Fear can be a hard thing to deal with when it is YOUR dog.
Whether the issues are caused by poor genetics, lack of socializing or a traumatic experience, we still have to live with and manage the behavior.
Many times we see fear issues pop up as early as 8 weeks of age and the time to address it is THEN. Many people think it will go away, this is not the case and we should never assume this, as it is taking a HUGE risk.
Shy and fearful dogs can be slowly rehabilitated, but they will never develop the confidence and the ability to be a Walmart greeter. They will never be the dog you want them to be if you do not make the effort to introduce them to new people every day.
At 8 weeks of age puppies are generally taken from their litter mates, and placed into new homes, this can make them wary of unfamiliar people. Between 5-8 months they become fearful of strangers, especially men and children.
Fearfulness and aggression can worsen quickly. Once...