Friday, November 01, 2013

The tail wags the dog

Giorgio Vallortigara, a neuroscientist at the University of Trento, has come to the conclusion that happy dogs wag their tails more vigorously to the right whilst anxious ones wag to the left and that other dogs appear to respond to that. Dogs in his tests were happy when they saw food or their owners and stressed when they saw aggressive looking dogs. He then fitted 43 dogs with heart monitors and showed them films of dogs with tails wagging one way or the other. When they saw the left-tailers, the observing dogs' heart rate increased, they looked away and lifted their paws.
He also concludes that left-brain activation causes the tail to wag to the right and right-brain activation drives the tail to the left. This leads him to suggest that if you want a good response from a dog, you should approach it from its left-hand side.
What do my doggy readers think?


Anonymous kinglear said...

This has been known a long time by doggie people. They also know it's not what you say to a dog, it's the tone you use which tells it whether it is good or bad....

1:25 pm  
Anonymous Portinari said...

OK so what about dogs 'down under'? Is it the same as the bath water which swirls the other way round?

12:47 pm  
Blogger Winchester whisperer said...

Woof woof KL!

Let down under dogs lie, Portinari!

10:01 am  
Blogger Welshcakes Limoncello said...

I'm with kinglear. Simi says she wags her tail any way she likes!

10:26 pm  
Blogger Eurodog said...

I am observing Ozzy and will report back.

3:10 pm  

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