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Help with 4 year-old abused dog

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Hello! I have had my girl, Bella, for 4 years now. I got her when she was 4 months old.
While she has come so far from the timid, shy dog that would not let anyone touch her; she still does not trust me or anyone fully. She still cowers when approached, or if one of the other dogs are being disciplined, or when I offer her food...etc, etc.
She constantly(and I am not exaggerating the constantly) wants attention. If one of my other dogs is getting attention, she pushes her way into the mix. She will paw me (which hurts badly) if she is not getting attention.
I do not hit, scream, kick, or in any other way abuse or neglect any of them.
I do not know what else to do to help her become more confident or to get her to understand that she is safe with me. She does listen to commands, gets along with my other dogs, not strange dogs though. She does not take to strangers so she has not been socialized alot. She can be unpredictable at times. There have been 3 people, besides me, that she has taken to almost immediately in the 4 years I have had her.
Any help would be appreciated.
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Get yourself into a sport. My dog bused out of his shell after we started agility
I've seen a lot of older people out there, they rock it. I've even seen it done in wheelchairs. My Mentor is 71.

Does she like tennis balls? Flyball might be an option. No running needed from your side.. Also dock diving if she likes to swim, no running needed there.

You start with a class, private or with a few dogs as well. Will help alot with a nervous dog gaining confidence at a slow pace
At four months old, puppies are like clay - you can mold them into anything. Either 1, you didn't do enough confidence building and socilization (this isn't to bash you, just facts), or 2, its genetics. Their is a crucial period between for socilization is 3-16 weeks of age. this is because the puppy is so young and can soak up anything new and register it as the new normal.
I gave two options of what the issue could be- yet people always pick out the wrong bits instead of pick out the statement that relates to them the most shrugs
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