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In some cases crating dogs which have phobias is a very bad idea and can make the problem worse . There are dogs with phobias who even injure themselves in the crate because they feel more confined.
Have you had any bloodwork done on him ? adrenal glands,thyroid?
Please note that high protein diets also have been associated to to behavioral problems .
Above all, you are MORTIFIED when he is fearful. I know what you mean and go through most of the time with some rescue dogs. However, you shall be very very calm.Maybe those little kids annoy you also suddenly screaming and your dog feels it to. My dogs they mimic me. They even get anxious before I get mad at some weird sounds around the home. Most probably, my body language gives a clue. Even the way I breath.
However, let's have a blood test on him. YOu do not have to give him up.
Also, arrange in such a way that FIRST you two go out to the garden with your dog and then tell the children to come one by one in a very calm way. They shall come one by one being silent , walking & sitting around not bothering about your dog ( each for 15 min). Than the second one and so on. The children shall perceive it as a game as well. Ignoring the dog. Also tell them to leave a couple of treats around . Your dog shall see that they leave the treat for him. Even from far. Here you need to use your imagination and create a both relaxing &fun environment for the dog.
All will go well as long as you all have fun.