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The repeated exposure to things/situations he doesn't like is probably what created this problem, honestly. Most dogs can get over one bad experience, but consistently being made to feel uncomfortable has probably grown some distrust when people try to handle him.

First, don't use punishment on this dog (scolding, water bottles, penny cans) because you may make the problem worse. The dog is clearly very afraid, and using more aversive methods will only frighten him more. I would also recommend getting a positive, force free trainer to help you with these issues.

Can you give a little more information on this? Clearly, he has issues with being handled. Is it only with strangers, or with you, too? What was happening when the daycare workers got snapped at? Is he typically fearful of strangers?

Handling issues can be fixed, but it often takes a lot of time, and incredible patience. It's important to move at the dog's pace, and when they express their discomfort, you must listen and back off. Praise and reward is important, as they begin to associate handling with good things.
 

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Have you taken him to the vet? Perhaps he is feeling pain in that area, and when someone manipulates his body to put on his harness that irritates something?
 
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