Hello, Welcome to Just Answer! I would be happy to help you with your pet today.
Congratulations on your new puppy!
Unfortunately for your plans...placing the crate in an isolated area like the utility room, is not likely to be successful. Dogs are social animals, and really do not like to be isolated. In fact, they view social isolation as a form of punishment.
So, it is certainly understandable that you may not want to have your dog sleep in bed with you...however, it is more realistic to expect the dog to sleep on a doggy bed or inside of a crate, in an area where the family is also sleeping.
I have a very good handout that I use in my practice that discusses how to crate train a dog in detail.
I am attaching it here for you to read...
As far as the eating goes...not all dogs are big eaters. As long as he is eating enough food to maintain his weight, then this is fine.
Have you been feeding him handouts from the kitchen table or counters at all?
Are you offering him dry food or canned food? Or both?
We did try placing the crate in my oldest son's room but, he wailed. I know there is no easy answer but, we all need our sleep and at this point whether we are placing the crate in a bedroom or the utility room, he still wails. Both of my sons were colicky infants and in comparison that was a walk in the park compared to our Bones.
We don't feed him anything but his dog food. He doesn't even seem to beg for food when we are eating our meals. He's just a puppy with a small appetite.
Crate training can be very frustrating for a dog that is not accustomed to it. I encourage you to read the handout that I provided as it goes into detail on how to best go about acclimating him to the crate. The points are too numerous and long for me to try to type out here.
It is good that you are not feeding him from the table. Continue to only offer him dog food.
Some dogs do not like dry dog food. If he was being given some moist food at the shelter, then he may prefer that. Something you can do is add some warm water to his dry kibble and see if that makes it more appealing for him.
I'll read the handout...and thanks. He is really a sweet tempered dog. I'm just wondering if the time spent in a shelter has him freaked out about the crate.
You can also smear the dry food with a teaspoon or two of pureed chicken baby food.
Many dogs really like this, as it adds a lot of flavor. Just be sure that the pureed chicken you use does not contain any garlic or onions in it.
Alternatively, you could switch him to canned dog food. Just be sure that you are regularly brushing his teeth with canine toothpaste.
If you have further questions regarding this matter, please just let me know as I would be happy to address them for you.
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