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Puppy not eating/ too much time in crate?
Day before yesterday (Monday), Frosty didn't eat his breakfast. That morning we had his check-up at the vet, so I told the vet that I didn't think Frosty liked the new food (Canidae) that the breeder asked me to switch him to. I had been feeding mostly Eukanuba with little bits of the Canidae mixed in for a gradual change to the new food. But the more Canidae I put in, the less he liked it, so by Monday morning he didn't touch his breakfast. The vet said that Eukanuba should be fine and to just feed him that instead of changing if he likes it better. So yesterday was all three meals (1/4C per meal) totally Eukanuba, and he chowed it down like a champion. So I thought I had the problem solved. Well, now again today, he's not eating anything. He didn't eat breakfast and is now refusing lunch. His food is exactly the same as it was yesterday when he gulped it all down, so I don't know why he's not eating. Is he still adjusting to his new home (we got him this past Saturday)? Is it possible that it's just his natural inclination to eat a lot one day and not much the next day? When should I start to worry? He drank a ton of water first thing this morning and then a few sips after a walk. He didn't drink any with lunch.
In the back of my mind, I wonder if he's not eating because he's crated too much? In all the things I read about potty training, it says restrict access, restrict access, restrict access. So we have him in an x-pen in the great room where all of us always are at. His crate is inside the pen. I take him out of the x-pen for 30-45 minutes of supervised play time every couple of hours. He sleeps in his crate all night (11pm-7am). Usually in the evenings, he's just laying with us on the couch, so he's not in his x-pen or crate that much in the evening, just mostly during the day. He can always see us, but often he's barking/whining to get out. Am I doing this wrong?!? Today he's gone on his own accord into his crate inside the x-pen, and stayed there sleeping the whole morning. I'm guessing because he has no energy because he hasn't eaten!!
I've emailed my breeder, but I thought I'd come here with my concerns as well. Any advice would be great. Thanks!
worried new mommy