It’s been 5 months since we rescued our sheltie mix, Sister. She is presumably 8 years old, possibly older. We’re unaware of her prior history but do know she was rescued from a hoarding situation, then placed in foster care prior to us adopting her. Her behavior presents like she was abused or never properly socialized as she is HIGHLY sensitive and skiddish. When we first adopted her, she was terrified of everything and would shake, have GI issues, and excessively pant. She still experiences stress cues when we get too close such as lip licking and freezing, but overall, I feel like she has started to trust us more. She has a very sweet demeanor and is well behaved. She feels most safe in her crate. We keep it open but she prefers to stay in it most of the day. In fact, she only comes out to potty and eat, then will immediately retreat to her crate. However, she does leave her crate at night when we start to get ready for bed (shower, brush teeth, etc) and will hop on the bed and sleep with us for a few hours then leave. She was heartworm + when we adopted her and had her treated. We thought a lot of her low energy, aloofness, and crate preference was due to her not feeling well. However, we have finished therapy and if anything, I’ve seen an increase in distant behavior, which is what brought me to this forum. Recently Sister has been leaving her crate (yay) but to only retreat to our bed or bathroom. When we sit down on the couch or computer, which is in the same room as her crate, she immediately gets up and leaves. It’s like she is hiding. If we close the door she just sits in the hallway. I am worried we are regressing in her progress. I don’t want to shut the door if she is wanting additional safe places, however, I don’t want to encourage her to stay in our bed all day either. I still feel like she is adjusting so to encourage trust and facilitate bonding I will go in our bedroom when she is on the bed to give her pets and treats, but now I am worried we created a situation in which she associates positive feelings only with our bed. We have been told to provide positive reward when she comes out of the crate and approaches us but this has never happened outside of potty/feeding/bedtime routine. She has never approached us for pets, the most affection I see is when she jumps on the bed with us or goes on walks as she constantly looks back at me. She has started to miss meals which she never did, but we are off steroids now and the vet assured me that this was ok. At dinner time when we call her to eat she just runs to our bed and will sit there for long periods of time instead of eating. We just find her recent behavior odd. I assumed she would start feeling more secure/confident by now. I am looking for advice on how to facilitate more confidence and security to our old rescue dog.