Most dog owners wonder why some dogs display overly submissive behavior and other dogs display dominant behavior. Submissive dogs don’t have aggression issues however, they have a low self-esteem issue which the pack leader should consider treating otherwise his dog will become a fearful dog. To know whether your dog has a submissive behavior problem or not, you should look for the various signs of submissive behavior.

Let’s consider some common signs that your furry companion will display on having a submissive behavior:

  • Tucked-In tail: If your furry companion tucks his tail lowly then it implies that he has submissive behavior. Generally, dogs tuck their tail between their legs when they feel shy or stressed.
  • Avoiding eye contact: In a dog’s world, avoiding eye contact with other dogs and humans is considered a sign of submissive behavior.
  • Submissive peeing: Another major sign of submissive behavior is spontaneous urination. To rule out this issue, the dog owners should consider training him to build confidence in him.
  • Lying belly up: In a dog’s world, lying belly up implies that the dog is displaying submission to your authority.
  • Submissive grin: Submissive grin implies when your furry companion displays a toothy smile combined with other signs like tucked in the tail, no eye contact etc.

So, these are the signs that a dog will display on having a submissive behavioral problem. Sometimes, the dog owners perceived this submissive behavior as manipulative behavior and often end up punishing their furry companion. The dog owner should avoid punishing his dog as then he can result in making in making him more fearful.

If your dog is displaying submissive behavior then you should avoid exposing him to aggressive dogs as it can make him more stressed or anxious. To build up confidence in him, you should expose him to friendly dogs.

To bring change in this behavior, the dog owner should consider making him comfortable around humans and other animals by the way of communication and training. While training him, the dog owner should try to build confidence and rule out submissive behavior in him. The dog owner should consider socializing his furry companion but should never force him to interact with other dogs. Your shy dog will probably take some time to gel up with other dogs. Whenever your dog shows confidence while meeting other dogs then you should consider praising or rewarding him, it will help in boosting up his confidence.