Well, my boy came back from his walk with his tail between his legs - literally While playing with another dog, he must have damaged it and can only manage a very pathetic wag. It's amazing how much a part of doggy language the tail is.
Hi, according to my vet it is quite common for labs to hurt their tails. He calls it 'coffee table tail' because a lot of them do it by wagging against coffee tables. It is also common for them to do it whilst swimming, especially in cold water or if they haven't been swimming for a while. Poppy has done it twice like this. She is a real wimp and squeals if she thinks something might hurt her and was not impressed at all. I think she had anti-inflammatries to ease the pain, otherwise it was just a matter of time. They do look sad with their droopy tails don't they?
Hi Clair,yes Dylan does that too,and dont they look so cute,i love him doing that and trying to carry half a tree which he has got from the woods and the neighbours coming out to laugh,he just soaks up the attention.Ben used to do it too but can't remember Sam doing it.Lynne.
Thanks for your good wishes. He's on rimadyl and think he's probably torn some ligaments so will mend. The funny thing is when he goes to wag his tail and ends up chasing it!
John - poor Sparky - it's very true tails play an important part of doggy language - and not just wagging them. This can cause problems in docked breeds too, particularly when they have been docked too short.