Today my parents surprised me with a puppy. My family has dealt with a lot these past 6 months and I have lost literally everything I had. I no longer have my horse, my best friend, my dog ran away, we moved, im in a different huge public high school with no friends, and so I haven't had much of anything to keep me motivated and going. They surprised me with this puppy today so I can train him and grow with him and make him my new best friend. I plan on doing everything with him, from sleeping with him in my bed to maybe doing some agility when he grows up. He is a scottish terrier / west highland mix. He is only 5 weeks old, his mom ran out of milk and he was forced to be weened early. I am not new to owning dogs. I had my own dog when I was 8 and he ran away when I was 14 but I've had and been around dogs my whole life. I know in order to create a bond I really just need to spend as much time carrying him around and loving on him and paying attention to him. I need to work on potty training and basic commands soon. I just want to ask everyone what are some tips you can give me? Anything you have learned from raising your own puppy that could be useful to me.
My golden retriever had a litter of 11 puppies when I was about 12 and we took care of them for several months before selling, I just don't fully remember and it wasn't completely my responsibility to take care of them. I want to do the best for this little guy and I really want to have a good bond with him because the one thing I really need right now is love and friendship and nothing could give me more of that than raising my own puppy. So please, anything you can tell me. Any tips and pointers I can use. ^^