When it comes to dogs, personalities are as varied as people’s. In mixed breeds, you can see a wide range of temperaments and you can see this even in purebred dogs, although the latter does have breed standards for temperament. Really, while you can expect some traits, every dog will be slightly different. Some will be outgoing, some will be more affectionate and others will be quite shy. Shyness can be a common trait in dogs that have been rescued due to the trauma they have experienced. However, there are things you can do to boost the confidence of a shy dog and we will go over several tips.
Do I have a Shy Dog?
Shy dogs are different than shy people.
For this reason, not everyone is sure if their dog is shy or not. In fact, shyness manifests itself as fear in a dog. Because of this, the actual symptoms of a shy dog may not be discernible from other problems. In addition, shyness will vary depending on the individual dog, if it has experienced trauma and the overall level of fear the dog has.
However, with that being said, signs that you have a shy dog will be seen during times of stress and fear. During the event, you may see one or all of these behaviors:
- Dilated pupils
- Tucked Tail
- Submissive urination
- Sudden flight
- Raised hackles
- Excessive panting
- Ears flat against the head
- Baring teeth
Dogs that are shy may not exhibit all of these signs and the signs may vary depending on each individual situation. Many dogs try to flee first. If they are unable to flee, they will turn and fight what they are afraid of.