Abused or neglected dog, Help!
In Nov. hubby and I adopted a boxer/st.bernard 2years old from a no-kill shelter. We were told the dog Sophie had lived outside as a stray with her two brothers. The brothers are wild, Sophie is very, very timid. She will not leave our livingroom other than to go to the door to go out and pee. We let her out on a run about 5 or 6 times a day. After leaving her alone the first time she knocked my PC, keyboard and speakers to the floor. I bought a crate and that's when the trouble began. The first two weeks she would go in and out but still not leave the livingroom. Then one day my husband came into the livingroom and she was peeing on the carpet. He yelled "Sophie stop". She scooted into the crate and won't come out except to eat and go out to pee. Now it gets weird. We figured sooner or later she will know we aren't going to hurt her and she will get more used to us and the house, not so. But if we leave the room for even one minute she will either grab anything available- a book, a pillow whatever and chew it or pee on the carpet. She makes sure she is back in the crate before we enter the room again. Honestly, if I leave just long enough to fill my coffee cup she does one of the two actions. She has been vet checked and is healthy, put on about 10 pounds since coming here, she was skinny when we got her. I need advice about abused timid dogs, please help, we already are too attached to her to give her back to the shelter and are afraid she would be put in a home where someone would be cruel to her.