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my dog is scared of me

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Hi, I have a 11 month old puppy, almost a year old this april 16th. I bought him from a breeder. Hes a great dog, but i have some problems.He is very scared of me. He never eats from me, not even treats, he never sits with me. He does only if no one else is around as soon as someone else comes he runs away. I have to say come here to him about 12 times before he even makes a move. While he is he stops and rethinks and sometimes goes back. I scolded at him about 7 months ago. That was only when he had an accident. So did everyone else as much as i did. But i didnt do it in a mean tone at all. But for some reason he is very scared of me. I have never laid my hand on him in any way or anything. Ive tried everything. Trying to feed him with only me their to giving him treats and spending a very long time with him alone and tried to give him treats but he didnt eat them ever. The only time he does eat a treat from me is when soemone else is in the room. I dont know what to do. Ive tried for 6 months to fix our problems whatever they are and i told everyone else in the household if he does something bad you guys and say no to him and im not going to so he doesnt associate me with punishment. They do say no to him but he isnt scared of them. I waited so long to get my own dog. and finally when i did he is so scared of me. Many times when he sits with me, he shakes alot and sometimes pees when he doesnt need to, he shakes only with me around him and no one else. Also he sits with everyone in the house except with me. hell come over to get a pat then he leaves as if hes going to get in trouble. I need help.
ps. he is a yorkshire terrier

thank you
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yes ive tried going onto his level and calling him. I approach him in an excited manner so he can be happy to come to me. That still doesnt work he crouches over and comes slowly to me

If you are approaching from the front and sounding excited it's probably threatening to him. Try this, sit on the ground, NOT facing him but at a 45* angle to him and call to him in a quiet, high voice while throwing treats (such as cut up hot dog) just toward him (not to hard though). Always approach him in a quiet calm way and do NOT reach over his head (again it's scary to him).
Jay, this is not a respect thing, peeing on site is a sign of anxiety and fear.

Yes, the OP should be kind, and they should communicate that they are not a threat with 'calming' body language.

Submissive peeing can be done as a sign of respect to a leader.

What i am saying is that this dog could be being confused by his leaders lack of consistency. Having your pack leader fawn all over you isnt comforting for a submissive dog.

I am not talking about being alpha or anything like that, but submissive dogs do exist none the less.

Submissive peeing is done as a sign of FEAR. Nearly every fear aggressive dog I have worked with (as well as the one I've owned) started this way. It has nothing to do with respect, respect is shown by coming up to the pack leader and licking their jaws/chins as a pup would do it's parents (most pack leaders ARE the parent dogs/wolves). In a healthy pack the ONLY members that will submissive pee are those in danger of being put out of the pack or being killed (usually due to severe illness). If you are going to apply wolf pack theory to dogs (even though research has proven that the pack structures are entirely different), at least do it correctly and be sure you know what the latest data says about it.
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