First, congratuations because I KNOW you will love your puppy! That being said, after three puppies I can confidently give the following advice:
1. Anything you love needs to be 3 ft higher than where you think the dog can get to. They can always reach things you think they can’t (like the back of the counter where cupcakes are cooling!)
2. Protect your furniture! Something will, inevitably, be chewed at some point. Because furniture can’t be picked up from the floor, the furniture is usually first.
3. Dedicate a set amount of time each day for walking and training. If you get in the routine now, it will make a well-behaved and happy dog for the future.
4. Get your dog spayed or neutered. I’m totally gonna pull that line because, frankly, the last thing this world needs is more unwanted puppies or mensturating dogs.
5. Whatever you do for your dog, picture it bigger. So, for example, allowing my 75lb Shephard to sleep in my bed as a 10lb puppy was cute. Now it is annoying kicking her off the bed all night.
As for crate training… I got my current pup too young (she was seperated from her mother at 5 weeks and should have been 8-10 weeks). As a result she has all sorts of weird seperation problems. I tried crate training her for the first 3 weeks and after 3 weeks of NO sleep (she cried ALL EFFING NIGHT) I gave up. I also have to admit I resorted to all sorts of horrible things to get her to shut up including screaming at her in deperation and throwing a cup of water over the crate when she howled. I also tried nice things like having her sleep with a hot water bottle and a ticking clock, but she didn’t care. I tried having the crate in my friggen bed and she STILL WHINED. She stopped when she slept with me though. I continue to crate her during the day but my neighbours complained because she barked for hours on end, so that stopped after 6 weeks.
Fast forward 2 years and I moved in with my parents for a year. She ate a hole in their wall when she was bored one day (wasn’t the first time, but was the first time at their house…). Anyways, after that we crate trained again and she was fine! I was so suprised! She had no problem staying in her crate from 8am until 4pm and would actually run into the crate when I went to work. Maybe maturity helped?
If I were to go back with crate training, I would crate train with a professional to guide me and help me, rather than just internet help and a few books. I think that it would have been a lot easier on the two of us if she had been properly crate trained as a pup.