When I first took Daisy on as a foster, I wanted to focus on building trust and training her in the basic commands, so she could go to a nice home with a nice family. However, it soon became clear that the basic commands would have to wait until I could build trust with her and get her to look me in the eye. A very scary prospect for my girl.
During the first few days she spent with me, I just allowed Daisy "to be". I wanted her to become used to her new surroundings first; to get used to all the sights, sounds and smells that surrounded her in her new home. I did not expose her to any new experiences (besides the house and the yard). We did not go to the dog park right away. We did not take a jaunt to Petsmart. We didn't even go for walks because Daisy was so afraid of me touching her collar.