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Okay here are some thoughts...
If you are showing in juniors and regular classes that is a lot for a puppy let alone a boy. If it is a specialty, you would have juniors, regular classes and Sweepstakes until your puppy is 18 months old which is even more. Then most shows are at least 2 days and that multiplies the amount of work.
I actually witnessed a family burn out a puppy by doing this, entering every available class for a 5 day show. By the end the puppy was burnt out and never really got back her love of showing.
That takes me to the next thought. For the puppy (and ideally your son) this has to be fun. It is a real balance to find that for both of them. If you are allowed by your breeder to register him with UKC, I would look into starting there if they have some in your area. They are a much smaller organization and must UKC shows are very family and newbie friendly. Also the level of grooming is much less intimidating as UKC does not allow the use of product on the coat.
If you do need to choose I would go juniors at least until your son gets a very good foundation of ring procedures and the puppy has gotten some good ring experience.
You will be amazed at all the little things it takes to show a dog well and a good chunk is building routine and muscle memory. How your stride length should be, how to quickly and safely wind a lead into your hand, which foot to plant for your pivot on the individual work, how to set and reset the collar, and what to do about bait. These are the little things that once learned become second nature but while you are learning can be frustrating.