Insecure dogs can be a hassle to deal with. They are a lot more likely to lash out and bite someone. If you have an insecure dog for a dog, but you suspect is insecure, you need to help them.
Luckily there are a few signs that you can keep an eye out for to determine if they are insecure. In this article, we are going to show you how to do this.
Once you know how to recognize, it is important that you also understand how they got that way and what to do. Because if you are able to identify why they are acting that way, you can fix it. Once you have removed the source of insecurity from your dog’s life, they should start to be more competent again.
Even if it is strange that your dog is feeling insecure, suddenly, they are still your dog. You owe it to them to try and do your best to help out.
They may not be able to communicate to you exactly what is going on, but that does not mean you should not try to help. Now let’s get started with that list of how to tell your dog is acting insecure and why they are.
Is your dog normally afraid of things?
One of the easiest ways to tell that your dog is feeling insecure is by looking for signs of fear. This is especially easy to see if your dog is normally not afraid of much.
Dogs that are afraid will scrunch their body up to become smaller. They may even try to hide so that way they feel safe. If you see your dog acting like they are afraid of something, you can either remove it or try to train your dog past the fear.
How self-confident is your dog normally?
Depending on how long you have owned your dog, you probably have a good idea of their natural confidence levels. Some breeds are naturally more confident than others.
If your dog is normally very confident in themselves, it will be easy for you to see when they are no longer acting that way.
Does your dog display signs of anxiety?
Insecurity in dogs will display very similar traits to anxiety. You can actually look for a lot of the same types of behaviors. When a dog is feeling anxious, they may start to growl or even try to bite. If you notice your dog is displaying these types of behaviors, proceed with caution.
You will need to do your best to calm them down. However, in the meantime, you need to also understand that they are unpredictable right now.
Is your dog from a breed that is known to be insecure?
Some breeds of dogs are known to be more insecure than others. Typically the dogs that are the most insecure will be the smallest dogs.
Many of these dogs will act like they are super tough. The truth of the matter is that these dogs are pretty much terrified all of the time. Just imagine living in a world where everything outsized you buy order of magnitude. That would be a fairly terrifying world to live in.
Has there been any stressful conditions in your dogs life lately?
Sudden changes in your dog’s life for the introduction of a new stressor can cause insecurity. If you guys have moved recently, that could definitely be the reason why your dog is acting insecure now.
If you haven’t moved recently, try to think about any possible changes in your dog’s environment that have happened lately.
When was the last time you took your dog to the vet?
Insecurity can also be the result of a medical condition. If your dog is feeling sick, they do not often have the ability to tell us. Also, if they do not have a visible injury on their surface, you may not think that there is anything medically wrong.
If your dog is normally a secure dog and they are suddenly acting very insecure, take them to the vet. It could be that your dog has some kind of illness you were unaware of.
Your female dog could be in heat
Female dogs that have not been fixed go through a cycle called heat, where they are receptive to reproduction. When they are in heat, their hormones are going crazy.
One of the effects that this can have on your dog is the appearance of insecurity. If you have an unfixed female dog and they are in heat, that is almost certainly the reason why they are acting insecure.
Is your dog hiding a lot?
Most of the time, whenever a dog is feeling insecure, they will try to avoid other people. If you notice that your dog is hiding a lot, and that is not their normal behavior, they are probably insecure.
Whenever they are hiding, it gives them a sense of security that is outside of themselves. Since they do not feel secure in themselves, they are seeking what they lack externally.
Does your dog seem to be avoiding you?
Has your dog been avoiding you lately? Ask yourself whether they normally act like this is not. If your dog is normally a very cuddly creature, but now they are avoiding you, they are probably insecure.
Work with your dog to help boost their confidence. Once they feel more confident, they should stop avoiding you.
Is your dog displaying unusual signs of aggression?
Whenever a dog is feeling insecure, they can start to display signs of aggression. Aggression from insecurity is fear-based.
Your dog may feel like they are under threat and need to defend themselves. Be careful whenever you are dealing with a dog that is feeling this way. They can be unpredictable, and you do not want to get hurt.
Has your dog been acting submissive lately?
One more way that dogs manifest their insecurity is by acting submissively. If your dog is submitting to you very easily, they might be insecure.