Just like people, dogs all have their own personality traits and temperaments. Not every dog can be the most social canine at the dog park, so if your sweet pooch is a little on the shy side, don’t despair. A dog’s breed, upbringing, and individual instincts all come into play when it comes to the level of social interaction he’s comfortable with.
Below are three categories dogs often fall into when it comes to sociability:
The Team Player
Some breeds, like the Beagle, Basset Hound, or Foxhound, are known for their ability to work as a team to catch prey. Commonly referred to as pack dogs, theses canines are more likely to get along with other doggie friends.
Some dog breeds were originally bred to protect against predators or intruders (which might include other dogs). These breeds might include the Chow Chow and the Akita. Protective canines are less likely to want to run and play with other dogs.
The People Lover
Some dogs are so interested in their human companions that other dogs don’t do much to spark their interest. These might include the American Pit Bull Terrier or the King Charles Spaniel. This type of personality sometimes gets along with fellow canines, but they still might prefer the company of their human best friend.
Beyond these three basic types, there are many different variants in personality. Dogs of any breed should probably stay away from the dog park if they’re exceptionally shy, fearful, aggressive, or seem otherwise uncomfortable around other dogs. Exposure to many different people, dogs, and situations early in life can help dogs with their social skills, but some dogs just aren’t cut out to be best friends with their fellow canines. If your dog is on the introverted side, there are plenty of other options for exercise and stimulation including walks, hikes, and agility training. As always, if you have any serious concerns, be sure to consult with a veterinarian or an animal behaviorist.