Fortunately, Luna's new family are sensitive to her needs and pick up on her trepidation. They make accommodations to mitigate Luna’s nervousness about bathing! Unlike an anxious dog that has developed a fear of being bathed, or just generally experiences a heightened anxious or fearful state, nervousness is a natural and normal reaction to an unknown, unfamiliar and possibly frightening situation. A dog that is nervous about having a bath may not be afraid of baths, but just not sure what to expect. This makes a nervous dog easier to bathe then an anxious one, you just need to give your nervous dog some comfort and direction so that she is comfortable with the situation.
Dogs, like most animals, can react with caution to new or strange situations until they are confident that they do not present a danger. This is a normal and natural reaction that animals have developed to keep themselves safe from possible harm. If a dog is not sure what to expect in an unfamiliar situation, they may become nervous and extra vigilant as a way to be ready to fight or fly if danger presents itself.
Bathing a dog can present several unfamiliar sights, sounds and sensations that your dog may be nervous about because he is unsure what is expected of him or if they will hurt him. A nervous dog is not necessarily a dog that is fearful by nature. Working with your dog to slowly introduce him to the new situation at his own pace will help alleviate much of his nervousness and, as long as you are patient and gentle and instill confidence in your dog that he can trust you, future baths should elicit less and less nervousness as he learns what to expect.