I got my Hunter a year ago in April and have totally found out he used to be beaten . When I got him he was a totally untrained rogue running wild that got picked up by the shelter. He was on their adoption floor approximately 1-2 days the got taken off due to stress and scheduled for euthanizia. I intervened and got him out of there not knowing what I was in for (Grammy helped... I couldn't stomach the thought of meeting him in the shelter, but she did, and I had double-booked myself with 2 rescue dogs!). Anywhooo... long story short, he is the best dog I could have ever asked for. Mind you after much training and working with him... he is the best! Meanwhile, I can tell he's been beaten in the past. And it makes me absolutely sick! The first time I noticed it was when he was laying on my bed and I was unpacking from a biz trip and pulled my belt out... he shot to the ground at my feet and laid there convulsing in shivers and cowering expecting to be hit!!! Then whenever I have to have a male worker come to my house... like today for the AC, he is trying to be so brave and bark at them like he's protective, but he's just plain scared! And cowers at them, too. Until they pat him and tell him it's ok, then he seems to be so much better. It just breaks my heart!!