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the tail down thing

Lucky is almost three years old (in Jan he's 3) and in all the time we've had him, I can barely remember his tail not being up (even in challenging situations) but yesterday on line at the post office (yes it's christmas but only one window was open), his tail was tucked between his back legs the whole time we waited, even when he greeted the folks on line who wanted to pet him etc. When we finally made it outside to the street, his tail went up and he perkily walked home, but was this a sign of real stress? And why was he so stressed-on line with people all around...he loves people. Was he picking up on my irritation? I know the tail thing is not always clear cut...but I really worried to see it down and for almost an hour...any thoughts? Experience? thanks

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Panting is a sign of stress and, in my experience, tail down between the legs means that the dog is freightened. Maybe something that you weren't aware of scared him. Sometimes it's hard to tell what makes them react. Luckily, he was back to normal when you left.


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I suspect that if there was a crowd of people, all trying to get their errands done, the "vib" in the P.O. might have been less than totally relaxed. between that and the crowd itself, it might have been a bit too much for him. It sounds like he bounced right back, though, os no harm done! You might want to leave him in the car when you go into the P.O. until after the holidays, and then start bringing him in and having people give him treats (that you provide) when it's less crowded so that he gets over his discomfort there.


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Panting is a sign of stress and, in my experience, tail down between the legs means that the dog is freightened. Maybe something that you weren't aware of scared him. Sometimes it's hard to tell what makes them react. Luckily, he was back to normal when you left.
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Thanks for the great input. Interesting about stress vs. fear. To be honest, I was thinking on the one hand, "I shouldn't have brought you in here" which must not have been too comforting and on the other, "What's the matter with you? You're here with me so you have to feel safe." We'll all be fine come January 2. Happy Holidays by the way to all the kind and supportive Havanese lovers on this forum. Greatly appreciated by us.

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