Hi guys, new here so dropping a hello first.
I have a 8 year old Maltese shitzu that has suddenly become scared of people. Generally men.
I got him 3 years ago, as an adoption, and he has been almost the perfect dog. When I got him he was house trained, could walk off lead, basic commands and loved to play. He's never been a fan of other dogs, but has always loved people.
About a month ago he started acting scared of people. A couple of times he even ran onto the road when someone tried to pat him. He now consistently pulls away and hides behind me if someone tries to pat him. Even people at my work...where I've been taking him in for the last 1.5 years and previously fine. Once again generally men but occasionally women as well. Now I don't walk him off lead on the street anymore.
I've taken him to the vet and he is physically all clear. The only other thing is he sorta on shared custody as neither my ex girlfriend nor I want to give him up. This started not long before his weird behaviour. He also needs knee surgery.
So any help would be great, would love for him to be his normal happy self again.
Thanks in advance Alex
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