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Tail Carriage

Discussion in 'Sheltie Chat' started by ghggp, Sep 4, 2017.

  1. ghggp

    ghggp Premium Member

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    IMG_4658.JPG IMG_8295.JPG Has anyone run into this, Tail Carriage changing?

    When I got Logan he was a retired show dog. He always carried his tail down unless he was moving and then his tail was never raised higher than his back.

    Now his tail flips up when he stands like a Pom! What's up with that!

    Not that I care much since he is just beloved pet. Just curious why this is happening now!

    I have attached a few before and after shots so you can see what I am talking about!
     
  2. RikyR

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    Cody did the exact thing, but only when he was on alert. We adopted him when he was 5, not sure if he did this all the time, or it happened later in life. Zulu so far has never raised his tail much higher than his back. This was one of the things I noticed that was very different about their behaviours. BTW, that is a nice group photo!
     
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  3. Hanne

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    What beautifull dogs you have there:)

    I guess it has something with confidence / self-confidence to do - Minnie has mostly high tail. :lol:
    When we go to unknown places, it's not that high :hide

    Do not know if that's the case with Shelties.
    With GSD they almost always carried the tail "normal" :biggrin2:
     
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  4. ghggp

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    That is so funny that tail carriage can vary so much!

    This never happened with any of my previous shelties!
    Glad to know other are seeming to have the same issue!
     
  5. ferg

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    Having spent a large part of my life on a farm I can tell you, all animals including Shelties, raise their tail when they are excited, scared, alert to a new sound or

    other folks walking their dogs on the street/road. Both of ours have always done this even when puppies. Of course Laddie's is the most "Showy". IMG_0932.jpg All animals don't actually raise their tail as high as others.
     
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  6. ghggp

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    Good lookin boy!
     
  7. Ian & Danielle

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    Drake has many spots for his tail,...... For the most part at home in his domain, it sits down-ish, but comes up when he gets excited..... When outside it tends to be more horizontal and comes up when he romps or is about to meet either new people or new dogs.

    We have such a friendly environment here for dogs that hardly anyone has their dogs on a leash when outside the village proper,..... When in the main village, we have Drake on a leash (which he hates,..... "I'm a big boy guys,.... I know what I'm doing & where I'm at !! " ),.... We have also trained him to sit & wait for an invitation to greet another dog that he has not yet met,.... His playmates are another matter all together as they go into romp mode almost immediately. ...... This has actually served us very well as last summer I had Drake out for his morning nature call & for what I thought was no reason at all, he promptly sat down. Looking about for another dog, I spotted a black bear just roaming out from behind a building about 60 yards in front of us. Drake was waiting for his "invite" to go greet the bear..... We about turned & walked back home with honor intact.....

    This was when we were out & about in Feb 16 ...... We had been walking for about an hour along some of the village trails & Drake decided he needed a bit of a zoomie,...... & then along came a strange dog.....

     
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  8. RikyR

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    Great video! Drake is one well behaved handsome fellow!
     
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  9. Ann

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    The correct carriage for a gaiting show Sheltie tail is straight out behind. But excitment or something really big like a squirrel sighting will change that and the tail will go up! Was Logan anticipating dinner or a cookie when you took the picture? :)
     
  10. ghggp

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    Actually, yes... a cookie was what he wanted! He stares at the cookie jar after he comes in from doing his business outside! He figures he should get a treat for it!!!
    Go figure... not spoiled at all!
     
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