sounds like what happened to my gal-dog. She was a great brave pup until right before her 2nd heat. I suggest going slow when exposing your pup to things. Let her get accustomed to things from a distance. Don't let strangers pet her at their request. I tell strangers to ignore her. If she gets curious and goes up to them then they can pet her. I also celebrate times when she gets past something that bugged her. If your dogs gets a little spooked at something new, it is not a problem if she recovers quickly. That is perfectly normal.
I also started training my dogs in SARs scenarios. We are blessed with a good club nearby. At first my gal was not too sure about straying too far from the parking lot and my other dog. She took a lot of social ques from him. After a few months my gal figured out what the game / puzzle was. Find the person, get a treat, head back to the parking lot. Now she loves it and I was pleasantly surprised when she went straight up to a club member she didn't know before as if to say, "did you see that? I solved it!"
All that to say, see if you can find a sport or hobby that you can do as a team. It will probably help. I think some of the shyness comes from now knowing what to do in a situation and being part of a team helps with that.
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