By normal means, the Clumber Spaniel is not a shy dog. In fact, it is often considered one of the best Spaniels for the family home because they will interact and get along with everyone in the family. To get to this point, all Clumber Spaniels will need some coaching and encouragement, something that all owners must take the time to invest in. If you do not socialize your dog enough, chances are he will become very introverted and shy beyond what is considered reasonable.
It makes sense to start with what the Clumber Spaniel was "designed" for. These dogs are Spaniels, but unlike others that are thought of as agile hunters. Instead, this dog was breed to be the hunter's companion dog. They were often used as companions for exploring and strolling through forested areas on a leisurely walk with his owner. These dogs are less about the hunting feature than they are about pleasing their owners. These dogs were easy going, friendly, and personable animals and held a high regard with their owners because of it.
Socializing Your Dog
The Clumber Spaniel has a positive, solid attitude. He is intelligent, often inquisitive, and good at problem solving. They have a very light and easy going temperament. Most of this is found throughout the breed, but as an owner it does take some coaching and socializing to get your pet to this appropriate level of behavior. In fact, one of the breed's negative character traits can be overly shy dogs that have not been socialized. To accomplish this, keep these things in mind.
You will need to provide a moderate level of socialization for the dog. This means that the dog should be exposed frequently to other people as well as other dogs. When they meet someone new they may become more reserved, drawing back behind their owner. Yet, doing this will only last them minutes as the socialized dog will come out to play in a bit of time. Because they are lower energy dogs, they are less aggressive towards other animals. And, they are easier to win over people because of the charm that they often show. With that in mind, your dog may be an easy dog to socialize.
Be sure to provide thorough socialization to the Clumber Spaniel. Whether structured and organized socialization or just walks in the dog park, the key is to make it consistent. The dog needs to be around other dogs to learn how to interact appropriately with them. Start off with just one dog and work into several. Soon you will find even a tending to be shy Clumber Spaniel will be winning the hearts of all those that it meets. Without this type of training, the dog may end up hiding behind you throughout its life.