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If he were my dog I wouldn't worry about 'reinforcing' bad behavior with treats, the emotions that are driving the behavior (fear) cannot be reinforced or rewarded. What I would do to help him out, avoid putting him situations where does feel afraid (where possible) and prepare myself with some high value treats, and when he sees a person simply feed the treats, (ideally before he starts to become apprehensive), or drop them on the ground/ floor for him to seek out. The goal is to work at creating a positive association with those things he is fearful of. Over time the association of 'scary' things predict good things for him can be achieved.
 
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