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Just to avoid any confusion, I am not at all thinking of returning Jesse to rescue; he is a wonderful dog and I don't want to give him up, I want to help him. I will use the resources at HRI to see if they have suggestions beyond what has been offered here and what I have thought of doing. I am a little confused about exactly what the "list" is that some have suggested I write to; is it the e-mail that Rikidaisy kindly posted?
Jesse does very well with the two of us and he did very well with five grandchildren, especially after we really spent a lot of time with him and them getting them socialized together. He does well with the ten year old dog walker. He does not do well when people unexpectedly (well, to him) come into the house and if they approach his "space" (and he seems to have decided that a large part of the house is his space). If Amanda were not returning to college soon and working right now, I'd have her over here every day helping me with him. I know that he would come around then.
I think the best thing for him and us is to recognize that he might always be fearful in a situation with strangers; we will have to lease and keep him by us or confine him until he can socialize to the new people. If it is a repair person, they don't have time to fool with that so he'll be confined.
It's possible that he will grow out of this but I don't think I will ever be really able to completely trust him so I have to change the way I handle him and guests and that is fine. He is not my former dog, Sadie, who loved everyone who came to the door and he is not Shadow, who if fearful, will just run away. We love him and want to do what is best for him while also making sure guests are safe in our home. I know we can do this. We are devoted to him and he just spent an hour curled up with me while I read the paper; six months ago he wouldn't come near me.