Why Do Dogs Wag Their Tail?

Two puppy tails in heart shape

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A dog wagging their tail is "clearly a communication mechanism" according to animal behaviorist Nicholas Dodman, a professor emeritus at Tufts University and head of the Center for Canine Behavior Studies.

Most of the time, “a wagging tail is akin to waving a white flag of surrender—that is, ‘I’m happy to see you and present no threat,’” he says.

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