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Let me start off by saying that my wife and I were both raised with dogs but this is the first time we're raising a puppy on our own. The point of this post is to ask (in your opinions) if our puppy's behavior is rather normal, and also to see if you have any recommendations.

We recently got him this past Saturday. We think he is a half lab/half boxer mix and he's about 2.5 - 3 months old. He is a rescue dog that we got from a local reputable shelter. So far he has been great with things like interacting with us, eating on a regular schedule, and he's coming along with house training as well. The only issue we've been having is that he has a huge problem with any separation from us. We are crate training him and every puppy I've raised has had a tough time at night (cries for a while at first) when initially crate training, but he absolutely flips out if we even just leave his side. For example, if we're in a room with him and we walk away, even if he can see us 10-15 feet away, he howls and cries. And he isn't in a crate during a time like this, just sequestered off into one specific room as we want him to slowly get acquainted with the rest of our house. He has cried so much the past few days that he sounds like he's almost losing his voice.

We have been giving him plenty of love and affection, and he isn't in the crate much at all besides at night. We've been getting up in the middle of the night as well to let him out and take him for a walk.

This is our first rescue dog, and I don't know exactly what his history is. Maybe he's scared we won't come back, maybe he was taken from his mother too young. We really love him and want to do what we can so he isn't stressing himself out too much. Below are some of the things we've been trying:
  • Let him go in the crate by himself and give him a few treats while he's in there
  • Keep a toy that he likes in the crate
  • Keep a shirt that smells like us in the crate
  • White noise
  • We even bought some type of spray that our vet recommended to calm him down
The only change I can think of making is to put his crate in our family room where we usually hangout with him. Right now it's in a room upstairs because honestly we can't sleep with him crying for hours at a time and our downstairs is open concept so there are no doors, so we keep him in a room where we can shut the door. But if we move it to the family room I think he might get more used to it. My only issue with this is that he hates when we leave him regardless of the crate, so he's still going to flip out.

I know some people keep the crate in their rooms so the dog can see you, but I really don't think that's going to help cause I know he'll still cry and we need to sleep. It would be much louder having him cry in our room.

If you have any recommendations, it would be very helpful. Again, we don't know if this is normal or not, and if it's something that we can just take steps to get him over this type of separation anxiety then we would like to try them.

And before you say it, I get that we've only had the dog for four days. Neither of us are expecting him to come home and behave like an adult dog. However, I never remember my puppies in the past acting like this, so I wanted to reach out.

Thanks!
 

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Thanks for the replies everyone. He has been much better, but still does have issues with us leaving the room or being away from him.

We are just ignoring him when he whines and hoping that he eventually stops.
 
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