I thought Dance was getting better with strangers, but apparently not. If anyone looks at her out in public she'll put her tail between her legs instantly and growl at them with huge, very frightened eyes. And sometimes she lets out a high pitched, squealy alarm bark. If she's extremely scared, she'll even hang herself at the end of her leash and then hide behind me. She's been very shy since I got her, and I did socialize her to the best of my ability. She went absolutely anywhere and everywhere with me, and I made sure she didn't run into any bad experiences. I tell people to please not make a lot of eye contact, don't touch her, and don't talk to her too much as all of those things make her very nervous. The problem comes in that the general public (and not-so-dog smart relatives) doesn't understand why you shouldn't stare at a nervous dog, and their first reaction is to stare directly at her and talk to her in a high pitched baby voice, and then reach out to pet her... after I politely asked them to let her get to know them first. If people follow my 'rules' she will warm up to them eventually (depending on the person, eventually can be anywhere from an hour to three days). I've tried for a year to get her used to people by taking treats out with me and giving some to the people to give to her. She'll take the food, but backs away really quickly. Now because that isn't working, I have people telling me to just force her to let the people touch her by dragging her into them. I don't like that idea, and I think it'll probably just turn her into a fear biter. At our last show in February, she was wonderful the first day and didn't cower at the judge at all. In fact, she wagged her tail and gave him her classic goofy grin when he went over her. The second day though, she flattened herself on the ground. I thought she'd be disqualified, but I guess because she was still a puppy he forgave her. I know she'll never love strangers, but she needs to at least tolerate them... and perhaps even like them a little bit. I know she has the potential as she is hit and miss - some days she's incredible with people, and others she's as I described above. I wish people could see the Dance I know and love. Instead they just see a public nuisance. I just lack the knowledge of how to get her over this, and I can't find a trainer in my area who's techniques I agree with as far as this behaviour. So, any help would be greatly appreciated and I hope my post makes sense. If not, please let me know.