My dog is scared of men.
She's a rescue, about 11 months old by my vet's estimate. She's never so much as snapped at anyone, is very sweet, loves other dogs (She also loves cats, but they tend not to love her back) and, generally, gets along great with women.
But she's terrified of men. She's been like this since I got her; I assume it was something that happened before she was abandoned, or while she was being bounced around to four different rescues. The why of it isn't what I'm worried about right now, because there's nothing I can change about what happened to her in the past. I just want to help her to move past it.
She is improving, but very slowly. She used to bark like crazy at my male roommate every time she saw him, which she generally doesn't do anymore. But overall, she doesn't seem like she's getting used to men.
I'm a guy, and she loves the hell out of me, and there's two other guys that she isn't the least bit afraid of. It doesn't seem to be a matter of physical appearance or temperament, although she's now willing to approach and sniff/lick the hands of a guy who is patient, kneels down and puts their hand out. Usually.
I'm not expecting an instant solution, but any tips would be appreciated.
Here's a picture
of the vicious beast (I'm removing some wallpaper, don't mind the messy background)