First time on this forum.
So my partner and myself just adopted a 8 month old lab x. We don't know what's happened to her previously but when she was at the pound she was very skinny and under fed. We've had her for a week now, and i know things will improve with time but i just thought i would ask on here for any advice.
Basically the first day we brought her home she hid in the very corner of our backyard for over 4 hours, she wouldnt move and i had to carry her inside.
She gets very scared of any noise she doesn't know and many common items seem to scare her too. throughout the week she has gotten a lot better, shes more comfortable in the house. When my partner is here she will follow her around the house, and come when shes called. she seems to "feel safe" but if its just me, or if i wander around the house it scares the hell out of her, and she will run to either of her "safe places' which is either our bed, or the couch.
The thing that confuses me, is if shes on the couch or our bed, or my partner is around she doesn't act as if shes scared of me, she will be quite affectionate and even cuddle up to me, sometimes when i walk up to her she will wag her tail as well.
For example, i just brought her in from outside (my partner is at work) and she coward into the laundry and froze up on the floor, then when i walked away she ran into the living room and hid in the corner, she won't come if i call her, she wont even come if i have food.
Does anyone have any advice on what i can do to help make her trust me, or feel safe enough to wander the house while i am here?
I haven't done anything to hurt her so i think shes had issues with men previously.