Some people chose to misinterpret the two-week shutdown as complete isolation. It is not. It allows the dog to observe the happenings in the home from the sidelines rather than as an active participant. It is simply about gradually integrating the new dog into a home and allowing it to de-stress.
Which seems to be exactly what that article advocates, although it suggests allowing "at least 3 weeks" for the dog to settle in.
Originally Posted by Diesel and Lace
Nice, this is kind of what I wanted to do but thought maybe it was in his best interest to do the two week shut down. This is similar but without the isolation.
Nope, no isolation in the 2 week shutdown: http://www.bigdogsbighearts.com/2_week_shutdown0001.pdf
It does say to "crate the dog in a room by itself if possible", but that doesn't mean the dog stays in the crate in that room by themselves all the time, it just means that when the dog is crated
, it shouldn't be in a busy, active part of the house being bombarded with overwhelming stimuli. The link specifically mentions the dog seeing you and hearing you, and also leashing the dog to you or a piece of furniture near you, which wouldn't be possible if it were completely isolated in a crate in another room all the time.
The shut down means no:
Excessive petting or handling
Overwhelming the dog with too much new stuff
What it does allow for:
Exercise and ball play in your yard ("Do fun toss the ball games in your yard or on a lunge line if no fence. Remember to just have fun, let the dog run and explore.")
Gentle praise, touch, and soft petting (Dog is sitting nicely next to you, touch or softly pet the dog "good boy/girl" let then know you appreciate GOOD behavior. This makes naughty behavior not so fun if you ignore THAT but praise the good!")
I've never had a rescue so I've never needed to do the shut down, but it seems like basic common sense to me - you're bringing a dog into your home who has possibly had their entire world turned upside down, and they need some time, and a quiet place of their own, to help them settle in, feel comfortable, and learn to trust you. What could be wrong with that?
If you don't think it's necessary or would be beneficial for your dog, don't do it. But to take one small part of the program out of context and blow it all out of proportion, and then slam the entire program because of that misrepresentation, well that just doesn't make sense to me at all.