Advice on my boys shy behavior.
I have an 11 month old male gsd that I've had since he was about 9 weeks. My concern is how he shys away from strangers (adults and children). I thought it was something he would grow out of over time but he hasn't yet. I know it is a characteristic of an unsocialized dog but I don't know how that is possible with Kody. Since I first got him I have taken him on hundreds of car rides, to dog friendly retail stores, friends houses, camp grounds, public parks, and dog parks and even festival events with crowds of people. Lets just say I take my dog more places with me than anyone else I know and I don't understand why he isn't more social. Not to mention all the friends that come over and he warms up to and he greets them with kisses the next time. I decided when I got him I would train him myself and so far it has worked out, he knows several commands and I always get compliments on how well behaved he is... but this shyness and having zero interest in getting attention from a stranger is killing me. I want others to see him for the big friendly boy he is and not the dog that looks like he has been abused. More importantly I don't want my dog ever feeling scared/uncomfortable if I can help it. Should I be worried? Should I seek professional help from a trainer or is their things I can try differently? Suggestions please.