How do I get a fearful and presumed traumatized dog to trust me?
We got Purdy about a month ago. All we know is that she was adopted out of shelter in Atlanta, and ended up in shelter in Boulder, Co where she was adopted by a family in Denver, from whom we got her. Somewhere along the line she got the label "fearful" and that she is. She has warmed up to my son in law and daughter (she likes men rather than women), but she looks at me with such fear that it is heart breaking. I have been a dog person since babyhood and I would no sooner hurt a dog then I would any other living creature. I can only assume some evil short fat granma has hurt and traumatized her. I am not sure of the best course of action here. I do not impose my self on her for fear of further traumatizing her. Is there anyway to lessen her fear? What should I be doing? She is such a sweet dog. By the way will I allow her to be put in another "shelter", she deserves better than that.