What Do Doxies Use Their Tails For? The Surprising Answer
Dachshunds Have Tails. That Is Pretty Obvious. What’s Not So Obvious For Some People Is Why They Have A Tail!
So, why do dogs have tails? In today’s article, we’ll answer that question for a specific breed, the Dachshund. So, how do dachshunds use their tails? You might be surprised, but the tail of your doxie plays a big role in his way of life. Your doxie’s tail is more than just an extension of his body, but it is also an extension of who he is.
In this post, let me share with you some of the ways your doxie uses his tail so you can have a better understanding of him!
Doxie Uses Its Tail For Movement And Balance
Observe your dog when he is running, walking, or simply standing. You will see that his tail, serves as a counterbalance to help him maintain balance and perform certain movements.
One proof of this is when your dog walks on a narrow surface, you will see that his tail tries to put his weight on the opposite side of where he lean. Not only that, but the tail is super helpful when he is standing or walking on uneven surfaces or trying to climb up and down an elevation.
Doxie Uses Its Tail For Communication
It would be great if dogs could talk and our doxie was able to express himself. Unfortunately, since that is impossible, using his tail to express himself is the next best thing. The primary role of your doxie’s tail is to express himself. The tail helps your dachshund to communicate not just to you, but also to other dogs.
While you can show your doxie love with lots of cuddles, treats, praising, and kisses, being a dog, your doxie has fewer ways to show you how much he adores you. The tail is a great helper to express his emotions!
Here are some communication cues your dog’s tail may be expressing:
- Feeling happy and excited – wags tail continuously and vigorously.
- Feeling at ease – keeps tail in a general state.
- Feeling worried and frightened – wags tail lower than its general position.
- Feeling nervous or submissive – holds tail lower and even tuck the tail between rear legs.
- Feeling depressed, stressed, or frustrated – tail is tucked under.
- Feeling curious and interested – the tail is held outstretched.
Use Your Doxie’s Tail To Understand Him Better
There you have it: the three most common ways your dog is using his tail. The tail of your dog serves aesthetic, functional, and social functions. It is truly useful and should not be taken for granted.
If you want to learn more, you can speak to your vet. You can also do your independent research and understand your dog better.
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