Awesome, it's super cute and right now is only 8 weeks old, still moving slowly and sleeping a lot.
Well, on it's first day in your house anyway! :)
Piece of cake... right?
Talking from my own experience, puppies can be extremely hard work. Hard work that most people are not prepared for.
It seems so easy, even people who have had dogs before forget what its like. I have often overheard mothers in our puppy classes declaring that raising a puppy is harder than a baby. "Blasphemy!" I hear you say. But nonetheless, week after week I see people struggling to control their furkids. I can happily say that most of them push through and do manage.
Here are some problems you might have and some links to resources that can help you get through this!!
The most important thing to remember with potty training a puppy is to always reward them when they are doing their business in the right place, and to completely ignore them when they do it inside (It's so difficult I know because, "Oh my gosh! Why the hell did my dog just pee on my Persian rug?!!" and there is a definite need to shout at someone for this, right...? No, don't give the dog ANY attention for this behaviour).
You can find some great potty training tips here: http://www.clickertraining.com/housetraining
Although extremely frustrating, only you can make the logical decision to control your mouth (unlike your puppy, that is until you teach him how), so don't shout at your dog. During puppy hood your puppies learn appropriate levels of biting through play. In addition to this, they start teething and getting their adult teeth. When babies teethe they can have a wide range of symptoms such as fevers, illness, crying, screaming even.
When puppies teethe you will see symptoms such as something I call Piranha mouth (Is this a thing? Let's make it a thing.). Where your puppy almost goes into a biting frenzy. The best thing to do is to redirect the behaviour and to give your puppy something appropriate to chew. Always swap, never just pull something away from your puppy. E.g. Swap your new bra for a hoof. Swap your gym trainers for a toy. Wait... make that a hoof full of peanut butter... or anything that is higher value, because lets face it, those smelly shoes are pretty appealing to your puppy. :)
I found relief from Ruby's incessant chewing by giving her ice blocks to chew. Even if it just stopped her for 10-20 minutes it was a well-needed break that made the world of difference to my quality of life.
Here's a great resource to use to help you with your puppy's chewing. http://www.clickertraining.com/node/3436
To me, leaving the puppy in another room is cruel. The puppy has just been wrenched away from its family and now it is left all alone to fend for itself. The first night we had Ruby, she cried non-stop for several hours even in a bed next to ours. She refused to stay in her own bed. Eventually I held her close to me and she continued to whimper for almost 2 hours before she finally made a great big sigh and fell asleep. It's something you can only tell if you are ever in that situation, but I could definitely tell that my dog was beside herself. And how could I allow her to be so upset when I was right there, readily available to comfort her?!
With our second puppy Baxter, again we tried to keep him out of our bed, and again he cried and cried. I put him in our bed but unlike Ruby, he didn't moan whenever he woke up (you should know that your puppy will need to pee each time they wake up). So, I couldn't tell when he needed to pee! And he happily peed on my bed!!! Thank goodness our potty training progressed quickly and he grew quickly enough that he could jump off the bed to go pee.
However, our dogs are small, and so being in our bed is not an issue. If you have a puppy that is going to be a big dog, it probably isn't the best idea to have them in bed with you. They will get used to it, it's super comfy after all. And they will not understand when suddenly at 2 years old they are not allowed cuddles with you at night anymore. So, base line is be consistent without being cruel.
Here are two great links where you can find some lovely examples and how to implement them:
These are just a few things you might be experiencing as a new puppy owner. Fortunately/unfortunately this behaviour can last up to 2.5 years depending on the breed of your dog. I say fortunately because, there is nothing like the energy of a puppy. There is nothing like the playfulness, the happiness, the kisses, the love-bites, and the wriggly cuddles. You will miss these times when your dog is older. Obviously, you will still love your dog, but, don't take this time for granted. Enjoy it. Make the most of it, for you and your dog. Hopefully you can both come out the other side happy and psychologically intact. :D
I know it is difficult. I have raised 2 puppies and adopted 1. Okay, Dolly was over a year old when we adopted her, but that still counts as a puppy mmmkay?! All 3 are still puppies in fact. There is a never-ending battle between enjoying our dogs and enjoying having nice things. :) But at the end of the day it is worth every minute, every penny, and ever tear spent.
*Disclaimer: The use of the word "anarchy" is in no way a reference to hierarchical training methods.