As a Mesa pet sitter I am provided with plenty of opportunities to educate pet parents and the general public about how to prevent dog bites when working with shy and fearful dogs. Jenna Trethewey, owner of Play Time Pet Care, says “It’s important to recognize the signs of fear and anxiety in dogs.”
Here are some obvious signs that a dog is shy or fearful. Some people may not recognize a dog is fearful or anxious if the dog is exhibiting signs of the slight cower.
Some other signs that aren’t so obvious to the average person that isn’t familiar with dog body language are:
Pet sitting in Mesa has given me plenty of opportunity to observe all of these behaviors. I know that just because a dog is wagging their tail it doesn’t mean it’s happy. When we are meeting with new dogs we see these behaviors all the time.
Some behaviors that might not make sense: