Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Stouffville Ontario Canada
Hi there, yes, will second looking up `two week shut-down`.
You just got your dog, he may be laying low, scoping out his new world. He doesn`t know you, your place or your dog, he doesn`t know if he`s safe, so he may be just being super `careful` and just not feeling comfortable enough to have an appetite or want to play . Two week shut-down is just about keeping new dogs away (as much as you can) from anything that would get him in trouble.
As for negative reinforcement and corrections, I would wait (unless you really can`t). All dogs are different. My previous girl was a gsd (possibly working line) with attitude (wonderful!), corrections (when we used them) where no big deal to her. My previous new guy (different dog, breed, and past history) will fold if you are too demanding about feeding him hot dogs. He also arrived like yours, spending his first few days on the couch (asking permission for that) and being the perfect good dog (like a statue), but only because he didn`t want to `rock the boat`. 3 months in, and he`s still settling in, but much better.
Dogs need time to settle in, two weeks, two months, or more. Let him get to know you and you him.
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