Scottish Terrier Question

My Scottie pup (5 months) has a wonderful tail but rarely keeps it erect when we're at the park...


My Scottie pup (5 months) has a wonderful tail but rarely keeps it erect when we're at the park where there are other, more dominant (and older) dogs. I understand that, among dogs, the tail is used to signal the dog's place in the hiearachy, but I've also read that Scotties' tail default position should be the erect one, while if I had to I'd say his default position is the horizontal one (he is calm but not a fearful puppy); he is a show prospect, do I have a problem?

    In Scottish Terrier - Asked by Anonymous - 5/22/2012 6:15:31 PM
Your Scottie's tail position indicates he is comfortable in his surroundings. Tucked down would indicate fear/discomfort. An erect tail can be a sign of feeling either energetic or aggressive. I think it means that you have a Scottie you can trust around other dogs. My experience with Scotties is not in the show ring. Someone else would have to answer to that, but I would imagine it would simply be part of training for the ring. Your Scottie can differentiate between "chillin' at the park" and "showing off in the ring."
    Answered by Anonymous - 10/3/2012 2:41:42 PM