Useful Reasons Why Do Dogs Have Tails

It’s such a wonderful feeling to arrive home and be greeted by your dog happily wagging its tail. 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

Besides acting as a counterbalance when your dog is moving at high speed, a tail is also useful for balancing on tricky surfaces.



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.

Spreads Their Scent

A dog’s tail-wagging behavior also serves the purpose of spreading its scent. There are two sacs, called anal glands, located underneath a dog’s tail.


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