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Posted by:  Kylea
Category:   Other
Posted on:  November 03, 2002 at 11:51:53

Question:

I recently built a house in the country. the people down the road have a group of outside dogs. One of these dogs was a JRT female. She lived there for about 2 1/2 years and was beaten with a horse whip. She sort of adopted me this past June. I love her very much and she has come a long way since I got her. The constant urination and cringing has disappeared. She is becoming vocal and very playful with me and my parents when they come to visit. We walk and play everyday. My concern is that when my friends come over she gets very upset. I can actually see the hair on her back stand straight up and she barks and growls. I realize this is probably a trust issue due to the abuse, but how do I get her past the fear? She loves to go with me everywhere and I want to include her. Do I just need to give her more time and assurance? Thanks for your help.