I've been looking around the local animal shelter for a new dog. I found a terrier x dachshund pup that I really liked, but she had already been adopted and found on the street so they have to wait 5 days before they can adopt the dog back out, and the people who let her loose before can back for her. We are moving into our new apartment tomorrow [Wednesday], so we need a sort of small dog. Anyway, back on topic, I found a nice dog today when we went to look; a little white and black bitch, appears to be some sort of shepard cross. She's about 6 inches taller at the sholder than our blue heeler/poodle cross. But my mom says she's too big, but she's really shy, so I think that she's just using that as an excuse. When we open their cage door, most of the dogs will rush out excitedly, but this little girl just sorta cowered in her kennel and didn't come out. I think she's been abused. I think I could bring her out of it, though, if I had the chance. What I'm asking is: 1) How can I persuade my mom that this dog is not too big and will be fine with a bit of help? 2) Does anyone have tips on bringing a shy dog out of their shell?