Adopted 5-month old dobermann junior arrived from a kennel. To best of my knowledge she has been kept good care of, been socialized with humans and other dogs, had regular walks since she got all her vaccinations and been trained to outside potty. When she arrived, she was startled naturally as she traveled a long distance in a car. We gave her safe space to acclimate and explore the new environment.
It's been a good couple days now but she's still afraid to leave the living room. Luring her rarely worked. I tried luring with treats and then sitting there with her to calm down.
Then, one day I picked her up in my lap to go down and play. She had a WONDERFUL time. Got super excited, played a lot with us. Every now and then she became startled and halted for 3-4 seconds, which I waited before letting her explore more on her own. Did not try any training here, only to reward and reinforce.
Then when it was time to go home it started again. Dropped on her belly, got scared, shaking, whining and refusing to move. Calmed her for a good while before I picked her up again and she drenched me in pee.
How can I identify what causes all this?
I don't think she was ever experiencing violence neither from me or the previous owner. Playing outside is clearly enjoyable and not a new experience for her. Only the transition from the living room to outside and back