Try taking him out at a time when it is quieter. Arm yourself with treats and use them to distract him. Teach him to look at you and then treat him. Praise him when he is calm and don't give him sympathy when he is scared. Go for short walks at first and keep it upbeat. He'll get used to things. If you remain calm, he'll see there's nothing to be afraid of and will relax.
I hope it's ok that I answer for Jennifer...I rescued Jackson from a puppy mill that was ordered to surrender 3groups of 10 Corgis. I took 4 of the 2nd group. They lived in the country but then so do I. Corgis (as young pups) needs lots of socialization and so my rescues missed a vital part of that. My others that I still have will cower if there's loud noises and are not used to the city. It will take some time but he may still have some scared times. It takes at least 30 days for them to get used to a new situation and then you have to figure that depending on his past it may take longer.
That's what is so great about MyCorgi is that we can post questions and get answers:)
PS...Sam has great advice and along with the beer don't forget treats and even ask some people to visit with him and give him a treat!
Ein seems like he was well socialized as a pup - he's never bugged out around other dogs (big or small), and he usually loves attention from people. He was starting some show training, so he was used to traveling and being in new environments. He actually loves car rides, which is great because he love taking him places!
And yet as we walk him down the block, if he sees someone else, he suddenly becomes very wary. The closer we get, the less inclined he is to keep walking, and often times he'll stop altogether, and it can be very difficult to get him walking again.
After meeting the breeder and going to her place, I can't imagined he was mistreated, but I suppose you never know, do you? Some of the info she gave us about him has turned out to be a bit little different than what we originally understood. We finally received his AKC papers today, and as it turns out, he's actually closer to 3 than 2, and his hip evaluations were marked as "fair" even though she said his hips checked out well (is "fair" considered normal?).
My wife and I are finding MyCorgi extremely helpful - we're naive new corgi owners, and you're all helping out so much! Thank you!
What I would do is get a treat pouch and fill it with the yummiest treats you can find (chicken, hot dog, cheese, etc). Take him for a short walk and any time you see something coming up that might cause him to be scared, quickly say his name and give him the treat. Keep treating and talking to him in a happy voice until you've passed the scary thing. If he's too afraid to walk, just keep his attention on you with the treats until the person has passed and then continue on. You want him to learn to look to you for guidance when he sees something he's not sure about instead of just shutting down.
I've heard the book "Control Unleashed" is great for timid dogs but I haven't read it personally, I've been hoping my library would get it one of these days. I would also recommend taking some sort of class with him to help build a strong bond between the two of you. Obedience or maybe a beginner agility class would be really fun IMO.
A "fair" rating is fine for hips. Anything lower than that is not usually considered good breeding material but they can certainly be wonderful pets.