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I have reched my boiling point

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If anyone has any advice I would appreciate it. I adopted Sweetie Mid November. She has been fairly shy. She has now fallen into a routine but her manuerisms (sp?) are getting worse by the day.

Each morning she sleeps in bed until noon. I usually end up telling her to come out which she does. She walks in fear down the hall then runs out the door.

She used to stay out maybe 1-2 hours? then would either come back in or stay out until our walk in the woods which she loves.

She used to run to me to get the leash on and we would go. Now I cannot get her to come to me and it is getting very aggrivating. If I call her she looks at me then looks elswhere.

The other day I had to pick up my step son. I could not for the life of me get her in the house or near me.

I don't chase her, but even ignoring her is not working. I know this probably does not make sense so ask questions! I have hit boiling point and am ready to leave her out almost round the clock which I rather not do.
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Do you know anything about her before the adoption? She might have reached a point where she is comfortable with your family and realized she can get away with murder.
It seems like she is the dominant one in the house.
Try this: when feeding her, first pretend you are eating out of the bowl first, while making her sit at a distance from you. Only when she is calm and relaxed, let her approach the food and eat. Make sure she does something for you before you give her anything (even before you pet her).
Use an assertive tone when talking to her, and when you reach the point where she is reacting to what you're saying, have her seat before you put the leash on her for the walks.

Oh, and another important thing: when you look her in the eyes, make sure she looks away first!!!

I hope this helps...
That bad ha?
You should, as Jamie suggested, consider an obedience class, a behaviorist trainer... someone professional! It should help.

Good Luck!
It really sounds like Sweetie has a lot of rescue baggage. Did the shelter you got her from have any history on her? Who knows what happened to her in the four or so years before you got her. If she was abused or mis-treated, it's going to take a lot of time for her to learn to trust people again. Just stay patient with her. She'll eventually come around, but it's going to take time.
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