Scaredy cat? What about scaredy dog? Some pets may be a little sensitive or shy around new people. Learn how to make your pooch more comfortable and trusting. While dogs are generally thought to be more outgoing pets, they can also be shy or skittish around unfamiliar people and places. However, with a little love and patience, you can get your shy dog to become more social and playful with others. Here are some tips on how to build your pooch’s confidence and help this process.