A rescued dog finally feels safe and excited to greet people and other dogs. He is now happy and ready to enjoy life and does not get annoyed and nervous when meeting new things. And, it is a great feeling to see a rescued dog finally happy again.
However, if your dog is not ready yet, it can be very frustrating because then, your doggy has a hard time communicating to you that he is ready to be social. And, you, as his rescuer must try hard to help your dog be social and friendly to the world; and you must be really patient while he does it.
And, you must never lose patience. Rescued dogs have an uncanny ability to get confused and lose it when you lose patience as they have a strong urge to do so for they are unable to communicate to you they are ready.
You must know the signs that your dog is not ready to be social yet. For instance, he will get very anxious and sometimes start to whine and pant and he might also look around for a source of safety that he feels is around to comfort him.
And, if he starts to bark and he barks and he barks and then he may just get louder and then he might even howl. He will always make a very low and harsh sound when barking because he gets excited. And, he might even try to bite and bite and bite especially when he perceives something to be threatening to him.
If he gets this way, you must immediately take your dog to a person who knows dogs from his rescue and they must use their expertise and their tools to help him. And, once you take him there, he is trained to be social and he will learn social cues very fast with very little effort and it is not hard for them.
And, then, you must let your dog know that you are the leader of the pack and that you are capable of bringing the situation under control. Then, he will start to learn to respond to you appropriately.
Finally, a rescued dog can be stabilized and restored to normal social life with some skill, patience and commitment engaged.