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I've had my lab for a week now and love him. He is only 10 weeks old. I understand that puppies are very attached to their owners in their early stages, but I'm starting to think that he's a little too attached. If he is more than a couple of yards away from me, he comes running back to me. I love the attention he gives me, but it's so much to the point where he won't eat unless I'm literally right next to him. We could be in the same room, but still if I'm not close enough he won't eat. Also, I'm doing crate training with him. I put him in his crate whenever I go to work or have to go somewhere. I also put his food and water bowls in there with him. As soon as I leave, of course he cries for me, which is expected. But the entire time I'm gone, he won't even touch his food or water once. But he instantly starts to eat once I come back to let him out. Is this normal? How can I break him out of the habit, so that he knows he can eat whenever he wants without me having to be right next to him?