I wanted to break down how I look for the right "pose" with scared or timid dogs. My model for this example is Peter. He's available for adoption at the Humane Society of Northeast Georgia, and he was one scared little guy. Scared dogs are very hard to get portraits of, but it's definitely possible. Here's how I went about it.
For these photos, I had the dogs on a bench with a quilt thrown over it. This was just in a grassy spot beside the shelter.