Hi there, I would really appreciate your thoughts on how I can better manage my new puppy. He's a crossbreed, a bit over 8 weeks old, and I took him home yesterday. In general, things are going well - he's not destroyed anything (in fact has been remarkably non-chewy), the few accidents he's had have been entirely my fault, he's learning quite quickly not to jump up or to mouth, and generally he's a really sweet little guy. There are, however, a few things I feel like I could definitely be managing better/could use a little help with. 1) Eating - he's really not into his food or his treats at all. He's on the same dry kibble as he was on at the breeder's and is meant to get about 250g per day but to be honest if he's taken 50g today I'd be surprised. He's not interested in treats - you can offer them and he'll sniff and then ignore them. I've tried interactive toys with food in, kongs, soaking the food, etc and he's not fussed. 2) Crate - obviously as he's very young I'm not wanting to shut him in the crate really (apart from possibly overnight?) but I would really like him to get used to the idea of it being a nice, non-threatening place. A lot of the advice given is to feed in the crate, put stuffed kongs and treats in it etc, but for him that makes no difference because he's completely uninterested in food/treats/toys like that. He just wants to be around you and doesn't seem to care what's around if you're not there. 3) Separation - on occasion, I do need to leave him in his secure playpen to go use the loo, make some food, or clean up after him. Since he arrived, if you even turned your back on him he would start to cry, which would soon escalate into howling and screaming. The advice is to distract with stuffed kongs, chews and toys and then when he's suitably distracted pop out for 2 seconds and back again, so he sees that you went and came back but he doesn't get to the point of anxiety and reactiveness. As above, this doesn't really work because he really doesn't care about chews or toys or food and is super alert to whatever you're doing. When he makes noise I don't react, I wait until he's quiet then I turn back to him. 4) Overnight - last night I slept in the sitting room with him because he couldn't come in my bedroom and I didn't want him to have a bad experience being alone the first night and then be terrified of his playpen. He was in the playpen with the crate open inside it, so he could sleep in whichever bit he wanted. He chose the playpen. He howled/screamed for about an hour at a time, then would stop for an hour (I think, or maybe I just fell asleep) and then scream for another hour. Me being there seemed to make no difference at all. Is it worth sleeping in the sitting room with him again, and if so how much reassurance should I provide? If he starts to fret do I talk to him or ignore him until he's quiet? I went with the 'ignore until he's quiet' approach last night but it literally took an hour before he was quiet for 3 seconds together, and then once you spoke to say good boy he would start howling again so evidently that was the wrong thing to do. Also, I really don't want to give him a bad experience in his crate but I know quite a few people just put them in the crate, close the door and then let them cry it out overnight for the first few nights (taking them out to use the loo every hour or so, obviously). If anyone has any thoughts on the above I'd love to hear them! Thanks.