Every day millions of parties request Google lifes most difficult questions. Zoologist and scribe Jules Howard refutes this one
As luck would have it, this is rather a prescient question for me right now. At home, we are attempting to coax a neurotic four-year-old out of a dog-bite shunning proficiency that works as follows. Upon interpreting from great distances any four-legged animal that may or may not be a pup, the four-year-old explains an flee response that involves her climbing the torso of the very near adult and roaring an ear-piercing lyric of horror that is deeply flustering to her zoologist father-god. Her new-found fright of puppies is comprehensible, however. Our pet “cat-o-nine-tail”( he of” milky-eyed motherfucker” popularity) is now no more after being killed by two huskies that had escaped in the night from their owners. While interpreting this news to the four-year-old, the two specific terms “DOGS” and “KILLED” seem to have become clogged-up somewhere in the digestive arrangement of her cognition, hence the sudden phobia which we are working hard as their own families to resolve.
Tail wagging, I tell her( as she climbs me like a tree upon meeting a hamster-sized bichon frise puppy approaching at our neighbourhood ballpark) is a good show of the friendliness of a dog. Dogs with wagging tails are the friendly ones, I say. Don’t be scared of the wagging ones, I tell her. But … well, you and I know that this dog control advice is a bit of a fudge. Like a situation, a wag decorates a million words. But not all of them are love stories.
To get a feel for why pups wag their posteriors, it helps to remember that hounds are mammals well adapted for sociality. This is because in wolves( from which pups advanced) a sincere threat to life is living alone. In very few clients does it help for a wolf to be ostracised from the group. This is because lone wolves are treated with deep angst by other wolf packs, who are eager to defend their territories. For instance, territory engages may be behind up to 65% of wolf fatalities in some populations in parts of the US. To stay alive, men must fit in. And to fit in, social animals must signal their contentment- their goal not to rock the boat.
A dog’s tail is, quite literally, a happy pennant. The more the flag wavings, the more everyone knows a dog is happy and content and obviously in no way seeking to overthrow the alpha raise duo and start a vicious turf conflict leading to local societal collapse and the canine equivalent of a season of Game of Thrones.