Making the most of the first few days of life with your new dog can avoid undesirable behavior in the future. The first and most important thing to remember is, you’re setting a precedent for future behavior from the moment your dog walks into your home.
To them you are the new pack. New litter-mates. Dogs quickly read how the pack is set up. You being the “leader of the pack” needs to be clear from the start. If you don’t take responsibility for your role in the relationship, a dog will take the opportunity for you.
Right now love and affection are important but leadership is crucial, no matter the breed of dog. Setting up positive dynamics from the start gives a dog a sense of security.
Pressure is taken off a traumatized dog when the human is the clear leader. If you feel bad for your dog, you are sending a message they don’t understand. They just sense something is wrong. Be understanding in your approach; give them the sense of order they thrive on.