I am struggling with my almost 8 month old anxious pup, Poppy's issues. I couldn't think of a better tag line for this post, but essentially I am feeling pretty much at a loss and out of my league. The constant preoccupation with her is draining and stressful. Poppy has been with us since 8 weeks, and I purposefully attended to her socialization from the beginning. She was scared of everything as a pup. We did a puppy class with her and after that had a private trainer for a couple of months. In the end the trainer recommended trying SSRI drugs for her. I considered that option but decided not to go that route for now. The past few days have broke a pattern of some improvement (i have been keeping a journal the past few weeks so I can be clearer on good and bad days). I would describe Poppy as super alert, wary, nervous, hyper, over friendly. She loves other dogs and people. Her favourite place is the vets or a friends house. The vet is so surprised that Poppy is anxious because she acts so fine in that environment. She's crate trained and does not have separation anxiety. She loves to play in the house and seems pretty smart with training. For exercise I have been on most days getting her to the car and we drive to a trail where she is able to walk on a long line with a halter. I have to really coax her out of the house and into the car. She wont walk in the neighbourhood on the road, and i havent been able to work on loose leash walking due to her other issues. She wont take high value treats outside when under duress. The big issue is that she is so nervous of the environment. Leaving the house to go outside often is a huge challenge. She slinks out , retreats, is spooked by tree branches, sounds, mist on field.... you name it. I am exhausted by her anxiety. For me this is a huge disappointment as the benefit for me of having a dog is lots of walking. We live in a rural environment close to a host of walking trails and that is one reason for me to have a dog. The prospect of having a dog that doesn't want to walk is depressing at the moment. This morning I spooked her trying to get her to leave the garage to go out for a poo. I was so disappointed with her backsliding on this , as the past few weeks she was doing so much better, and I was trying to grab her collar to get a lead on. I realized I was getting too frustrated and stopped. Sent my daughter out to play ball with her instead. And I came in to write this instead....! Anyhow, I will keep my journal/ record keeping going and hopefully the current regression will be short lived and I'll be able to start recording more positive improvements.