Hi there i once had a hugely timid dog .. he was physicall and emotionally abused and afraid of human touch and voice. He didnt know how to walk, play, show any happy emotions other than fear. He was afraid of EVERYTHING and anything. Scared of doors, hoover, anything you can think of. He never bit us or showed any fear aggresion even when he was at his most afraid and we gently brought out the dog within but it took alot of time, money and even more patience than a saintbut it was worth it.
He is now a fantastic pet with only a tiny shadow of his past experiences remain within him. He knows how to walk, play and is very happy with most things.. He still is getting over the fear of doors!! and getting out of the car but he knows he cannot win and 90% of the time gets straight out (weird as he doesnt mind getting in!)
Heres the link to click to see abit more about Harvey my dobermann..and some info and he has a diary..
How was she when you got her? It sounds more to me like she was not socialized rather than abused. A lot of times people get a dog that they don't know the history on and the dog is scared of everything and they automatically think the dog was abused when actually it is more likely that they were not socialized. If you know for a fact that the dog was abused that's different but it sounds more to me like you need to slowly start socializing her and getting her used to all the different things, sights and sounds. She may not totally get over it but with a lot of love and patience she will get better over time.
Bluetripiniguana, I don't think it's silly. I had trouble reading the posts as well , especially when numbers are thrown in such as "h8" intead of "hate." Aside from the font being so small, I'm not to savvy when it comes to all these shortcuts ... LOL.
LOL~ Juno, thanks for the link! I REALLY need it! Remember, I remain the typo queen of the forum!
I must admit to using "computerese" when e-mailing my daughters, but not when trying to communicate with a broad spectrum of individuals of all ages and languages. It gets confusing enough with my less than perfect typing skills.
Patience, patience, patience with your dog is what I feel is needed. Reward proper behavior. Our neighbor got a puppy, not the same breed as ours, about the same time we got ours and she was and still is very timid( we have had the pups about 10 mos. now) but she is coming around slowly but surely. I too had a very hard time reading the post with all the short views being used, I understand on a mobile it probably is easier and faster but here you have enough space to type out the words and it helps old folks like me (55 years old) lol. Welcome and good luck with your dog.