Shy dogs always expect the worst from the world, are always apprehensive about “dangers” and “enemies” around them and ready to take off and hide at any moment.

The main reason why it’s hard to interact with a shy dog is because their reactions are often unpredictable.
Even a shy dog’s human is not capable of predicting what and when their pet is going to find scary.

And fear can cause different reactions: fleeing, freezing or even aggression.

🐶How do shy dogs come to be?

A dog of any size, breed or age can turn out to be fearful.

This behavior might be rooted in genetics, negative experience or insufficient socialization.

Unfortunately, it’s quite difficult to correct genetic predisposition or lack of socialization.

Such a dog will always be shy, and we, as their dog parents, can only mitigate their fear a bit, and build our dog’s life avoiding scary objects as much as possible.

In the case when there were no early behavior problems, but a dog became shy as a result of some negative experience, like abuse or trauma, there is a chance to correct the situation to a certain extent.

The problem of canine shyness cannot be solved by training.

A whole correction program should be organized, a program aimed at raising a dog’s confidence and creating predictable environment which allows the dog to control the situation.

Shy dogs need a calm and collected behavior from their humans, with no harshness or violence. They also need special life conditions that will help them feel safe.
Stay tuned for more information on how to help dogs that tend to be very shy!