Natural DobermanA page for people who love long tailed, floppy eared dobermans. You don't have to have a natural doberman or even own a doberman. You just have to love the breed in all it's forms. We want to celebrate our wonderful intelligent loving companions.
Natural Ears & Tails
Dobie ears and tails are two of my favorite things. My 5 year old natural doberman, Graham, is the sweetest dog in the world. His goofy, fun personality and unbridled enthusiasm for anything I do is so compelling. By nature, I believe Dobermans are loyal, intelligent, affectionate and obedient. Graham is devoted to minding my business and determined to keep me from any trace of loneliness. He protects me from ominous critters that wander into our yard and always volunteers to help with dirty dishes. However, the things I love most are his soft silky ears and ever-wagging tail. I never fail to laugh at his big floppy ears bouncing around when he chases an imaginary foe. I can see at a glance by the position of his tail how he is feeling. Ears and tails, a winning combination especially when attached to a doberman.
Most folks assume that a wagging tail means the dog is happy and friendly and wants to be petted. That wagging has meaning but it is much more complicated than you might think.
Researchers have determined that dogs communicate with the position and motion of their tails. A study in 2013 found that dogs understand the asymmetric tail wagging of other dogs. Apparently a right wagging tail tells other dogs that all is well and a left wagging tail indicates anxiety or stress. This wagging messaging has to do with the fact that the brain’s left hemisphere controls the right side of the body and the brains right hemisphere controls the left side of the body. It seems the left hemisphere is associated with positive-approach feelings and the right hemisphere is associated with negative-avoidance feelings. Tail wagging is morse code that our dogs are sending. The wags reflect a dog’s excitement with the most vigorous wagging related to greatest excitement. In 2007, researchers learned that the way a dog wags its tail sends information on how he is feeling.
In addition to wagging, tail position communicates a lot about how the dog is feeling. When Graham is relaxed, his tail is hanging loosely with a curly bend. If he is nervous or submissive, the tail drops lower and if he is absolutely anxious, the tail is tucked up against his belly. Just with these clues I get a world of information about his frame of mind. But that is not the end of the story. On those rare occasions that Graham feels aggressive, his tail is held in a vertical position. If he is curious, his tail is held straight out. All these emotions spoken in “dog tail” cannot be expressed by dogs with docked tails. Learning to read “dog tail” takes time but with familiarity you can learn to read the signals.