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Hi! Our 8 mo old Toy Aussie is a wonderful dog... except... she is SUPER scared of unfamiliar people as well as kids. We know being cautious of unfamiliar people a normal trait in an Aussie but thought with the right socialization we could get her over this. We got her at 8 wks old and have been slowly doing EVERYTHING we can to help her come out of her shell. We continue to take her to training classes, we try to expose her to new people/places/things as often as possible (while not trying to "over expose" her).
When we first got her she would not go on a walk outside of our yard... and she is doing much better, however, now about once a week she decides she wants no part of walking. She has made some progress but we feel like she is at a stand-still. She is fine with other dogs, and will approach strangers if they have a dog with them. She also does better if she is with another dog while we go on walks (when our friends come over). We are willing to do whatever it takes and spend as much time as it takes. Any of you Aussie owners have any advice?