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I agree with brushing from the beginning. Pet toothpaste is very safe and tastes good, so it's fine to use from the beginning if the pup will lick a tiny bit off your finger. He won't HAVE that many teeth right now, but you want to make sure that he knows that it's something fun and a regular part of his day.
My puppies all rode home in their carriers, strapped into the seatbelt. (and then, two of them, under the seat in an airplane... which they didn't mind at all either) All were absolutely FINE with that, only fussing a little to let us know if they needed a potty break. OTOH, both of my breeders were very good about getting the puppies used to crates before they let for their forever homes, so it was not a new experience for them. Each had a cozy blanket and a stuffed toy that smelled like mom and litter, provided by the breeder to ride with them. My dogs have never NOT been restrained properly in a car, so they think it's just "the way we travel", and that's what I wanted. None found it the least bit aversive.
And I agree with Dave... skip the PB, at least for the first week or so. Even then, it wouldn't be the first thing I introduced as a treat food. Boiled chicken is a great "beginner" training treat. Also, be very, VERY careful with PB... more and more manufacturers are using xylitol as a sweetener in PB, and it is DEADLY for dogs. So read every label, every time to make sure this is not in the ingredients, even when he's old enough to enjoy it.
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