my puppy is clingy and cries when i get out of his sight
i have a 15 week old puppy who cries when i get out of his sight,help.
it is a problem, also he thinks he needs to eat people food, i need to be stronger.
Puppies are like babies, and it's normal for them to cry, be clingy and demanding. However, just like with babies, you can't allow them to have their own way - they don't know what's best for them, they only know what they want!
Your puppy has obviously bonded closely with you, which is good, but he needs to know that he can stay on his own for periods of time, and that you will always come back. If he doesn't learn this as a puppy, you could end up with what I call a 'velcro puppy' and that can turn into separation anxiety later on.
Of course, he will cry and complain if he can't be with you, but as long as he's safe in his crate or pen (or his own room etc.) and has his toys to play with he will be fine for short periods. As he gets older, you will be able to leave him for longer.
Ignore his crying and complaining, and never go to him while he's making a noise. Only when he's quiet. That way he won't think his whining is what brought you back. Given time and patience he will accept this, you just have to be strong - and remember you're not being cruel. Quite the opposite actually, you're helping him learn to feel okay on his own, that's important.
As for the food, the same thing. He may LIKE human food better than his own kibble, but it's not good for him. If you want to make him homemade dog food that's okay, as long as you follow the proper guidelines for canine nutrition. Otherwise, choose a premium quality puppy food and feed it to him.
He may refuse to eat it for a while, or be 'picky', but he won't starve himself. When he realizes that's all he's getting to eat he will soon start to shape up. Again, this isn't being unkind, it's just not spoiling him.
It's in your puppys' best interests that you set the house rules and guidelines and help him to learn to follow them. Puppies thrive on routine and they need discipline as well as love. Just be patient and I'm sure it will all work out fine.
Best of luck with him :o)