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I think itís really dependent on your circumstances when you first get home, if Iím understanding your question. If you are able to get a harness reasonably quickly once heís home and you have his measurements, I think youíll be better off (Iím assuming size is the main issue). I donít think youíll be desperately stuck if you donít have one the day he comes home, since you do have the carrier (and I think you were considering indoor potty?) but Iíd plan for it early.
Socialization is a balance because it sometimes means taking him to places where dogs are allowed before his vaccinations are complete. In those kinds of places, I didnít put mine on the ground, I used a carrier, too. However, while you are out the puppy may need to go potty. The harness wasnít to control a slow, tiny puppy, it was for rule compliance in public places, and pulling wasnít an issue yet. At home, even with my yard only partially fenced, I really didnít need a leash or harness for probably a couple of weeks. But I did start introducing one around the house so he was comfortable with it before we really needed it. Well, that was the idea, haha.
It probably depends on the puppy and where they land on the size chart but mine lasted long enough and were used often enough that I donít feel they were wasted when he did grow out of them. I really loved the Puppia for going potty and other quick things because it was so easy to put on. I think around 14-16 weeks is probably when I bought a strappy harness (easy walk I think), which was a little more expensive but really adjustable. It was perfect timing because he had just crossed into the bigger size and we were going on more walks since he had all of his shots. However, I used both styles all of the time for different things.