

Helps with Balance


When a dog walks along a narrow surface or climbs on uneven footing, its tail helps him to balance.

Shows Mood and Emotional State


Just like humans rely on facial expressions to convey emotions, dogs use their tails to show us and other dogs how they are feeling.



Indicating their emotional state with their tail is part of a dog’s communication. A tail raised high shows that a dog is confident, assertive, or sometimes aggressive.

Spreads Their Scent


A dog that feels confident will raise its tail high so that its unique scent can spread and tell everyone that he’s around.

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