It is called the two week shut down, and there is a A LOT of good that can be accomplished from this.
It is important to note that the dog is not isolated from people … but is in a crate and able to watch, hear, smell, etc. everything that is going on around it.
A lot of rescue groups highly recommend this and the reason is the dog is overwhelmed – ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING is new, and the dog has no idea what the rules are.
Start SLOW and give the dog a chance.
I certainly wouldn’t have the dog in the crate 24/7 for 2 weeks … but I wouldn’t be running off to socialize it with everything that moves, breathes, walks, etc.
You don’t really know anything about this dog’s background, so give the dog a chance to get to know YOU.
A routine could be (I’m putting out a hypothetical LOL … I know nothing of you and your family or your lifestyle!)
Wake up in the morning, take dog out of the crate (put a slip leash on the dog) and walk through the house to the backyard and go out with the dog to use the bathroom (I’d take the leash off LOL to let him do his business). Give him a couple of minutes to sniff around and check things out … Call him, if he doesn’t come, just walk up slowly towards him (not stalking, just don’t run at him!) and slip the leash back over his neck and back in the house.
Shower / getting ready for work … I’d tie the leash to something study (door handle) so he has enough slack to lie down while he watches you get ready.
Back in the crate while you’re at work.
Home from work, take dog out of the crate (put a slip leash on the dog) and walk through the house to the backyard and go out with the dog to use the bathroom. I’d give him about 15-20 minutes to sniff around and check things out … this is new yard, let him get used to the smells!
Getting supper ready … same idea as when you were getting ready in the morning … tie him up somewhere so he can watch – is not in the way and go about your business.
Evening – ALONE – NO OTHER DOGS – take him for a nice long stroll around your neighbourhood … take about an hour or so and let him see what his new environment is like. Let him sniff, let him lead a little bit and check things out (I don’t mean let him be a complete and total whack job on the leash, but if he’s leaning towards checking out a tree, let him check it out).
Back in the crate for about an hour or so while you putter around the house (you can feed him in the crate too!)
Outside for about an hour or so in the back yard … test his obedience – what does he know? Not know? You could have a toy or two and play with him for a bit.
The biggest mistake people make is bringing home a rescue dog and throwing everything at it … the dog cannot handle it and will react … the new owners are SHOCKED that their new dog did “X” and have no idea how it could have happened.
Here’s a link to a website that talks about it: http://www.wagsandwhiskersrescue.org..._SHUT_DOWN.pdf