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The direction in which a dog wags its tail can communicate its emotional state to other canines, according to a new study published in Current Biology. The Italian research team behind the study says dogs recognize, and respond accordingly, whether other canines wag their tails to the right or to the left. The reason dogs understand the right versus left tail wag, according to the researchers, is because they have asymmetrically organized brains, meaning that the left and right sides of our brains are each responsible for controlling different things, much like humans.
In an earlier study, the researchers found dogs tend to wag their tails to the right when they feel positive, such as when they see their owners. To make their findings the researchers showed their dog subjects videos of other dogs either wagging their tails to the left or right.
Rick Pantaleo maintains the Science World blog and writes stories for VOA’s web and radio on a variety of science, technology and health topics. I know the acquisition of knowledge is never insignificant because of its intrinsic interest and possible unforeseen benefits. I am against these practices, and I am not alone -- I asked a top Rottweiler breeder and a well-known veterinarian to share their thoughts.
Amanda Weber of the Quaking Canopy Kennel is a Nevada breeder who has German-style Rottweilers. Removing a significant amount of cartilage, flesh, and nerve on a newborn puppy causes unnecessary and significant strain on their developing immune system, which she finds to be especially important with a breed prone to parvo and cancer. Herding people have told me that tails get in the way of the dog’s herding abilities. Yes, there are many vets (including myself) who focus on the re-education of our clients and take a stand against cosmetic mutilation by not performing it. Becker: Puppies are going through important behavioral and emotional development stages the first four months of life when these procedures are performed.

I believe that cutting of a tail and cropping ears dramatically impacts a dog’s ability to communicate with other dogs and humans. The bottom line is this: If you are willing to dock tails or crop ears, you are willing to inflict stress and pain on an animal for the price of your idea of canine beauty.
Dogs wag their tails to the left when they experience negative emotions, such as feelings that might be triggered by an unfriendly dog or some other kind of danger. A wag to the right is brought on by activation on the left side of its brain, while activity in the right side of the brain produces a wag to the left. But the team also points out that this behavior could serve a very helpful purpose to people like dog owners and veterinarians as another way to better understand what’s going on with the animal.
When the test dogs saw a video of a dog wagging its tail to the left, their heart rates increased and they appeared a bit nervous.
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One day it occurred to me that she would look tougher with a stubby tail, like a Doberman, so I took her to my vet and had my dog’s tail amputated.
She confirms that it has, but she says that fewer than one in 10 puppy buyers is so adamant about a docked tail that they would choose not to purchase a tailed puppy from her. The immune system is noticeably stronger and more capable when it doesn’t suffer this or any significant trauma during development. Karen Becker, a popular author, speaker and founder of the Therapaw Rehabilitation and Pain Management Clinic in Illinois.
A Great Dane breeder told me that ears must be cropped for health reasons, which she then could not detail. Cutting through the vast network of these nerves is incredibly painful and can lead to chronic neuralgia (phantom pain) in some patients.

However, when the dogs saw another animal wagging its tail to the right, they remained calm. Their feedback confirmed my suspicion about these procedures: They are painful and there is no health reason to do them.
She is a member of no less than 11 professional organizations, including the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management. There isn’t evidence pertaining to any medical benefits of removing body parts or even logical explanations of why the practice continues (other than the horrific truth of fighting dogs having less to bite when ear flaps, pinna, are cut off).
Eye contact, head position, ear position, body posture and tail stance are critical for dogs to communicate naturally and effectively. She delights in the snowy season here, as do her five dogs, two horses, and six adorably cute donkeys.
Both procedures are painful and sadly, often times animals are not supplied adequate pain management, which can lead to these areas of the body being perpetually sensitive.
When we cut off part of their communication system it changes how they are able to send messages and puts them at a social disadvantage. There are currently a handful of states considering making the practice illegal for anything other than medical necessity.

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