My husband brought home a German shepherd recently. She's an almost full-sized puppy and the lady who gave her to him said that she was fostering the dog to keep it out of a shelter that would euthanize. The dog is really sweet and well-behaved. She loves going for walks and will stay close by rather than trying to drag me like other dogs I've had in the past. She is great at letting us know if she needs to potty and has never had indoor accidents. The thing is, she's afraid to come inside the house. It takes twenty minutes or more of looking her in the eyes while petting her head, snout, and ears and talking in a soft soothing voice to get her to come inside. She'll slowly inch forward. I can't figure out if she was abused before or if she's just afraid of my children. My 3yo is rough with animals (yes, I discourage that behavior), but can also be sweet to them. The dog doesn't cower or act timid in any other situation, as I've observed other dogs do when I knew they had a history of being abused. I can't figure out why the dog is acting this way and how to fix it.
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