Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Tail Wag Dog Crap

Sorry, Scientific American gets the wag doggone wrong:
"The next time you come face to face with a dog wagging its tail, you can make a quick determination on whether to reach out and pet it or step back in deference: check the tail-wag bias. If the wagging tail leans to the dog’s right, you’re safe; if the tail leans to the dog’s left, don’t move."
This is crap science and meaningless when evaluating the aggressive nature of a dog. There are about 10 other characteristics that I would evaluate on a dog before the left- or right-leaning tail wags. In fact, I find such a thing meaningless.


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