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New Boston Terrier puppy troubles

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Hey everyone! After having a hard time last week about giving up on adopting a puppy (New Boston Terrier puppy this weekend!), I'm happy to say that I found a 15 week pup from a VERY reputable breeder. I flew to another state to pick him up and now he's home in the middle of Manhattan!

He's having a little hard time adjusting right now, I have a couple issues so if you guys have any advice it would be greatly appreciated!

- He's not eating ... he did eat about 1/4 cup last night but nothing this morning.
- He is nervous whenever he is outside, expected since he is not a city pup, but he would just stand still and shake a lot, refusing to walk.
- Since he is nervous outside, he wouldn't do his business. I do take him out a lot and he was managed to go No.1 a couple of times, but no No.2.
- He's not used to sleeping alone yet, I had to stay last night on the couch with lights on so he can see me while he sleeps. We tried leaving him alone but he cried a lot and ended up pooping in his crate...
- He's not responding to treats or toys even at home, so it's a little hard to train...
- Breeder said that I should feed twice a day (1/2 cup each), but everywhere I read online people suggest 3 or 4 times a day. What should I do?


Here's a shot of the little guy Woody:
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it's natural that he eats less right now.
Try not to pay too much attention to his nerves, and stay calm yourself. You are his example, so you need to be his example that there is nothing to fear and that these things are normal - he is simply adjusting and needs to see from you that it is fine and that you are trustworthy - just do not baby him when he is afraid, but rather praise and give attention (which is also a form of praise) every time he is not afraid.
Get him used to the house first, and perhaps carry him in the city in the beginning. Take it one step at a time.

I used to feed the rotties 3x a day but our provider advised that 2x a day is good. Just check with your food producer and what they advise.

Good luck, and don't worry too much - it won't take very long, but will also not go overnight, so it may take a week or even a month. Just give him the right guidance and praise at the right times to encourage his confidence and fearlessness :)
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p.s he is freaking cute!
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