Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Denver Colorado USA
A general OB class with other people and dogs is the best way for both of you to gain confidence and do some necessary bonding. Find a good trainer in your area and sign up - classes in basic OB usually run for 8 weeks. Take him around with you and introduce him to new situations. Have a bunch of treats with you to reward or distract. Take it easy at first - don't put him in any place (like a dog park, or crowded Petsmart) where he might feel overwhelmed. If you have a friend with a low key, non-threatening dog, go on walks together - that will show him that other dogs can be friendly and fun. Just remember it takes time and patience, just the way it would with a shy child, to get the result you are looking for. Enjoy your young fellow!
Anja SchH3 GSD
Blue BH WH T1 GSD - waiting at the Bridge