by Hundmutter on 24 March 2017 - 18:03
Which is much the same as Susie and I were saying; many young, esp. males, fly their tails as an expression of excitement / dominance / testosterone. And you can 'work' them out of it, if you don't want to just wait & see if they mature out of doing it. But none of the exercises or training will help, if the tail is genetically too poorly-set.
by Rik on 26 March 2017 - 00:03
If it's an excitable male running around being a male with a high carriage that settles down then it would not be considered gay in my part to the country.
I have heard of breaking the tail, not sure I believe it happens.
by Hundmutter on 26 March 2017 - 06:03
Depends how often the tail carriage is too high, just on testosterone !
When Taz was 18 months and I'd just taken him on, his was flying every minute he was outside. I looked at it and KNEW there'd be no point putting him in a Ring if he was going to do that. I was even concerned that it would go against him when Surveyed (UK version of Korung). But yes, given a bit of 'settling' and some boundaries, it got a lot better. As can be seen cos he's not flying it in my avatar, when he was approx. 3 years. (No Vet needed). OP's own description could relate to either state, its ambiguous (as such enquiries often are, 'cos where they have to ask the question, they often don't know exactly how to describe the problem.) That's why I recommend the OP to take a proper look at exactly what their dog is doing with it's tail ...
by Lunastar on 27 March 2017 - 04:03
by Hundmutter on 27 March 2017 - 05:03
Lunastar, "gay tail" has ALSO evolved over the years to become a
specific reference in Showing to indicate where the dog's tail is carried ABOVE the level specified for a breed in its Standard. These answers are in that context, not just the general one. In those circumstances, it does become something of a 'fault' as it can make the difference in a Judge placing one dog over another.
by jemi on 06 April 2017 - 17:04
by Hundmutter on 06 April 2017 - 19:04
Tail bones are part of the spine, they are not in the least like the cartilage in the ear pinnae. There is no 'bendy' cartilage in the tail structure. So the two are not really comparable. (Also: I have never been completely convinced of the value of ear splinting, most ears will eventually come up unaided, if they are ever going to do so. I am prepared to be corrected, but I am not aware of anyone successfully supporting an adult, injured ear in this way to get a damaged ear to stand again.) A 'gay' tail is natural to the dog, either emotionally or conformationally, and therefore is not an injury.
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