Most people believe that all dogs are just naturally happy and love to be around people. You know they always say, “A dog is a man’s best friend”. This is true for a large portion of the time, but there are exceptions. Some dogs, as with people, can be mildly to aggressively nervous around other people and dogs.
A dog’s nervous behavior around others is normally caused by experiences they have encountered in the past. At birth, they were put into a nurturing and safe environment with their mother. They also learned that it was fine to be around other animals because of their natural experiences with their litter mates. The “nervous around people” problem arose from experiences they had after that.
Robin and I have five dogs that all came from rescue situations. We always encourage people to rescue dogs when they are looking for a new furry friend. Rescue dogs are great, but they can also come with issues. If they were abused, hurt, frightened, or hurt by people in the past, they may naturally have an aversion to be around people. We will never know what actually happened, but we can take actions to resolve the nervous behavior to have a wonderful dog.
Robin and I have a great dog training article regarding “Working With a Dog that is Very Nervous of People” that will teach you how to calm and sooth your dog. Please check out the article today to calm your dog’s fears.