Fact or Fiction #01

Myth #1: Dogs wag their tails only when they are happy. True or False?
By Pets Team
Published on Tuesday, 01 February 2011

 

Myth 1

Dogs wag their tails only when they are happy.

True or False?

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The answer is a bit of both - dogs actually wag their tails whenever something excites them, makes them happy or fearful, and even to signal imminent attack. A better gauge of happiness or lack thereof would be to study the position of the tail and the frequency of wags. Low-held tails with slow, loose wags usually mean "come closer, I want to be friends."