Woof Wednesdays: Ask Amy “What’s Up With Wags?”


How does a curled tail affect the wag on a Basenji?

Dogs are social creatures that live together, and so they need a dog language in order to get along. How dogs communicate—what I like to call “dogma”—is based on a system of common signals. Tale wags are part of that language. Dog language not only allows dogs to communicate and understand each other. It also is a system used for conflict resolution.

What prompts your dogs to wage wagging conversations? Do they wag just part of the tail, or do their entire buttresses become wigglebums? What would you add to the Ask Amy video? Are there certain breeds or individual pets who wag (or not) in unique ways? What about cats and their tails? My Seren-kitty’s tail talk never stops (she talks from both ends). Hmnnn, that’s fodder for a future Ask Amy.

Guess I need to get future blogs up ahead of time before the powers-what-be (weather, God, Verizon…not necessarily in that order) zap my creativity.

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Woof Wednesdays: Ask Amy “What’s Up With Wags?” — 7 Comments

  1. Tiffany, that makes me smile just to read it. *s* Magic, too–although he’s got a whole range of “kinds” of wags based on what’s got him interested.

  2. My little chihauhau, Midge greets us like this: She winds up like a major league pitcher and then her body ends up looking like a corkscrew. Somehow, she manages to shake all of this, tail included, and all the while walking or more like winding toward us. Makes a body feel welcome in ones own home. Whatever it means it must be good!

  3. Hehe. Waggy. Yep. That’s Sam all right. He’ll be sitting there, looking bored, and all you have to do is say, “Waggy waggy,” and the tail will be going so hard the entire Beagle is is shaking. My oldest son thinks this is hilarious, and will say it as soon as he enters any room where Sam is. Sam always gets hugely fussed over for wagging his tail. He likes that.


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