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So I've posted here in the past about my fearful puppy, Odin. He's got two major issues, which seem to be related and yet totally separate. When he was younger, he was fearful and shy. He's always had fear issues, but lately it seems like it's impossible to take him out in public; this is mostly because he seems to be fearful and bold, which is just a nightmare to deal with. Over the past year and a half, we've tried absolutely everything we can.

As a puppy we socialized him very regularly (puppy classes, taking him to work to be around other dogs and humans, dog parks, etc). He started off super shy and quiet, but he began to build confidence around other dogs. His fear issues with humans was still a big problem though. We spoke to 3 different trainers with three entirely different philosophies, and none of them were any help what-so-ever. We tried handling things our own way, with patience and a balanced combination of reprimand(nothing physical or violent of course) and reward.

He seems to do great as long as whatever situation he's in doesn't differ from his expectations. For instance, I took him to work fairly recently and he was amazing; quiet, friendly, calm. Then suddenly, a co-worker decided to bring in his dog as well...Odin became a little monster, growling at everyone and everything.

We've tried every kind of training under the sun: BAT, treating him as part of a pack, very gentle and calm positive reinforcement, the list goes on and on. We're completely at a loss at this point. We've had many ups and downs with him, and there were a few occasions where it seemed like the only option would be to re-home him. Some how we pushed through the toughest times, but it's getting to be a bit ridiculous. His quality of life isn't nearly what I want for him, because anytime we take him out it ends up being an awful experience for everyone.

We have no clue what to do next, so I though I'd post my story here and see if anyone has any ideas or advice.

Thanks guys!
 
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