We just adopted a 6 week old lab mix 2 days ago from our local shelter. I know that she is two weeks too young to be away from mom and siblings, but as she had already been removed from her mother, there wasn't much we could do about it. That being said, we are trying to be extra cautious about her developing any psychological/anxiety issues. The problem is, she is now whining when she wakes up and wants to be let out of her crate (mostly for pottying) but for food and attention too. She also whines if she is awake in her crate and I leave the room. I want to discourage this behavior, but I'm kind of confused about when it is "okay" for her to whine. I.E. I want her to let me know when she has to go to the bathroom, but I don't want her to whine and cry to get whatever she wants or develop separation anxiety. Currently, my strategy is trying to catch her just waking up and before she can start to make noise to take her out of her crate to potty. I know she is very young so I'm not sure how much of this early training she can retain, but I want to nip the problem in the bud as soon as possible. How can I teach her to feel secure in being alone in her crate but also continue to meet her needs as far as letting her out of her crate when she has to go?