Those of u y'all that have rescued abused animals i need your help! watching my beautiful girl over the past week, i am wondering if she was abused at some point. Everytime i go up to pet her or raise my hand quickly she ducks and runs. She is scared of everything in the house and outside. For instance i was swatting a fly saturday morning and when the swatter made contact with the wall she freaked out, jumped over the coffee table ran out to the back yard (our doors were open) realized she couldnt go anywhere out there and shot back through the living room and up the stairs to hide in my daughters room. Ever since then she wont come near me. She acts like i am going to smack her. We took her to the park later that morning to throw her rope/ball toy and every time i would throw it she would cower down until it was released from my hand, then once it was mid air she would chase it, but not bring it back-like she feared getting hit by it. We went for a walk yesterday and were passing a tree, the branches swayed with a big gust of wind and she jumped and tried running. Luckily i had a good hold on her leash-i tried showing her it was just a tree and wouldnt hurt her, but she wouldnt go anywher near it, we had to walk a different way back home. i even tried bribing her with a piece of grilled chicken from last nights supper and you could tell she wanted it, but wouldnt move from her post by the side of the couch to come near me to get it. It isnt only me that she is acting this way with. She is also acting this way with my boyfriend. The only person in the house she will go straight to is my daughter. She doesnt seem to really fear her or anything she does. I am at a loss here. i know it takes time and lots of TLC and such, but i am dumbfounded. I have never had a dog act like this before.