Join Date: Sep 2014
Dogs Name: Maverick and Kya
Titles: GCH, BH, Dock Diving, Agility, Rally, and of course Supreme bed destroyer
Dogs Age: 4 years and 20mo
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What Mel said.
It's unfortunate that rescues don't have pamphlets explaining how to best allow a dog to adjust.
The first two weeks they should only spend with the family, in your house/yard, meeting no one else and even slow introductions to other animals in your house. You don't know their past and what they've been through. They need time to unwind, adjust to your schedule and to get to know you and trust you.
Then in the next two weeks you do slow introductions... walks around up and down the block, if you see she's comfortable go around the block.... You want to do everything at a snails pace, too much too fast and you'll either see aggression or fear/timid. Luckily you're seeing intimidation.
It takes a full month - 2mo. before you really start to see their personality come out. In the meantime, you need to be playing games and doing things to build their confidence. Google, "dog confidence building" and you should find some fun games you can play.