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Features January 2014 Issue

Does Your Dog’s Tail Wag Right or Left?

Looking at which way a dog's tail is wagging is like looking at a mood ring.

Does Your Dog’s Tail Wag Right or Left?

The direction provides clues to his mood.

The idea of different brain hemispheres controlling different aspects of thinking, and feeling, has been preliminarily observed in dogs, too. A couple of years ago, researchers in Italy published a paper in which they observed the tail-wagging direction of dogs presented with four different tail “triggers”: their owners, a cat, a dominant dog, or an unfamiliar person.

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