As many of you know, Koda is always nervous around strangers. He usually warms up to women within a minute or so, but he really doesn't like men at all. I had a bunch of friends over a while ago, there were only two men that came and Koda already knew one of them. But the other guy, Koda really didn't like him. So i told him to sit down and let koda come to him and not make sudden movements. But every time Koda came a little bit close to him, my friend would reach out fast to pat him... and koda panicked and backed away. I kept telling my friend to just wait for Koda to come to him but every time he just ignored what i had said. Later on we were all mucking around and this particular friend started running around, i looked over to see that Koda was running around low to the ground, staring at my friend! I panicked and yelled at everyone to stop running straight away. I called Koda over to me and calmed him down, then i locked him in his yard which is separate from where we were.
So after that incident i was basically convinced that Koda would always be like that with men but today my uncle came over.
My uncle is a real dog lover and he has a Greyhound who is very much a nervous dog like Koda is, so he knows how to behave around nervous dogs. Koda reacted the same way to my uncle as he did to my friend at first. But my uncle just sat contently and let Koda come to him while he spoke to him soothingly Within 5 minutes Koda was following him around asking for pats on his rump! it was amazing! I am so pleased, cause it just showed me that Koda really just needs a chance to understand that men are nice and can bring great rewards