4. Spend time selecting your pup.
Resist the temptation to run over to the first pup and take it home. They are all gorgeous and cute, make a wise selection. Play with the pups. Do not base your choice on looks, (unless you are going to show your dog.) Choose your pup on personality. Looks don't help you when the dog is restless all day and won't settle.
Pups are usually a little different at first. Quiet ones will get rowdier in a few days and lively ones will get more lively....see the trend? (It's "lively"!) Is your pup the big bully of the litter? Or is she the timid, nervous one? Either end of the spectrum is not great. Quiet, shy dogs don't usually stay that way!
Be prepared to ask questions. Write them down.
The pups should be at least 8 weeks old. Up to 12 weeks is better. Pups that stay a bit longer with their siblings learn to socialize easier. Besides that, a 12-week old pup makes It 4 weeks less poop scooping for you! Some pups will not potty train until they are at least 12 weeks old.
Scrutinize the paperwork. The breeder should have records of the parents available to give you. Examine the past generations for Champion dogs or accomplishments. You should also examine shot records; an 8-week old pup should have had their second set of puppy shots and been wormed. You will have papers to fill out if the dog is registered.