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Overly submissive behavior can occur with a lot of dogs, although each one of them will react differently. The most common signs of such behavior include:
- Hiding – Your dog might run away from something and go hide under the bed or in the room.
- Wetting himself – Your dog might begin to spontaneously urinate on some item on the floor. You may see wet areas in the corners as your dog might hide his behavior so that he does not get into trouble.
- Body language – When dogs lower their head or tuck their tail between their legs, it is a clear cut sign of submissive behavior. It is usually observed when they are verbally scolded or if they confront something they fear. The dog bends down to show the fear and might go off and hide afterward.
Submissive behavior has a lot of causes, from fear or strangers to fear of getting into trouble. Fear of strangers is quite common in dogs. Small breed dogs tend to be shy and might exhibit submissive behavior as a result. He will start shaking to show the fear he has when he is around something unfamiliar. They will run behind you or hide behind or under something.Aggressiveness with people or other animals might also cause him to act submissively. If the dog is afraid of a tone that you or somebody else uses, he might tuck his tail in between his legs, bow his head and maybe even start whimpering. Dominant animals assert their privilege by growling or baring their teeth to your dog. This might cause your dog to run and not look in the eye of the other animal.If the dog is abused verbally or physically, it might lead to submissive behavior. The dog might not want to be around certain things or people and might hide run away or just whimper to get away from them.How can you prevent submissive behavior?
From a reward system to encouragement, there are a lot of ways you can help your dog with his submissive behavior. But before you deal with it, you need to understand which submissive behavior he shows. If your dog is showing submissive behavior because of a move to a new environment, give him time to get used to the area. Play with him in the house, give him treats
and give him his own personal space. It could be anything, from his own blanket
to a small bed under the desk.Encourage your dog to spend time with others if you want him to be friendly. He will begin to grow less fearful with time and show a marked reduction in his submissive behavior. Stand next to your dog to show him that it is going to be okay when they are around unfamiliar people. This will help them be more secure and will eventually stop the submissive behavior.