New forum poster, just had to post and say how proud i am of my little man. Baxter is a 4.5 year old rat terrier. i got him from an extremely scummy backyard breeder when he was about 8 months old. He was terrified of everything. he hid under chairs and snapped at people if they tried to touch him. it took me two years to get him to enjoy human touch and four years before he was potty trained. Now at 4.5 Bax came with me for the first time to work. I work in a nursing home where we bring residents in and out of a large room for their therapy. Bax was an angel. He came up to each resident with a wag and a smile and lapped up all the pets and cuddles. He never ran away or showed even the slightest reluctance as he came up for pets. If you have a fearful or shy dog you CAN do it. Underneath all that quake and snarl theres a cuddly lap buddy just waiting to burst forth! it's gonna take time but you've got this!