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Woof Wednesdays: Ask Amy “What’s Up With Wags?”

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Does a short tail on the Clumber Spaniel cause doggy mis-communications? Hmnnn...

Yes, I know I know, the blog is LATE! You can thank Verizon for that. Since Tuesday about 3:30 pm, the Internet coverage went away and the “help desk” guestimate of a four-hour fixed stretched into a 16-hour outtage. You can be sure, my happy-wags were lacking. And as I type this, the Texas skies blackened and winds stirred up the roses into a frothy mess so not sure how long I’ll be online.

Welcome to all my new subscribers! (~~~virtual waves~~~) I know lots of y’all came to check out the pictures and comments from the OWFI conference, or the list of helpful Ebook links.   I’ll be adding more info on the Ebooks in the weeks ahead. But each week you’ll also find furry info about cats, dogs, puppies and more.

For instance, before I lost connectivity yesterday I managed to blog at the site. One of my Sweet Tweet friends asked me to mention safety issues of puppies in cars.    But I’d already prepared an Ask Amy (below) about canine wag-icity.


How does a curled tail affect the wag on a Basenji?

Dogs are social creatures that live together, and so they need a dog language in order to get along. How dogs communicate—what I like to call “dogma”—is based on a system of common signals. Tale wags are part of that language. Dog language not only allows dogs to communicate and understand each other. It also is a system used for conflict resolution.

What prompts your dogs to wage wagging conversations? Do they wag just part of the tail, or do their entire buttresses become wigglebums? What would you add to the Ask Amy video? Are there certain breeds or individual pets who wag (or not) in unique ways? What about cats and their tails? My Seren-kitty’s tail talk never stops (she talks from both ends). Hmnnn, that’s fodder for a future Ask Amy.

Guess I need to get future blogs up ahead of time before the powers-what-be (weather, God, Verizon…not necessarily in that order) zap my creativity.

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About amyshojai

Amy Shojai, CABC is a certified animal behavior consultant (dogs/cats), award winning author of 30+ pet care titles and thrillers, and spokesperson to the pet industry.

7 responses »

  1. My doggie wags all the time – all you have to do is whisper her name, Shadow, and there it goes. She is seriously the happiest dog I’ve ever met in my life.

  2. Tiffany, that makes me smile just to read it. *s* Magic, too–although he’s got a whole range of “kinds” of wags based on what’s got him interested.

  3. Lois Richardson

    My little chihauhau, Midge greets us like this: She winds up like a major league pitcher and then her body ends up looking like a corkscrew. Somehow, she manages to shake all of this, tail included, and all the while walking or more like winding toward us. Makes a body feel welcome in ones own home. Whatever it means it must be good!

  4. Liked the video. Took notes. So glad I met you at OWFI.

  5. Hehe. Waggy. Yep. That’s Sam all right. He’ll be sitting there, looking bored, and all you have to do is say, “Waggy waggy,” and the tail will be going so hard the entire Beagle is is shaking. My oldest son thinks this is hilarious, and will say it as soon as he enters any room where Sam is. Sam always gets hugely fussed over for wagging his tail. He likes that.



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