For the Love of Dogs

PeanutI wasn’t really planning on doing a ‘doggie’ article buhhh…..

Our dogs’ inability to communicate verbally means that they let us know what they are thinking and feeling through physical actions and cues. Take the way they tilt their heads to the side, for example – this is apparently their way of letting us know that they care.

Here, we are looking at the equally well-known doggy behaviour of putting their tails between their legs. We know, as the common saying also used for humans implies, that it indicates that the dog has done something wrong. But is there more to it?

Biologist and professor at City University in New York, Dr Nathan Lents, told the Daily Mail that this action is in fact called an “apology bow.” And, although we are right to assume that the dog has misbehaved when it adopts this stance, the root of the action goes a little deeper.

When we see our dogs with their heads hanging low and their tails between their legs, they are becoming submissive to their master. This is an evolutionary hangover from wolf pack mentality and is a way for the dog to beg its superior canine to not push it out of the pack due to its bad behaviour.

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Nowadays, of course, the master and superior canine is us and the pack is our family. Basically, the dog is using its head and tail to say “please don’t disown me because I destroyed one of your favourite cushions.”

This would be the ultimate punishment for our pooches as they are a species who “crave harmonious integration,” explains Dr Lents.

Writing for Phycology Today, Dr Lents says: “While it may seem like a trivial action, it is actually involved in multiple fairly sophisticated social behaviours. In wolves, juveniles first begin to display the apology bow as they begin their social integration. Dogs have inherited this behaviour and they will use it after any kind of infraction that results in being punished.”

So, the next time you come home and see your beloved pet with its tail between its legs, take some solace in the fact they at least know that what they have done is wrong – just use some training techniques to make sure they don’t do it again. Your cushions will thank you, too.

I’d do a follow up article on this though…dogs are intriguing beings just like other animals out there, ‘they’ are intelligent sometimes more than we so-called higher beings!!!

My next article is gonna be on socks though!!! Don’t go nowhere!!!! Cheerio!

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