The Bark Stops Here

Here's where I'll post odds and ends of interest: Upcoming local events, health bulletins and announcements. Periodically, I will post an original article addressing dog training and behavior. In addition, please visit the Southport Veterinary Center Blog page by clicking here, where I am a guest author. So check back often to see "The Inside Poop".


Book Review/Mention

Please visit the link below to read about Imp, The Imperfect Pup on Goodreads for the month of November by clicking here.


Please visit the link below to read the article "No Bad Dogs" in the November-December 2012 issue of townvibe.


"No Bad Dogs - Jody Rosengarten teaches fairfielders how to be better dog owners" by Robin H. Phillips

The Daily Westport

I will be writing a recurring column for The Daily Westport addressing various dog behavior problems as well as answering questions from pet owners. Please visit my column at The Daily Westport by clicking here.

Radio Show

I am a sit regular guest on the phone-in radio show, David Smith's Exchange, WICC 600AM. I will be live usually the first Monday of every month from 3:00pm to 4:00pm. You are welcome to call with questions at (203) 333-WICC (333-9422) or toll free at (800) 922-6060 or via the internet at If you would like any additional information please email me by clicking here, and please be sure to include your contact information and email address.


New Articles

But his tail was wagging

(Posted December 1, 2017)

The tail wag is an extremely ambiguous piece of body language. In describing the circumstances leading up to a dog's biting, I am often told, "But his tail was wagging".

It is true that the sweeping, horizontal wag is a happy, friendly sign, but did you know that an upright tail wag could be a dominant display while a low wag is a sign of submission? A rigid wag represents arousal and a slow, low wag suggests uncertainty. And what about dogs whose tails are docked or the perpetually erect tail of many terriers? Hunting dogs wag ecstatically as they catch and kill their prey just as the tracking dog does upon cornering his quarry.

In assessing a dog's approachability, look for an overall relaxed demeanor - eyes, mouth, ears and hackles. And, even if the above welcoming signs exist, an otherwise friendly dog may feel threatened by a stranger touching the top of his head and snap nervously at the misguided appendage. It is therefore always best to pet a new dog's chest.

Because the tail wag is so easily misinterpreted, no matter how wiggly the do''s rear end appears, when in doubt, I wouldn't touch.

Good luck!

Jody Rosengarten
The Bark Stops Here
(203) 372-BARK

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