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My 10 month old mixed breed (large) puppy has had anxiety

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My 10 month old mixed breed (large) puppy has had anxiety issues from the beginning. I fostered him starting at 10 weeks and the organization would not allow me to take him to places to socialize with other dogs or people because they ascribe to the "dogs must have ALL shots before leaving the house" mentality. At the time I didn't know I would eventually adopt him so now I have a thankfully very dog friendly dog, but a very fearful one to people, even my husband. He growls at my husband when they meet in the hall and for the very first time, he grumbled at me today when I walked into the bedroom. I am a trainer as well (positive reward based) I think he may be guarding location combined with his naturally fearful nature. One other of the 9 puppies from this litter displays the same fear, the others are normal, outgoing dogs. He has learned "move" and does it without complaint as does his two canine companions. I need help on figuring out a treatment plan.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Training
Expert:  Sally G. replied 1 year ago.

Hello and welcome. My name is ***** ***** I have been in the dog field for 25 years. I am a Therapy Dog & AKC Evaluator/trainer/ as well as an assistance/service dog trainer, specializing in behavior. It will be my pleasure to help you today.

Was this a puppy mill dog?

What have you tried to get him used to people?