Kay Laurence is fabulous - I've had the opportunity to attend one of her seminars and can't say enough about her. I think especially when you're dealing with fear issues, you can't think of anything as being remedial. Sometimes the fear takes over and they just can't think. Just keep working on basics. You can't go wrong. Feeding dinner in the front yard is great - but do keep people at bay, as you're doing. It will have a two-fold effect: one, it will get him more relaxed (eventually) and allow him to realize that yes, he can eat, and live, and be ok in the yard. And two, if something/someone were to approach, you'd handle it/them (keep them away/keep him safe) - and that's going to (eventually) build that trust between you two to immeasurable levels. If you're going to work with him at a time that you know will be busy, maybe don't "do dinner" but take out some steak or something you know he finds totally irresistable, and lots of it. Pay him WELL!!! You want a huge bonus involved. And don't foget - if he does something like not barking when maybe yesterday he would have, jackpot him! - dump a huge jackpot out for him, or let him dive into that bait bag and grab a huge mouthful, and make a party out of it. Trust me, there's something huge to be said for jackpots!! Think if you worked extra hard, all thru the entire night on a really hard tedius project for your boss and all you got was "nice job" and your regular paycheck - and think now if you got "WOW, that's incredible!!!" and a HUGE bonus check for a job well-done!!!! You'd try to do it again!! Great news that Brody hasn't released his anal sacs in a couple weeks. While it may not sound like much to anyone else, and clearly there are so many things to work on, that in itself is huge (especially for him!!) and it's a good meter for you. Personally, I could rarely get a "sit" out of Makena (when on a walk and a dog was approaching), so we blew that one out the window. If I could have her stay calm and just start stuffing food in her mouth, I felt it was a win. Find out what works *for you*. Every dog and every situation is going to be different, and each dog in each situation is going to be different still - and what worked yesterday may not work today, but may work tomorrow. And while yesterday was a really good day, today (and even tomorrow) may be lousy - but then there may be some great days ahead. You know how it goes. What I did learn - sometimes if there was a so-so day, then a not-so-good day, we'd take a day or two off. Sometimes they get tired, just maxed out and need a rest. And if she had a bad outburst, we'd definitely take a day (or two) off - cuz the chemicals in the body stay there for 24 hours or more. No sense in fighting body chemistry. If we were walking (and also in your case) when you're working at home - when that "scary" thing is about to approach, don't wait for "it" to get there. Make sure your treats are really high value - whatever Brody's brownie fudge sundae is - and just start stuffing way ahead of time, and don't stop til "it's" gone by. Trust me, he knows "it's" there. If he has to look at it, stuff away anyway. Let him look while he's chewing. Makena always had to -- until the day she started coming for her chicken first - then she'd eat, look, eat, look, like a tennis match. Over time - much much time - his brain chemistry will change. He'll start associating the feeling of all that scary stuff with the good feeling of eating. Again - if he noticably makes a huge leap, doesn't bark when a dog or person walks by (or whatever), he keeps it together, jackpot him, dump treats all over the place, give him a handful, let him dive into that baitbag - whatever!! Throw a party!!! Throw a parade!! He'll notice and it's a huge help, it makes a big impression. Turning him around is a very long process - but it can and will happen. It's gotta happen slowly and over time tho. And it will happen when Brody is ready.