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Hi Johanna, Lola has been with us for the past 2 weeks and i don't see she getting any better. Extremely scared, not friendly, confines her to 2 spots and has barked only twice in 2 weeks. I am not sure how to get her comfortable. It seems more and more difficult. Is there any guidelines on what i can do?
Usually with anxious/fearful dogs the best thing to do is to let them come to you on their own terms. Don’t bend down to pet her, don’t pick her up. Just do your thing without minding her, except for necessary care like feeding, going outside, etc. Give her a place to feel comfortable, near the family but not too close so she feels threatened by your every move. Talk to her gently but respect her bubble. The goal is to let her know that nobody is going to force themselves on her. It seems counter intuitive but ignoring her will make her feel secure and want to come closer to you. When she comes to you, never ever restrain her. Do not hug her. The relationship needs time build and you will eventually get there.

These dogs need time.
 
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