About a year ago I found a stray doxie with a puppy. My mother kept the mom, and I kept the puppy. Nomi is the best dog I have ever owned, and I am now obsessed with doxies. I decided to foster with my local animal shelter, and I currently have a one year old boy who was at the shelter over a month (and at risk for being put down). No one would consider him because he was very unfriendly to strangers, and attempted to bite the assessor at intake. The first night at my house he was terrified, would not let my husband or I touch him. He did not leave his carrier, expect to quickly grab treats from my hand and then dart back in. The next day he had a panic attack while I was walking him and jumped in my lap for comfort. From that moment on he loved me completely, and is a normal friendly cuddle boy. He accepted my husband the same night, and my mother the next day. The problem is, he HATES strangers. He barks at them, attempts to chase them out of my house, and will snap at people. He has not bitten anyone, but bites near them if they do something he does not like. He will accept treats from anyone at anytime. When he meets someone new he is very afraid but after a few hours I feel like he is no longer afraid, but just wants them to leave. He will eventually get close to a new person, but will snap at them if they do something he doesn't like. I had a friend over and he jumped half way on her lap, half way on mine and when she moved in a way he didn't like he bit in her direction. He shows none of this behavior to my family, and does wonderfully with other dogs. Do you have any ideas on how to work on this? Truth be told we have accepted that he really is not adoptable, and will likely be staying with us forever, but I really would prefer not to have to kennel/muzzle him when I have guests over. He doesn't have to like strangers, but he cant bite at them. He also SUCKS Nomi's ears. Its very odd.