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You will need patience. Lots and lots of patience. It will take much longer than a few weeks.

The best dog I ever had, or will likely ever have, was abused terribly as a young dog. Beaten into unconsciousness, burned with cigarettes and just generally put thorugh hell. I was able to learn about some of his history from the guy who "rescued" (re: stole) him from his abuser.

For many months there was no training - just confidence building. By the time he came to us, he was supremely confident, easily trained and exhibiting only a few quirky bahaviors. He could become quite intmidating around men with cigarettes, for example. (I had a pretty good idea where the abusive owner lived and I regularly fantasized about taking his victim, who had grown to become a powerful 116-pound brute, to pay him a visit.)

No magic cures. Just give her time and love.
 
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