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Home Depot allows dogs? Good to know! I think I will be visiting more often, then. Maybe it will inspire me to do a renovation project. Yeah right...
I think too, just keep exposing him to positive experiences with people and if he is food motivated, have people treat.
Seems like there are a couple people on the forum right now who recently got older puppies or adults, and possibly they weren't exposed to enough new people and new dogs early on. (Like with the growling at strangers - like Jill said, it does sound fear-based.) The more I read, the more I realize how crucially important those first weeks and months of their lives are to expose them to as many new sights, sounds, people and dogs as you can and make it a positive experience so they gain confidence, or if it's not, to not make a fuss and coddle when they are afraid of something like a new environment or machine or whatever. Doesn't mean it can't be turned around, clearly some of the rescue dogs here make great strides, but it seems to take a lot of work and attention.
My breeder is advising the puppy doesn't sleep in the room with me past the first couple of nights if I want her to be a more independent dog. In my case that makes sense because I work at home, and being in close proximity with her 24/7 could create some separation anxiety later. If it were me, I would crate him at night or have him in an ex-pen, stick to a regular feeding schedule, and take the water up in the evening so that he doesn't have to pee in the middle of the night. He is probably at or close to an age where he should be able to hold it overnight. I'd be a zombie if I had to get up every night with a dog past the very early puppy stages, I don't think you'd want that to continue. Plus what happens if you go away and have to kennel him or have friends take care of him, and he's been used to sleeping in bed with you every night? Lots of people here sleep with their dogs, though, and they might have some good advice about that.