The Secret to
The Two Week Shutdown
It Doesn't Happen Overnight.
Every dog is unique and will adjust at their own pace. The process takes time and patience, but it's worth the wait! Give your new dog a chance to become part of the family and finally feel forver home.
Ignore crying and/or barking. If you run to the dog each time they bark, whine, or cry, you are teaching the dog that doing those things gets your attention. The dog must learn to be secure when you are not there. Use the leash to correct jumping, exploring counter surfing, garbage diving, etc.
As an example, the dog is sitting nicely next to you, touch or softly pet the dog "good boy/girl" let them know you appreciate good, calm behavior. This makes naughty behavior not so fun if you ignore that but praise the good.
Literally in two weeks you will see a change in the dog and begin to see its honest and true personality. Just like a house guest. They are well behaved and literally shut down themselves these first few weeks, then post this time, they relax and the true personality begins to shine thru!
So, please, if nothing else for your new dog, give it the time to learn about you as you are learning who they are. This method works on shy dogs, confident dogs, abuse cases, chained dogs that come in, rowdy dogs, all temperaments.
You will see in the way they start to look to you for guidance that you have gained their trust and showed them, calmly and fairly, what this new world is like, they literally relax and feel safe. There is no need to force that you are the leader. Slow easy guidance,
patience, showing them what we want them to do in a new home instead of correcting them when they do wrong. We instill that we are worthy to the dog to be its leader.