Australian Shepherd Extremely Afraid of Humans
So I rescued this amazing Australian Shepherd. Love him. My buddy when we are alone at home. However, he was not well socialized, a skeleton and had mange when I adopted him. He (and his siblings... with other friends) are extremely fearful of other humans. He pretty much goes into a major panic whenever any stranger looks at him.
I now have him wearing a jacket which tells people not to look at him or touch him. But I dream of the day when he might not be so fearful.
He gets a lot of exercise beyond running with my other dogs in the yard (3-5 miles of jogging and walking per day). I know it is in their genes if they are not properly socialized. He is also fearful of drinking from the water bowl and even eating from his bowl... much prefers puddles which of course, I don't let him do. Any success stories?