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(Denver Channel)   The way your dog wags his tail might reveal more about him than you know. Just in time for Cursday   (thedenverchannel.com) divider line 38
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2013-10-31 03:08:46 PM
I assume that's left and right facing the dog. Both my dogs had their tails bobbed before I got them, so its hard to tell with them.
 
2013-10-31 03:42:12 PM
What if it's moving up and down and red at the end?
 
2013-10-31 03:48:17 PM
Paper is here, BTW. Or here on Sciencedirect.
 
2013-10-31 04:14:35 PM

simplicimus: I assume that's left and right facing the dog. Both my dogs had their tails bobbed before I got them, so its hard to tell with them.


I always wondered which of the dogs in that famous painting had the best poker faces.
 
2013-10-31 04:17:52 PM
FTA: "It's just fascinating that dogs pick up on it," said Evan MacLean, co-director of Duke University's Canine Cognition Center. For humans, he said, "it's a difficult thing to see

When you think about it, it's not that amazing that other dogs pick up on it compared to humans.  They don't quite use vocalization to the extreme that humans do.  Additionally, the species has been using physical cues (raised hair on the back or neck, the "play pose", etc.) to communicate for how many millenia?

That they're more keen to notice (either actively or passively) physical cues from other dogs which we humans might miss should hardly be unexpected.
 
2013-10-31 04:25:58 PM
All I know is my beagle is about the kick the shiat out of the terrier if he doesn't leave her alone and stops trying to roll her. It will turn into howlmegeddon.
 
2013-10-31 04:36:04 PM
I have a Pembroke Corgi. MY DOG IS UNREADABLE!
 
2013-10-31 05:12:28 PM
My black lab wags his tail based on what's sitting on our coffee table. Either way his tail is designed to clear everything off the coffee table no matter which direction he's traveling.
 
2013-10-31 05:24:54 PM
My dog has, like, one vertebra's worth of tail. He still tries to wag it, but you can only see it move under extraordinary circumstances when he's VERY happy, like when he gets a visit from the one other dog in the world he likes, or when I've been gone for a few days.

If I've just been gone for a few hours, he'll make a big fuss over me at the door--jumping up, licking my face, etc.--but the tail-stump doesn't get involved.

Long story short, my dog fakes it.

/it's okay, though
//I tell him he's the best dog in the world, too, but he's really just okay.
 
2013-10-31 05:49:21 PM

meathome: FTA: "It's just fascinating that dogs pick up on it," said Evan MacLean, co-director of Duke University's Canine Cognition Center. For humans, he said, "it's a difficult thing to see

When you think about it, it's not that amazing that other dogs pick up on it compared to humans.  They don't quite use vocalization to the extreme that humans do.  Additionally, the species has been using physical cues (raised hair on the back or neck, the "play pose", etc.) to communicate for how many millenia?

That they're more keen to notice (either actively or passively) physical cues from other dogs which we humans might miss should hardly be unexpected.


Breaking news: pack animals sensitive to non vocal clues.
 
2013-10-31 05:56:14 PM
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/just in time for my dog's b'day
//happy cursday, henry
 
2013-10-31 06:08:10 PM

Enormous-Schwanstucker: My black lab wags his tail based on what's sitting on our coffee table. Either way his tail is designed to clear everything off the coffee table no matter which direction he's traveling.


My kids' faces were at the perfect height to get hit by my black lab. Their reactions as he approached them were priceless.
 
2013-10-31 06:24:33 PM
Back when I was a kid, we had people in town who had a pet lion.. neutered.. didn't have much of a mane but had a knot or something on the end of it,s tail... they told us that just about everything in the house had a dent in it from the lion swinging it,s tail around..
 
2013-10-31 06:38:57 PM
I thought this was old news. I swear I heard this somewhere years ago.
 
2013-10-31 06:51:31 PM

abhorrent1: I thought this was old news. I swear I heard this somewhere years ago.


Human years or dog years?
 
2013-10-31 06:51:43 PM
I have an Old English Sheepdog with a bobbed tail. He wags his whole ass.
 
2013-10-31 07:05:22 PM

phlegmmo: abhorrent1: I thought this was old news. I swear I heard this somewhere years ago.

Human years or dog years?


Human years. Now that I think about it it was at the zoo a few years back. They have a sign like this at the wolf enclosure.  That's what I was thinking of.
 
2013-10-31 07:07:04 PM

Anne.Uumellmahaye: I have an Old English Sheepdog with a bobbed tail. He wags his whole ass.


My Australian Sheppards do as well. The two border terrorists have tails though
 
2013-10-31 07:18:39 PM

WhiskeySticks: What if it's moving up and down and red at the end?


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2013-10-31 07:20:11 PM
I have greyhounds.  What other dogs pick up as agression in their posture is actually happiness. 2 of my 3 have been bit because of this.
 
2013-10-31 07:32:28 PM
What if his tail never moves? oh...that's right, i just had to kill mine an hour ago.......

/gonna miss his "hugs".
 
2013-10-31 08:01:02 PM
If I throw my black lab's tennis ball in a snow drift or long grass, his tail spins clockwise violently like a helicopter blade as he desperately searches for his toy. Once the ball is found, he wags his tail back and forth in a more normal fashion.  I don't have any really good explanation for it.  The whole experience seems extremely subconscious in nature.
 
2013-10-31 08:26:14 PM

toetag: What if his tail never moves? oh...that's right, i just had to kill mine an hour ago.......

/gonna miss his "hugs".


That sucks. I'm very sorry. Hard to beat a good dog.
 
2013-10-31 08:38:55 PM

limeyfellow: All I know is my beagle is about the kick the shiat out of the terrier if he doesn't leave her alone and stops trying to roll her. It will turn into howlmegeddon.


HA!! Im bothering my beagle and she is getting pissed right now so im getting a kick out of....
 
2013-10-31 08:39:54 PM

semiotix: My dog has, like, one vertebra's worth of tail. He still tries to wag it, but you can only see it move under extraordinary circumstances when he's VERY happy, like when he gets a visit from the one other dog in the world he likes, or when I've been gone for a few days.

If I've just been gone for a few hours, he'll make a big fuss over me at the door--jumping up, licking my face, etc.--but the tail-stump doesn't get involved.

Long story short, my dog fakes it.

/it's okay, though
//I tell him he's the best dog in the world, too, but he's really just okay.


Great post :)
 
2013-10-31 08:53:45 PM
I grew up in a valley so steep that the dog had to wag his tail straight up and down.
 
2013-10-31 08:55:42 PM

Tobin_Lam: Enormous-Schwanstucker: My black lab wags his tail based on what's sitting on our coffee table. Either way his tail is designed to clear everything off the coffee table no matter which direction he's traveling.

My kids' faces were at the perfect height to get hit by my black lab. Their reactions as he approached them were priceless.


My daughter had the same problem when she was little. Now it's the Husky's turn to get whacked in the noggin whenever the idiot walks by. Yes, priceless!
 
2013-10-31 09:42:52 PM
My last dog had no tail (not docked but congenitally). Her entire butt wagged when she was happy. It was adorable.
 
2013-10-31 09:53:26 PM
Old news. I learned about this in 4-H when I was a kid.
 
2013-10-31 10:33:22 PM
Subby, I love dogs, but let the 'cursday' thing go. People with dogs are SANE. They aren't going to flock to it, and it's not a weekend thing.

People with cats are farking creepy and obsessive and will shiat in your brain about them non-stop.

Don't be a cat-person about dogs, subby. Just be a dog-person about it, and let it roll.

Then go bark at a mailman.
 
2013-10-31 10:46:02 PM
Yeah my Schnoodle has a nub for a tail, so it would be kind of hard to gauge if she was wagging it more left or right.
 
2013-11-01 03:00:00 AM
Confirmed.
 
2013-11-01 07:18:13 AM
Let me guess: Wags left to right, 'Wants Steak.'  Wags up down: 'Wants Steak.'
 
2013-11-01 08:20:42 AM

abhorrent1: Anne.Uumellmahaye: I have an Old English Sheepdog with a bobbed tail. He wags his whole ass.

My Australian Sheppards do as well. The two border terrorists have tails though


You do realize the NSA tracks this site, right?
 
2013-11-01 08:37:54 AM

rikkards: I have greyhounds.  What other dogs pick up as agression in their posture is actually happiness. 2 of my 3 have been bit because of this.


That may be a thing with greyhounds: they are socially retarded. Our's didn't really know how to play with other dogs for a while. They miss all of that stuff when they're raised at the track.

Also, what does a 'helicopter tail' mean? Our's does that when he's really excited.
 
2013-11-01 08:46:05 AM

IwasKloot: rikkards: I have greyhounds.  What other dogs pick up as agression in their posture is actually happiness. 2 of my 3 have been bit because of this.

That may be a thing with greyhounds: they are socially retarded. Our's didn't really know how to play with other dogs for a while. They miss all of that stuff when they're raised at the track.

Also, what does a 'helicopter tail' mean? Our's does that when he's really excited.


Lol so does our new guy I think it means he is a spaz. When he does it, it seems like his butt is going to lift off.
Basically anyone with a dog approaches we warn them that they are social morons and that their overly excited approach may be misinterpreted. Also any dog smaller than a cocker may be also mistaken as a rabbit :)
 
2013-11-01 08:50:32 AM
Um, my left or his left?
 
2013-11-01 09:15:15 AM

D_Moran: Um, my left or his left?

rsrc.psychologytoday.com

 
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