Okay, First let me introduce myself, my name is Kameron (Kammy) I recently adopted an adult dog in craigslist, one because Ive always wanted an Australian Shepherd, two because in her craigslist pictures she seemed afraid and confused and I could tell by her body language that she wasnt in the best home for her type of dog. So I got the dog and my fiance helped me get her as a christmas gift. Note I'm NOT giving up on her. When she first came here she was super shy and timid Ive had her for almost 2 weeks attempting to gain her trust, however I learned quickly this wasnt going to be easy. The dogs name is Star, she was bred by a breeder and he couldn't afford any of his dogs after sometime therefor this older couple bought Star. Now I'm not saying these people are bad, but its clear they didnt do their homework on Australian shepherds before getting her. However...shes a sweetheart, so Im being patient. Here are some of her issues Trust issues, she somewhat trusts me after two weeks of removing Matt's, brushing her, feeding her treats and normal kibble, helping her gain weight (she came in at 30 lbs and an Aussie I saw should be around 40-55lbs for a female) shes not spayed either, I have yet to get that done. Ive pet on her and spoken calmly and been super patient. However she still won't come on command, she's still scared to directly approach me except in very rare occasions. Second issue...the leash, they brought her on a leash, first few days she walked great on a leash and sometimes she seems to be relaxed and loves walking and being outside, but she also gives me allot of trouble when I pick up the leash. She runs, she runs back and forth and its a game of tag, Aussies are fast and Im pregnant, so this is difficult, shes still not use to the house because she stays in two spots ; my room beside the bed and the blanket beside my desk, these are her " safe zones" and by the time I catch her ...she squats and pees and poops on the floor, so morning potty business is now a mess in my home. She cant help it so I clean it, tell her gently no, and then go back to doing my own business I know full well I cant give into her nervous behavior or she will think she is being rewarded. Once the leash is on, shes fine, but let her see you come after her with a leash? Hell to the no, shes gone, I have to trick her but when I do its OBVIOUS she takes this to heart and now she wont lie beside the bed, she cowers by the door I closed wanting to run to the desk. I feel ive lost progress. Third issue, shes not aggressively fearful, but if she sees a man or a crazy toddler, she will fight to get away or flee immediately at all costs and shes almost gotten out of her collar, I have yet to get a harness. I'm getting one tomorrow. I even made training treats she likes, but funny and difficult fact about Star? She doesnt understand treats. She wont eat them when "treated" for something good she did she just looks away and ignores it and stays alert and looks around nervously. This is bad, Idk how else to work with her if not with treats...occasionally if I toss the treat in front of her she will slowly consider it. Tomorrow im getting a clicker (which im sure at first she will fear), a casual leash (since the retractable isnt really good for keeping her at my side instead if hiding, i need her to see the household is safe and not a bad place.) Im getting a harness tomorrow hoping this will help her feel comforted, I'm getting her a crate next week when my fiance gets paid again and slowly work on that. However reading all of this how would you guys go about this? Shes super sensative and clearly she was neglected and possibly abused by the male owner.