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Why is my dog walking with her tail sideways


Why is my dog walking with her tail sideways?

I've been having this issue with my new puppy and I'm not sure if it is the right thing to do or not. When she is sleeping or playing with someone, her tail is laying sideways. I feel like she wants to keep that part of her body hidden. Should she always have it tucked in or out?

What do you think?

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My 2 year old Golden retreiver will not allow anyone to pet her tail...it's either tucked to the side or all the way off. She will allow people to pet her head though. It doesn't matter if its a female or male, they are both the same.

My 5 month old Pembroke Welsh corgi was the same. When I would try and touch the tail, it would flip back. We got him a couple of months ago from the humane society, and had him neutered recently. My vet has told me it's a pretty normal behavior.

Yes, she should have it tucked or off to the side at all times. The only exception would be if it is really cold, and she is going in the house where she will be in the house with people, and it would be uncomfortable.

A friend of mine's dog, a Doberman Pinscher, also did that to. She would let her tail flap a bit and then she would go back to her usual behavior.

I had a Jack Russell Terrier when I was younger and she used to cover her tail with her paw.

The only other thing I can think of is she may have been abused somehow. Or maybe her dad is very protective of her.

I've had this happen on two occasions with my dog. He used to flop around his butt and tail on the ground. It would not come back up. I asked a Vet about it and he suggested that it was his tail being pushed into his hind end. This was the only time it happened and then my dog stopped doing it, so we never had to find out if he was right.

We do have a lot of birds at my house so I'd keep that in mind also.

When I was young my dog used to cover his tail. That didn't last, but for a while he would roll his butt around, exposing his tail.

My dog is like that. She has always been that way. I didn't know about the tail part of it until I was reading some of the posts. She was getting a bit of tail tugging when we first got her, but it stopped after that. I know it was that, because when she gets anxious or nervous she lifts her tail up and lets it fall. That happens if she is tired too. She was never abused but was spayed recently.

My new 2.5 y/o dog just showed this behavior too! Tail tucked on her side or off to the side and this behavior is new! I have noticed she only does it when she is alone with me, and when we are alone together! I haven't yet seen her do it with other people so I would say there is a strong likelihood she was abused or neglected when she was young. It is not just at home, either! She does this in the car and while being car-sitted with friends!

We have 3 Golden Retriever mixes, 3 labs and 2 Shetland Sheepdogs. They are all very social animals and the Shetland Sheepdog in particular is very affectionate.

My first Golden mix was a little over a year old, and his tail was always either tucked on the left side or completely tucked out of sight when we were with other dogs. When he got older he was neutered and I noticed that his tail became more loose.

Our 2 year old Shetland was raised around dogs. The 2 year old mix of ours was never socialized, but the 3 year old Shetland has socialized easily since she was a pup. She was never hit or abused in any way but was just given more space than other dogs.

The 3 year old Shetland is very protective of my husband and I. When other dogs come near her she growls at them and backs off if she gets a threatening look in their eyes. My husband and I have had to restrain her several times when we see other dogs approaching us. She is a very protective dog. She also seems to have a strong affinity for our other dogs, she seems to get excited by the attention of our 3 year old Labrador retriever and our 7 year old Jack Russell terrier mix.

Both of our 3 year old GSD mixes have shown this behavior of tucking their tails between themselves and the ground. It started as a puppy about 10-11 months old. It wasn't the tail going sideways, it was the tail tucked and laying flat between their legs. When it got to be obvious to me and the other people in the house that it was a habit, we spayed them. I was pretty sure it was because they were abused or neglected as a puppy. I was able to confirm it when I called my neighbor who has a 6 year old GSD. She said it was normal for puppies. They do it because it feels comfortable to have their tail tucked between their legs. Once they grow up they get used to not doing it and don't do it anymore. My neighbor also said that her dog started doing it at the age of 5-6 months old.

This is very common for Golden Retrie


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