debbiebrown said "off leash this dog has all the confidence in the world, because if there is what he thinks is a threat he feels he can get away"
But he doesn't have all the confidence in the world. In fact his confidence has not improved . It remains the same as if he were on leash. What has improved is his options . He can flee.
If you want to help the dog don't have people come at him directly frontal approach. Have them come at an oblique angle , no drilling eye contact .
I did rehabilitation for a US broker of import German dogs , mid- 80's . Socialized the heck out of them and then they were shipped to the importer where they went on to homes or what ever clients.
Best training ground for me ever .
You don't use pressure . Flooding is too much for the system.
Always work within the capacity of the dog . Lot of observation.
the dog is an observer , later when signs indicate readiness the dog becomes a participant . You observe all the time. Your part is to find the right timing .
Diet plays a role . Started reading The UltraMind Solution: Fix Your Broken Brain by Healing Your Body First: Mark Hyman MD: Amazon.com: Books
. Some very good points about mind - gut connection. Foreword by Martha Herbert M.D , Ph.D, Assistant Professor of Neurology , Harvard Medical School and Director of Transcend Research Program , Massachusetts General Hospital , alone is worth the price of the book .
For the 14 week old --- dark always arouses heightened suspicion .
Don't push it . You haven't had the dog that long . Let your bond cement more and have the dog trust you.