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And how cool is this?
But there is another, newly discovered, feature of dog body language that may surprise attentive pet owners and experts in canine behavior. When dogs feel fundamentally positive about something or someone, their tails wag more to the right side of their rumps. When they have negative feelings, their tail wagging is biased to the left.
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/04/24/science/24wag.html
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() And how cool is this?

Very cool! I had just finished reading the article via the Language Log blog when your post showed up.
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/04/24/science/24wag.html

Harriet's nub sometimes gets stuck to one side or the other (AKA "the Boxer donut," because their bodies get stuck in a circle at the same time). I'll have to pay closer attention to which direction it points when it gets stuck.
Oh! Wait! We have a right-pointing nub with proto-donut:

http://cat-sidh.net/gallery/displayimage.php?pos=-1019

Shelly
http://www.cat-sidh.net (the Mother Ship)
http://esther.cat-sidh.net (Letters to Esther)
@panix2.panix.com:
() And how cool is this? But there is another, newly discovered, feature of dog body language that may surprise ... the right side of their rumps. When they have negative feelings, their tail wagging is biased to the left. http://www.nytimes.com/2007/04/24/science/24wag.html

Wow, that's fascinating! Thanks for posting it. I will begin my observations (almost) immediately.

Catherine
& Zoe the cockerchow
& Queenie the black gold retriever
& Max the pomeranian
& Rosalie the calico cat
Interesting but here's a question. What does any one thinks it means when the tail goes in twirls like the propeller blade of a helicopter? I never thought a dog could do this till I got Buddy. When he seems really happy his tail twirls and his butt wiggles.
Ceelste
Celeste,
Jack's tail goes around in a circle at about 100 mph as if he should be on a heli-pad. He sounds a lot like Buddy.
I was gonna ask the same question you did.
Be Free..Judy
Howdy All,
My youngest dog has a helicopter tail. And it will go in either direction. This from a Saluki :-)
Frank X. Morris http://community.webtv.net/Sulkhalil/ChimeandFriends
Interesting but here's a question. What does any one thinks it means when the tail goes in twirls like the ... dog could do this till I got Buddy. When he seems really happy his tail twirls and his butt wiggles.

Ditto with Balim, an English cocker spaniel who seems to never stop twirling or wiggling except when she's asleep.

Bob
http://www.kanyak.com
What does any one thinks it means when the tail goes in twirls like the propeller blade of a helicopter?

Helicopter tail always indicated very happy excitement, but we have also encouraged it after seeing it, so that may skew the observation.

DH didn't tell me what he was doing when he was really sweet-talking the girls (like he needs toÐhe sweet talks them all the time...) but both of us could clearly see a right oriented wag (and butt).
@trndny04:
What does any one thinks it means when the tail goes in twirls like the propeller blade of a helicopter?

Pure, unadulterated joy! Zoe gets the circular tail only when she is deliriously happy.

Catherine
& Zoe the cockerchow
& Queenie the black gold retriever
& Max the pomeranian
& Rosalie the calico cat
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