We just brought our new puppy home. Since the breeders had her outside, I thought it was best to crate her and keep taking her outside periodically until she potties, then let her explore the house. Unfortunately, she hasn't pottied yet so when we go inside, I have to keep putting her back in the crate. The way she keeps whining and mournfully howling, I can tell she really hates the crate. Plus this is her first day away from her mother and siblings so she probably feels lonely and afraid. Knowing this makes me want to take her out of the crate and hold her, but I've heard taking puppies out when they're whining is a bad idea and encourages hours of whining at night? I thought maybe putting food and water in with her would help calm her, but I ended up with a wet crate full of soggy food lol. Guess I'll have to feed and water her outside or get some dishes that won't tip over. Am I doing the right thing or is there a better way?