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Dogs communicate with their owners all the time. They use their body language and actions to ask for things they need, give warnings, or express their affection. People who can interpret their dog’s behavior have a head start in forming a close bond with their pet, which leads to a happy and well-behaved dog. It can also help owners correct bad habits and detect if an animal is unwell. Connect with your beloved companion by learning the meaning behind common canine behaviors.

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1. Tail Wagging

The meaning behind a wagging tail may seem obvious, but there are distinct types of tail wags. Each says something particular about a dog's mood. A tail that is held high and moving fast and wide shows the dog is happy and excited. A slow wag means the dog is less enthusiastic and may be wary. Short, narrow strokes mean the dog is anxious or uptight. Even the direction the tail moves can have special meanings. A tail wagging to the left shows concern, while the right indicates pleasant feelings.

Wide strokes indicate happiness HollyAA / Getty Images
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