The Cautious Canine by Patricia B. McConnell, Ph.D. A concise book that is easy to read and apply to your situation. Whether your dog is shy around strangers, afraid of children, fearful of loud noises, or has other fears, this book will describe how to go about helping your dog overcome those fears. Do not expect a “quick-fix” but if you are willing to take the time to help your fearful dog, this book will make an excellent reference guide for you. If your dog is extremely fearful, you should also consider enlisting some professional help, but this book can get you started.