When a dog's tail hangs lowly or is tucked between his legs, it exhibits nervousness or a sign of submission. Some dogs' tails, such as the greyhound's, naturally hang lowly, showing that the dog is relaxed and friendly.Know More
When a dog moves his tail into an upright, rigid position, it is a sign of alertness. This occurs when something startles or arouses the dog. While some tail-wagging indicates happiness, stiff tail-wagging can be a sign of aggression against an intruder. A tail tucked up against a dog's belly is a sign of fear or extreme submission.
In addition to their tails, dogs also express themselves with their ears, eyes and other body language.Learn more about Dogs
Some physical traits that are characteristic of Labrakitas are a curled tail, a black body with small spots of white, a black nose, long legs and a thick coat. Labrakitas are also heavy shedders and need to be brushed repeatedly during the spring and summer.Full Answer >
A dog may begin chewing the hair from the end of its tail because of skin conditions, parasites or behavioral issues. Bringing the dog to the veterinarian can help to determine the root cause of the issue.Full Answer >
The American Medical Veterinary Association explains that tail docking is generally a cosmetic procedure but is sometimes performed to prevent injury to a dog's tail. In some working dogs, docking the tail is a common practice because the tail may otherwise break while the animal is performing its duties. According to DogBreedInfo.com, the Weimeraner is a hunting dog and classified as a working breed.Full Answer >
Dogs have no way of communicating their maladies verbally, so the sight of a dog chewing its own tail is an alarming one, and it means one of a number of problems, including an allergic reaction to parasitic infestation or simply boredom. Pet owners who are unable to determine which of those is the case should take their dogs in for a checkup at the veterinarian because once a dog develops a "hot spot," or a wet, red irritated spot that happens with persistent biting, the cycle becomes even more difficult to stop.Full Answer >