Timid / Terrified
My wife and I have a 7 month old German Shepard dog female named Lola. We have officially had her for 2.5 months now and are working with her as much as we can to socialize her. The previous owner had her in the back of her home on a 10' long leader and was out in the country, so no dogs and no people. We saw her twice before purchasing her and she was timid around us....pulling away, staying near her owner, sniffing cautiously and then running the other way if we got closer to her. After having her for a couple of days, she warmed up to us and is great with us but has a horrible time around others, even kids. She is absolutely terrified of them. Today two children came over and when they were about to leave we found her in the shed cowering in a corner. She heard a child's voice after they were gone and took off towards her dog house and went into the corner and curled up. WHAT DO WE DO!??? HELP PLEASE. We bring her to a dog park 3-5 times a week and she does GREAT with the dogs there. She plays, runs around, etc, just like a normal dog. She will not, however, go near people. I'm not worried about what people think, but more worried about her having this fear of people and never being able to conquer it. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you! Attached is a picture of our little girl about 3 weeks ago.