I've had Molly for over three years now, she's three years and nine months old. She is so shy of strangers. Grown strangers, that is. Small children (five and under) are fine. Other dogs are usually OK, as long as they aren't too aggressive in their greetings. But a grownup can't get near her, and if its a male, its that much worse. I know this isn't the worst fear - I wouldn't want her to be willing to hop in the car with any random stranger, of course. But it is frustrating and sad to me that she see's every unknown person as a threat, and is unwilling to accept a friendly pat from an admirer. I take her everywhere with me that I can, and have tried having strangers offer her treats, held her and praised her when she relaxed while a stranger petted her, etc, but three years of work and I feel like I've made zero progress. I once had thoughts of a therapy dog, but that is clearly out of the question.