Advice on timid-ness.

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Barked: Tue Jun 21, '11 9:05am PST 
Neko has been with me now over a month. We have been working on his timidness towards outdoor sounds, which has made housebreaking harder. If we are outside and he hears a loud motor sound, airplane, or anything from the street he runs up to the front step and sits there until I let him back inside. I will normally go and pick him up and bring him back to the same spot, if the sound has past he will go potty but if he still hears the sound he panics until he is let back in. We are making some progress but not as much as I would like. Any tips for Neko the coward?