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Tail-Wagging’ Facts About Our Four-Legged Friends

Dogs are fascinating animals. You might be surprised to learn about some of their more amazing characteristics. Owners and dogs alike are proud to own one or more of the four-legged friends. Here are some of the facts that most owners are more proud to know. 

Some dogs jump higher than others. One good way to gauge a dog's jumping abilities is to squat or sit and look up at the dog. A dog's squatting height is the bottom line of his front legs plus his elbows. If you measure his front legs he will probably be taller than you. 

Many owners are very proud of their dog's manners. When a dog's owner comes home from work, the dog is typically found sitting or standing at the door. The owner, sensing the dog's demeanor, approaches and greets the dog. If the dog is greeted and makes noises, it can be a good sign. However, if the dog growls or snaps, it is likely a warning.

To measure a dog's smartest, youngest, silliest or maidliest trait, just take a look in the dog's eyes. If the dog's eyes are bright, be tinged or tearful- look again at the dog's expression. What is the mode of the dog's query? Is the dog's stare straight ahead or is he famously folding his legs? Is the dog's head in a pillow-like position or is it off-set to one side? Does the dog's head shoot off like a rocket as the dog searches for objects? How does the dog knows which objects to focus on and which ones to ignore?

Dogs are social creatures. They owe their specific groups, from the pack to the family to the owner to their territory. They are also creatures that can become very territorial. They will mark a particular territory and if someone enters their space they will become defensive.

Certain noises like the door bell or a car honk can be like a distress signal. Dogs use growling, moaning, whining and barking to communicate their feelings. They also use these noises to warn others and to identify himself/herself to other canine species. For example, Labradors will snarl and bark if they feel threatened.

Why do some dogs wag their tails when they hear their name? It is a common behavior in many dogs. A dog puts his tail between his legs in a submissive posture. He feels very insecure and tries to avoid any confrontation. A dog puts his tail between his legs in a submissive posture when he responds to his name or is being corrected. Some dogs in a position like the "play bow" position their tail between their legs and relax. This position is natural for a dog when he is in a position in which he is vulnerable such as being caged. Other dogs will put their tails between their legs in a submissive posture. This can be a sign of fear when he is approached by a stranger or an unfamiliar dog.

Once you observe that your dog is displaying his submissive behavior, it is not too late to change his behavior to a more acceptable one. If your dog responds to his name or comes to you when he is called, reward him with treats. A pat on the head or a massage can also work wonders. If your dog runs from you or acts fearfully, hold him firmly and do not allow him to get away. Make him sit and reward him for continuing to be obedient. Start with these four basic dog obedience commands and use them again and again. Soon you will have a dog who is happy to pay attention and interact with you or do something for you without fear.