Timid Dogs - A Bit Afraid at First

Best traits

  • Timid dogs generally have exceptional dog skills and are often very submissive with their peers.
  • They can be shy at first but are very loving and over time they will become more comfortable and confident. 
  • Timid dogs bond deeply with the people in their home once a proper welcome has been made.

Best match

Timid dogs often do best in homes with other dogs and in some instance require them. They are particularly good in homes where dog social skills are highly valued. They tend to prefer a quieter lifestyle and they may be timid around men in particular. Single women and mature couples are often a good match. Timid dogs can do well with kids who are quiet and gentle. Suburban or rural life are better than urban settings.

A Personal Story

By Wendy Finn, Lab Rescue Volunteer 


I adopted Tank as a partner dog for a confident and well socialized older dog. He was quick to follow her lead when interacting with people and also became more social when I started throwing handfuls of treats in the air when the doorbell rang. Now the problem is he is sooo happy to have company he will jump all over them. I greatly appreciate Tank’s doggie social skills and I don’t mind that he is hesitant with strange men who approach us on the street! I am, too!