How to tell what your dog is saying when it wags its tail

Iain Curry

HAVE you ever paid attention to how your pooch wags its tail?

Well, you had better take a closer look as a new study has found it will tell you exactly how they are feeling.

The study by the Centre for Mind-Brain Sciences at the University of Trento, Italy, showed that if a dog's tail wagged more to the left it meant they were scared.

If it wagged more to the right, it was happy.

But if you're like David Stiller (pictured), it can all be a bit confusing.

The Nambour man said staffie-ridgeback cross Mustang wagged his tail so much it was hard to tell which side he favoured.

"When I get home from work, his tail is going like a helicopter," he said.

"I can't see what side it's going to."

The study acknowledged most dogs moved their tail so rapidly their owners couldn't keep track but said other dogs could pick up the subtle difference.

Mr Stiller agreed that Mustang's wagging reflected his mood, depending on the situation.

"If he is scared, he puts his ears back and his tail between his legs," he said.

Topics:  communication dogs editors picks pets

Homeless drug addicted Rocky mum turns life around


Her mother's terminal cancer diagnosis was the catalyst for change

Rocky CBD property catches interstate investors' eyes

PRIME POSITION: The CBD building on Denham St is up for sale.

JUST 10 days on market and the building has gained metro interest

Don't miss this chance to plan the perfect trip

We're giving you the chance to win $1000 gift card

Local Partners

Exclusive CQ business revs onto the market

"There is plenty of opportunity, you don't have to be a racing fanatic.”

Two boys impacted by organ donation join forces

KICKING GOALS: Liver recipient, 11-year-old, Max Bishop from Ipswich and organ donor James Ackerman's six-year-old son Ollie from the Sunshine Coast, walked out together to deliver the match ball for the Bulldogs v Raiders match.

Son of organ donor and a footy-fanatic recipient join together

Parents in favour of new vaccination laws

VAX LAWS: North Coast Health District officials are hoping new vaccination laws which prevent children not yet immunised from attending day care will persuade parents to protect their youngsters.

Children's lives saved through vaccination laws

Call out to CQ businesses to cash in on Village Festival

FESTIVAL FANS: Livingstone Shire Mayor Bill Ludwig promoting the CQUniversity Village Festival which provides a massive financial windfall for the region.

Info night set to help local businesses snare the financial windfall

Cost of having children soaring sky high

Katie Lavercombe – with Xavier, 2, Bella, 4, and eight-month-old Archie – says the cost of having a child is deterring wannabe parents from taking the plunge.

Cost of children soaring as trendy baby accessories increase spending

These are the sex capitals of Australia

Sex is in demand.

Data reveals surprise Australian suburbs where people want sex the most

Aussie couple road tests hotels by having sex in them

Justin and Jess have revealed their steamy hotel experiences.

They won a comp to share stories of getting lucky in hotel rooms