Recently, my dog’s been keeping his tail tucked under. It used to curl up. What’s wrong?
There are a few reasons dogs will keep their tails tucked between their legs, but most commonly the behavior is a response to pain or discomfort. Many dogs are prone to back or hip pain, for example. Raising the tail can place pressure against these sore areas, so the dog keeps it tucked under.
Dogs will also keep their tails tucked because of emotional distress. When they are depressed, frustrated, stressed, or afraid, they may tuck their tails to demonstrate their emotions. Stressful changes in a dog’s home environment could cause these emotional responses.
Talk to your veterinarian about the change in your dog’s behavior. He or she can check for physical problems that may be causing your dog discomfort, as well as investigating emotional and other causes.
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