If only we knew the past history of shelter dogs, we could better understand them and help them. On the other hand, maybe we are better off not knowing. We might coddle them more than we should. According to the dog trainer mentioned in this beautiful post by Elizabeth Claire Alberts at thedodo.com, we shouldn’t give them affection when they are afraid, but instead reward them only when they try getting through it, and make a little progress. See if this worked for Roxy.
Shelter Dog Was So Scared To Go On Walks, They Had To Carry Her Outside