Pit/Patterdale 6 mo pup Fearful...Help?
I have a Pitbull Patterdale terrier mix pup that is 6 months. He is great around me, my gf, and our shih tzu with some supervision.
He has always been a bit cautious and shy. Took me about 1 month to get him to respond to leash walking. But ive noticed that he is rather fearful and hesitant. His emotions are all in the eyes. Anyhow, he does bark and show aggression towards us when I pick him up face to face, or attempt to cut his nails and when taking his ear crop tape off.
When around strangers, he is shy and is always looking to run in flight. When they get close, he yelps and snarls attempting to bite. I've noticed he does similar things around other dogs of all types. He is shy and tucks his tail. After some time though, I notice he opens up, and acts friendly towards them with some curiosity. A lot of times though, when around bigger dogs, or more typically aggressive breeds, he starts to snarl and growl.
What can I do to bring him out more? I'd like to instill some trust and confidence before I get him hunting and attempt bite/protection work. Thanks.