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Cairo is my first GSD. She is 11 months old and came from a bad situation but is getting a bit more relaxed but she never wags her tail.

Actually, I have seen her sway it twice. Do GSD not wag their tails in general or just my dog? LOL
 

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Tail wagger, no. Tail spinner, yes! Keystones tail is like a propeller!
 

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Mine wag a slow easy wag, much less brisk than some other dogs I've had. My gal-dog raises her tail high when she gets excited.
 

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Nothing compared to a lab. Labs just wag their tails all the time.

My shepherds are very deliberate about it--they aren't wagging for just nothing. But there are all sorts of wags. My boy has an up high flag wag that he does when he's tracking. My girl used to do the helicopter wag while searching for a toy when we played that game. Her greeting wag is a slow sweeping wag but she is not a big wagger. You'll get like two waves of the tail and that's it. If she is in a happy mood and i stop by to pet her on her bed I'll get like two thumps.

The boy...oh my goodness... if my husband goes to hug him he will just be thumping his tail furiously. Him and his dad really have a thing

The boy...he'll give a big of a tail wave for people he knows but he's not much of a wagger under those circumstances either.
 

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Cairo is my first GSD. She is 11 months old and came from a bad situation but is getting a bit more relaxed but she never wags her tail.

Actually, I have seen her sway it twice. Do GSD not wag their tails in general or just my dog? LOL
Shadow wags and wiggles continuously! It's like trying to grab a wet otter! I swear from her tongue to her tail, everything is constantly moving.
Lex was a lot the same just wiggles and wriggles, tail doing 90.

Bud wagged his tail for Sabi, Sabi acknowledged all adoration she was due with a slowly waving tail. The only time she really wagged her tail was when I saw her after 3 weeks apart. I was sure it would snap off if she wagged it any harder. A lot of my fosters seldom wagged tails. I'm sure it's just an adjustment period.

Nothing like my Dane who dented my fridge and left welts on my legs. Her tail was a weapon.
 

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Shadow wags and wiggles continuously! It's like trying to grab a wet otter! I swear from her tongue to her tail, everything is constantly moving.
Lex was a lot the same just wiggles and wriggles, tail doing 90.

Bud wagged his tail for Sabi, Sabi acknowledged all adoration she was due with a slowly waving tail. The only time she really wagged her tail was when I saw her after 3 weeks apart. I was sure it would snap off if she wagged it any harder. A lot of my fosters seldom wagged tails. I'm sure it's just an adjustment period.

Nothing like my Dane who dented my fridge and left welts on my legs. Her tail was a weapon.
My old yellow dog I always thought maybe was part lab. Mostly shepherd, but the coat was too short and he wagged his tail more like a lab. I took him in this small pet store once with narrow aisles and he was having a grand time. He just about took out the whole aisle with his tail, cleared off a couple of shelves. Kind of embarrassing.
 

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My old yellow dog I always thought maybe was part lab. Mostly shepherd, but the coat was too short and he wagged his tail more like a lab. I took him in this small pet store once with narrow aisles and he was having a grand time. He just about took out the whole aisle with his tail, cleared off a couple of shelves. Kind of embarrassing.
When I had my Sheltie I was working in a ceramic studio. Shelves full of greenware. One of his commands was "don't wag your tail". Customer got really annoyed with me one day, told me I was being completely unreasonable because dogs have to wag their tails.

You want to talk embarrassed. Shadow knocked over a whole display in a petstore and nearly a second one, all because another customer reached out and touched her. She panicked and did her sideways coyote leap. I wish I had a happy tail to blame:frown2:
 

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I have a rescue from shelter- a stray- at first she never wagged her tail at me. Now after 4 months we have these

little signals to each other and if I talk quietly to acknowledge her she gently responds w/ a mini tail wag.

Give your dog more time and whisper/talk. My dog still gets upset if someone in home talks gruffly. She's very

sensitive to the tone of voice- maybe your dog is also.
 

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I have a rescue from shelter- a stray- at first she never wagged her tail at me. Now after 4 months we have these

little signals to each other and if I talk quietly to acknowledge her she gently responds w/ a mini tail wag.

Give your dog more time and whisper/talk. My dog still gets upset if someone in home talks gruffly. She's very

sensitive to the tone of voice- maybe your dog is also.
I am hoping it's a getting adjusted phase. Even my stubby tail Rottie wags his rump like a dancer. LOL

Are far as noise - my house is super quiet except for the loud trumpet intro on THE OFFICE. :wink2: As a female who lives alone- no gruff voices allowed.
 

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Dogs with shepherd temperament seem to be slower to warm up to people, but very devoted after that. It’s one of the things I love about them! It took our rescue several weeks before he showed joy at the sight of us.

( tail note: guitar group friend told us he thought his dog was depressed- had stopped wagging its tail. Other member (vet) said maybe he injured it by whacking it on something, and there is a muscle at the base of the tail that can get sprained. Sure enough, after a couple more meetings, the friend said that his dog was wagging again! )
 
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