We acquired our sable and white Sheltie, Toby, when he was two months old and he is now seven months old. We have a Grand Dog who is also a sable/white, male, Sheltie. We know from him that Shelties can be skiddish and afraid of almost everything. Our vet said Shelties can either be skiddish or agressive. At first Toby didn't seem skiddish so we thought he'd be an agressive Sheltie. We enrolled him in Obedience training when he was two months old which maybe was too young. He only learned one lesson out of 6 lessons and we have practiced with him hr after hr for five months. We had heard Shelties were brilliant but for whatever reason Toby refuses to learn simple commands such as "leave it," or "shake." He started to get skiddish at about 4 1/2 months and now at age 7 months he has such panic attacks he makes himself sick. Going outside is a major trauma for him and he has more or less confined himself to the living room where he deems it safe. He was extremely easy to crate train but I suppose that is because he feels safe in the crate. I know consistency and facing his fears is important. I took him out yesterday and was determined to get him to face his fears. A rabbit ran across my feet and he was so spooked he took a flying leap. He landed on his head on concrete slabs and hurt himself. Since yesterday afternoon he is now afraid of me and hides. At the end of April he is being neutered and then he will need 10 days of healing. I am hoping after he is recovered that I can find a good trainer to come here to the house to help him face his fears and become less anxious. At this point I can't imagine boarding him if I go somewhere. I also can't imagine traveling with him and having to get him out at rest stops. We live in a suburb of very snowy,cold, Syracuse, NY. I wonder if once we get nice weather and he can stay outside for periods of time and once he gets older if he will outgrow some of this? I am brand new to Sheltie Nation and this forum so I may forget to look for answers to my query. I would appreciate any help anybody can give me.