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We all know what a dog means when it wags its tail - it means they're happy, right? Well, maybe not according to leading animal psychologists who analyse what a dog may be or may not be feeling.  There may be more of a tale in the movements of a dog's tail than most of us think.
Most of us agree that it would probably make life whole lot easier and fun if dogs could actually converse1 rather than bark with us, but sadly they have not yet evolved to develop that skill. There are some obvious signs of what your pooch is thinking. For example, growling2 could show aggression3, scratching at the door could mean a call of nature, and rolling on their backs could show submission4.
However, in the opinions of experts like Stanley Coren, professor of psychology5 at the University of British Colombia, your canine6 companion may be trying to tell you much more with the movements and position of their tails. For example, a broad wag is a friendly sign and can mean that the dog is pleased.
If you see the tail drooping,it may be a sign that the animal is in a state of stress and anxiety. That's according to Josie F. Turner, a journalist specialised in animal welfare. This is especially obvious if there are whines7 coming from them, or they are trying to hide. It may be time to get them on the leash8 and take them for that precious 'w-word' – walkies. Most dog owners know never to say that word in the vicinity of their four-legged friend, or they will get overly excited forcing you to take them out.
A horizontal tail with slight movements may be a sign that your canine is nervous or uncomfortable. And the more ample the movements, the more nervous your pooch may be. Finally, an erect9 tail accompanied by a swagger in the hips10 and lots of movement is a sign that your dog is as happy as can be – and very alert. However, if the tail is straight up in the air with no movement, it could be a sign that your dog is alert and trying to exert dominance.
So, the next time you're greeted by a dog, make sure to have a look and see what their tail is doing. In their own way, they're trying to tell you if they're sad, nervous or happy. Many of us would like to know exactly what they're thinking. Maybe we should just be grateful their tails are wagging and they're not plotting our demise11.


1 converse 7ZwyI     
  • He can converse in three languages.他可以用3種語言談話。
  • I wanted to appear friendly and approachable but I think I gave the converse impression.我想顯得友好、平易近人些,卻發覺給人的印象恰恰相反。
2 growling growling     
n.吠聲, 咆哮聲 v.怒吠, 咆哮, 吼
  • We heard thunder growling in the distance. 我們聽見遠處有隆隆雷聲。
  • The lay about the deck growling together in talk. 他們在甲板上到處游蕩,聚集在一起發牢騷。
3 aggression WKjyF     
  • So long as we are firmly united, we need fear no aggression.只要我們緊密地團結,就不必懼怕外來侵略。
  • Her view is that aggression is part of human nature.她認為攻擊性是人類本性的一部份。
4 submission lUVzr     
  • The defeated general showed his submission by giving up his sword.戰敗將軍繳劍表示投降。
  • No enemy can frighten us into submission.任何敵人的恐嚇都不能使我們屈服。
5 psychology U0Wze     
  • She has a background in child psychology.她受過兒童心理學的教育。
  • He studied philosophy and psychology at Cambridge.他在劍橋大學學習哲學和心理學。
6 canine Lceyb     
  • The fox is a canine animal.狐貍是犬科動物。
  • Herbivorous animals have very small canine teeth,or none.食草動物的犬牙很小或者沒有。
7 whines 9fa923df54d93fb1b237b287cc9eb52f     
n.悲嗥聲( whine的名詞復數 );哀鳴者v.哀號( whine的第三人稱單數 );哀訴,訴怨
  • The colony whines a centerless loud drone that vibrates the neighborhood. 蜂群嗡嗡喧鬧的哀鳴振動鄰里。 來自互聯網
  • The web whines with the sound of countless mosquitoes and flies trapped in its folds. 蜘蛛網內發出無數只被困在蜘蛛絲間的蚊子與蒼蠅所發出來的聲音。 來自互聯網
8 leash M9rz1     
  • I reached for the leash,but the dog got in between.我伸手去拿系狗繩,但被狗擋住了路。
  • The dog strains at the leash,eager to be off.狗拼命地扯拉皮帶,想掙脫開去。
9 erect 4iLzm     
  • She held her head erect and her back straight.她昂著頭,把背挺得筆直。
  • Soldiers are trained to stand erect.士兵們訓練站得筆直。
10 hips f8c80f9a170ee6ab52ed1e87054f32d4     
abbr.high impact polystyrene 高沖擊強度聚苯乙烯,耐沖性聚苯乙烯n.臀部( hip的名詞復數 );[建筑學]屋脊;臀圍(尺寸);臀部…的
  • She stood with her hands on her hips. 她雙手叉腰站著。
  • They wiggled their hips to the sound of pop music. 他們隨著流行音樂的聲音搖晃著臀部。 來自《簡明英漢詞典》
11 demise Cmazg     
  • He praised the union's aims but predicted its early demise.他贊揚協會的目標,但預期這一協會很快會消亡。
  • The war brought about the industry's sudden demise.戰爭道致這個行業就這么突然垮了。
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