Hello everyone, I just got a 2 year old Malamute. He's had a pretty rough few months. He's on his 4th home, and all these changes have taken place in the last 2.5 months. I guess I'm a little worried about him developing separation anxiety. His previous owner said he was good in the crate. I fed him his dinner in the crate while I ate mine upstairs (about 30 min.) and he whined and pawed the crate the whole time. I know he's pretty anxious right now (he just moved into my home), so I'm not surprised, and I was also wondering if he might just be seeing what he can get away with. My husband and I are home a lot this summer, so we don't really need to leave him alone, but in the fall he'll have to be left alone for a few hours a day. And I want him to be comfortable, and to understand that when we leave - we will come back. I guess I'm just wondering if there's things I should be doing right now, as he's learning the ropes in his new home, to set him up for success in this respect. Should i retrain him in the crate, using slow steps and positive reinforcement? Should I leave him alone for a while each day to he doesn't get too used to having us around all the time? If I leave him alone - I prefer to have him crated because I can't guarantee that he won't eat a sofa or something crazy. I've heard about giving good food or treats in the crate so they have something fun to occupy themselves with. I'm going to try a stuffed kong, but so far he seems to be more play motivated than food motivated. I don't have much experience working with a play motivated dog, but it is possible that I just haven't found the right treat for him. anyone have any advice? am i being too paranoid, too soon, and should just let him settle in before i start diagnosing issues?