I got a 4 yr old collie from her breeder as a companion for my 3.5 yr old collie. She was a former show dog and had two litters before being spayed in August. They are both females and I introduced them first to make sure they get along and they both wanted to play with each other so I brought the new girl home for a two week trial. She is really a nice well behaved playful sweet dog. She did fight a few times with my 17 yr old jack russel so I don't leave them alone together. When all the growling and snarling was going on I yelled at them to break it up as I was getting to them. I wonder if this freaked her out because when she is in the house and we are just walking around, if she thinks we are heading in her direction she avoids us and will avoid getting caught or coming to us when called unless she knows we have a treat. She also startles at many normal everyday sounds. I hate to see this sweet girl acting fearful. When we are outside she doesn't behave this way and when I first met her at the kennel she jumped all over me. I know she was mostly kennel raised and show trained except for when she was whelping and nursing but her breeder says she is used to being in the house. She is certainly well house broken. We are gentle with her and treat her often so I am hoping she becomes more comfortable. I am not sure what to do help me feel more calm and less fearful. We have a week left on our trial so I'm hoping to see some improvement in her fearfulness by the end of it. Any suggestions on how to help her are welcome! Update: Jan 15 - We are not seeing a lot of progress, Maiwen is still fearful and avoids us most of the time and reacts to noises and sudden movements. She is smart so I think if it were not her normal nature, she would have figured out by now that nothing is going to hurt her. She is still fine when outside. We have not pressured her but unfortunately I had to go away just after Christmas for 11 days and she slid backwards with just my husband at home, ie would not eat with him present and she started doing that with me as well when I returned. She will sit when she sees me with her dish, the problem being she goes to her kennel to do it! I have started leashing her and having her come out and sit closer to her dish and now she will eat while I am a short distance away. Plan now is to keep a collar on her and keep her with me when I am home so she doesn't escalate her avoidance behaviour. I haven't enrolled in obedience yet but there is a class on socialization for fearful dogs so will likely do that first. Commanding her doesn't really work. With treats and luring, having my other collie present, she will do sits and downs but if I tell them to wait or stay and back away, she will run away. I tried clicker training and at first she seemed to be okay with it but then became afraid of it so I stopped using it. Does anybody think I should do something differently?