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I have raised a number(14) of foster puppies. Each one teaches me something new. The last one, that butter tarts are NOT safe on top of the refridgerator.
I found using a small puppy crate, in the beginning, works better for me. You can usually pick them up for around $25 or ask a friend to borrow one. They are small enough and light enough to be moved from room to room where ever you are, and fit nicely in a car. I also think puppies feel safer in the smaller space. I also cover the crate with a thick blanket, it makes the crate more "den-like" and helps muffle outside sounds and the puppy is not distracted by everything going on outside the crate.
I like my guys to sleep in my bedroom, they will eventually end up there anyway. Maybe I am a pushover, but I could never sleep if a puppy was crying its heart out. It has just left everything it has ever known. I keep the crate right next to the bed, where I can reach it if the pup is too upset. I do not let it out of the crate just because it is fussing. I can also hear the puppy when it needs to go out.
I do not put anything, towel etc, on the bottom of the crate, as puppy will just pee on it and then push it out of the way. I find they go thru the night faster this way.
Talk to your vet, but you can begin socializing your puppy in public before he has finished his shots. I take mine, out in public as soon as they come home at 6.5 weeks. I just have to avoid places where there are other dogs, Petco, Petsmart etc. But they go to the bank, Chapters (the canadian equivalent of Barnes and Noble), my kids afterschool program, hockey games etc. Except for the afterschool program (where the kids have sanitized their hands) I do not let people touch the puppy, and I carry the puppy.
In our area, we also have an early learning socialization class for puppies 8-12 weeks, with vet approval.
But mostly, enjoy your puppy, they are little for such a short period of time and take lots of pictures.