This is my first post! I'm new here and I wanted to firstly say a big hello to all fellow beagle owners!!
I have a strange question for you all. My 2 yo male beagle Flip is beautiful and I love him to bits but he is a major wuss when it comes to strangers, especially men. He is not frightened by other things like loud noises ( he rides on the back of my motorbike) or fireworks or anything else, only strange men. When someone he doesn't know approaches him he backs away and barks like mad and won't be in the room with them. After a while and lots of sniffing he gets more comfortable and doesn't bark but is still quite edgy. Whilst I know this is not the worst thing for a dog to be scared of it can get very frustrating when friends visit or we are walking him in a crowded place and is quite embarassing. He has met my boyfriend's best friend at least 10 times but still freaks out when he visits.
The strange thing is, he is not this scared around all people. Some people he doesn't have a problem with at all and others he cannot be around no matter how many times he has met them. At first we thought it might be something strange like a fear of beards or hats or something but we can't put our finger on it. Does anyone else have a strange wussy beagle like mine and if so, do you have any ideas on how to help him relax.
When he was a pup I made sure to get him accustomed to a lot of different people and took him to the dog park daily. He has no problems with other dogs or our kitten, loves my brothers and boyfriend and doesn't mind our male flatmate. My theory is that I lived with a couple of bastard men for a while who may have been cruel to him . I hope this isn't the case but they weren't very nice guys.
Can anyone help me with this dilemma. I can't find any literature on why he has this fear and it's only been around since he was about a year old. Please help me! It's the only thing I don't adore about my little guy.