Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Albuquerque, NM
My Hector's tail is up and wagging when he's working, too. Well, unless he's actually running of course, but any slower work it comes up and wags. Actually, the more focused he is, the higher his tail gets.
My other dog with a tail, Bandit (Scooter and Wooby were docked before I got them), uses his very differently though. When he's getting ready to herd, he holds his tail almost straight out. He doesn't really wag but it's his ready stance, and he'll give a single wag if I say something to him, like an acknowledgement. And then when he actually works, he uses it almost as a rudder. It's actually really cool to watch how he uses it, and anyone who docks their cattle dogs' tails are doing them a disservice in my opinion.
I love learning about canine body language. They are so expressive once you learn how to read them.
The rowdy dogs:
Hector-2 y/o GSD (mix?) rescue
Scooter-12 y/o ACD/Border Collie mix
Bandit-8 y/o ACD
Wooby-14 y/o ACD
Abutiu "Abi"-ACD puppy and hopeful future SAR dog!