I got this dog from the pound nearly five years ago (five in May I think). It took me a YEAR to housebreak her, a year! She was so timid that if I reprimanded her like you do with a normal dog (see them soiling, and take them outside to finish) she'd cower. She'd come for me for protection, that's it. She HATED kids until DS was born 3.5 years ago, then she just loved babies, and continued evolving to adapt to kids DSs age (if he was 2 she liked 2 and under, but no one under 14ish). I started taking her to my shop when I opened nearly 3 years ago, so she grew to like stragers (repeat customers, and new ones wanted to befriend her, she was afraid, not snapping). She never snuggled with me until this week. She is now sitting next to me on the couch, and she slept with DS and I last night for the first time ever. I know it sounds like a lot of effort but she's a great dog and adores DS. She never demanded much affection, but I know she wanted to be close. Anyway, I'm proud of her.