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We've been taking Noodle out regularly and have taken him on two very long walks where he was carried and just set down to potty for 5-10 minutes at regular intervals. He has peed a few times (like twice a day) but has had zero poops. He is eating and isn't straining to go.

I can't figure out when is safe to put him in his crate for a bit because he doesn't ever seem to be "empty."

I am giving it a few days since I know everything is so new. But.. hmm..
 

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We've been taking Noodle out regularly and have taken him on two very long walks where he was carried and just set down to potty for 5-10 minutes at regular intervals. He has peed a few times (like twice a day) but has had zero poops. He is eating and isn't straining to go.

I can't figure out when is safe to put him in his crate for a bit because he doesn't ever seem to be "empty."

I am giving it a few days since I know everything is so new. But.. hmm..
After he’s been outside and given the chance to eliminate, you can put him 8n the crate, even if he didn’t go. Since he shouldn’t have enough space in the crate to soil in one end and sleep or lay at the other end, he will have to hold it. If you think he needs to go while he is in there, take him out without speaking to him, or playing, or petting or even looking at him. Make it boring, wait until he does his business, and back in the crate. Even if he doesn’t go. You do this so he doesn’t think that fussing will get him out of the crate.

It’s quite an art, but you will master it, lol !

Teach him a pee/poo command, it will help. Just say the words exactly when he is doing it, and he will start understanding after a while.
 

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I agree with Dechi. Give Noodle a chance to settle and I am sure he will get on a good schedule.
 

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He may not show it, but the transition to new everything with nothing left of all he knew before can cause stress responses. In this case, he's likely just off kilter and will find his place in his new life quite soon. Some people also have this response to changes in environment due to travel. At least people know what's happening and can deal with the situation.

Little Noodle will be fine, but it may not hurt to check with your vet, if he hasn't already been given a look-see after bringing him home.
 

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Do you have a fenced yard? I would let a newbie explore instead of going on official walks. Noodle will potty when he is a bit more relaxed with his surroundings and routine,
 
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