Conversely -- I am massively comfortable with my dog any time, anywhere because previously I had a service dog (long story, seizures from head trauma, I got better, didn't replace when my dog retired/passed). I have had my dog at Disneyland, jury duty, the Monterey Bay Aquarium, dog training, Wal-Mart on a Sunday, you name it. No fear.
My current dog is a bundle of nerves. Like shivering nerves. Afraid of people, dogs, buses, worried sick about anything and everything tht might harm us.
I go to vet yesterday, me and the sheltie sitting on the bench chatting with people, looking out the window, my boy literally cowering under the bench. New vet -- never been there, no bad memories. He could hear traffic. Dogs walked by the window as did people.
While not answering nervous people = nervous dogs, I can answer confident people can have nervous dogs. Can have a nervous one and a solid one side by side in the exact same environment.
What you may be sending in your example is the "protect me" signal. Not the same as fearful and weak-minded. There have been many times were I have had a nervous moment and my SD would puff up and go protective, once where I was in danger and someone was coming at me and he barked once and blocked, other times when I was a little uneasy and to that his response was much lesser with just a steady warning gaze to someone to give space.
The "protect me" thought is way different than saying a dog is fearful, aggressive, and anxiety-filled.
Cara -- Central CA
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Last edited by Cara Fusinato; 05-21-2014 at 04:17 PM.