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Young Chi nipping at and afraid of anyone but me

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Hi guys!

It´s me again :)
August, the 8 month male (will get fixed this Monday) Chihuahua joined our little family about 1 month ago.
He was supposedly bitten by his previous family´s other (big) dog and has scars on his back. I am also guessing that he was hardly socialized there.

He enjoys his time with us, well, mainly me. He is as cuddly and sweet as can be. Calm, uncomplicated and so affectionate. He also enjoys meeting other dogs - despite bad experiences.
Every now and then though, his "other personality" comes out:
When he meets a stranger (especially when somebody comes to our home), he growls, tucks his tail in between his legs, shakes, walks off and tries to bite the person if they come close. Sometimes this even happens with my husband. Of course, I am trying to stop/change this behavior by NOT picking him up then, NOT comforting him then, but telling him "NO" firmly.
Unfortunately he still acts that way.
He doesn´t have to be like a labrador, loving everybody immediately, but I would like for him to be friendly. I don´t want to have to worry about him biting people (also my family). Sometime he might have to stay with somebody else for a little while (when I´m on vacation or at work) and I have no clue how that would work out.
Do any of your chis have (had) behavioral issues like that? Maybe you can tell me from your experience how you dealt with the problem.
What advice would you give me? What should I do?
I really enjoy this forum by the way; such helpful posts, advice, cute pictures and friendly people!
Thank you!
Carina (and August)
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Thank you so much for your tips. That sounds very reasonable. I will try all of those things for sure.
He has already improved so much, so I have high hopes. When walking him outside, he used to try running and hiding whenever he saw a person. Now he just walks by.
And I´ve taught him to stop barking when somebody new is at the door.
I realize it´s work - but he is soooo wonderful, it´s worth it.
Thanks again!
You really take the time to answer a lot of people question´s - that is very very nice of you.
Have a great day!
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