IT doesn't matter 'how' your dog became fearful - it's how you deal with it that counts.
Dog's generalise fear, anxiety, even aggression much faster than positive emotions; a fear-inducing thunder-clap quickly 'generalises' to a similar noise like back-firing cars - resulting in 'flight or fight' mode.
For environmentally sensitive dogs use games to rehabilitate, visit strange places and play games for two minutes. It's often a slow process, your dog's attitude, confidence levels will dictate progression.
Avoid patting to reassure - you're literally praising and increasing the fear and anxiety. Praise only for an action, never an emotion.
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The 'generalise' fear/anxiety concept can rapidly transcend into body-parts, physical items, locations, vehicles or situations.
Fear is always problematic when turning into aggression. If there is a problem don't avoid it, address the issue, your dog won't recover without help.
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