hello, I’m looking for help for my rescue dog who is ~1yr old. She was born in a dump yard in Taiwan and never had any owner before us. She started out terrified of everything, every noise, every person, everything, except our other dog. I developed a bond with her through play and food mostly and she began to come out of her shell as a huge cuddle bug. She also became less and less afraid of noises as this happened. She’s fine within the house now, but outside is a different story. She is very scared of heavily traffic areas & loud/sudden noises, she tries to flee. It has gotten better since her first walks, but in new walk locations it’s about the same, and there isn’t a huge difference if she’s alone or with our other dog. We walk quiet areas, but it is impossible to avoid all noises. She’s independent and barely knows people are even walking with her, I’ve been working on teaching her to look at me on walks, but she gets so overwhelmed the minute we are outside she doesn’t listen, at home she can do it. If someone knows how I can do this better that would be GREAT - she also does not notice treats unless they are in her line of vision. Yesterday she frantically tried to escape her leash because of a skateboard, this was on a new street (we have a special collar so she can’t get out). Sometimes if I sit down and get her to make eye contact with me and just kinda hang out she will be ok when I get up (hence, look training) - assuming the noise is then over. I tried this with the skateboard because we needed to walk by (closer) to get home (guy was staying there) but she was freaked out and wouldn’t look at me, I did notice that if I shifted positions she kept her back to me and faced away very alert, if I got up she tried to escape and run. I ended up carrying her home, she only became ok when we got to our street. I’m wondering how I might be able to help her be more at ease outside? I think I can train her better if she is more calm. I bought the sound sensitivity CD packages from online after I hired a dog trainer to help my dogs with people, and told her my younger pup struggles with sound. The problem is she doesn’t care about them at all in the house unless it’s a dog whimper where she looks for the dog. Do I try maybe playing the sounds while we are outside? I familiarized her with hanging out on our porch and front yard (leashed). I’m not sure if it’s noise phobia, it seems like confidence and familiarity to the location help my dog the most. If anyone could help me understand the situation and what to do I would be so grateful! I was thinking to have someone bring over a skateboard after quarantine and let her sniff it, put treats on it etc and ride it around a bit not stressing her out, do you think that would help at least with that? My family does not want to pay for a trainer again and I’m a new grad so I don’t have much money myself. My family didn’t read her description that she was so shy, so they didn’t want to work with her, training and trust building went to me when I had school off. I don’t know how much this factored into things, I do know they mostly did not form any bond with her until I became involved. I’m now moved back home and can dedicate time to training her.