You came to the right place to get advice! Lots of very experienced and wonderful people here.
I would say your major priority right now would be socialization, as your puppy is so young. We do not know the circumstances about why you've gotten the pup so young, but they should really stay with their littermates until at least 8 weeks old, so you have lots of work ahead of you to make sure your pup grows into a well-adjusted dog. Just those short two weeks make a huge difference in the proper development of the puppy. I'm sure others will have more specific instruction on how to handle this situation.
Best wishes! I'm sure everyone will be very excited to see photos of your sweet baby. Parti's are so beautiful!
Well congrats on your puppy, but wow how did you end up bringing him home at 6 weeks? Many states have laws regarding the minimum age a puppy can leave its litter and that age is generally eight weeks, although in a couple of states it is seven weeks (and Virginia is I think a 7 week minimum age state. Lily and Peeves came home in their 8th weeks and Javelin came home in his 9th week. https://www.animallaw.info/topic/table-state-laws-concerning-minimum-age-sale-puppies
Socialization is super important as well as impulse control related to inhibited bites.
Welcome to the forum. I won't say anything about age as its already been said. Anyway congratulations on your new puppy. As step 1 I would already be crate training. I would have a 48 inch crate with a divider just big enough for the puppy to sleep, to big he will have accidents. I would already take him out to a spot on a leash to where you want him to potty. Then right back in. Me I am a schedule person, potty 1st thing, carry him to spot, (with leash onThe first week I do this a lot, almost on the hour. I usually get my pups @8-9 weeks and this goes on for almost the 1st 3, though I learn how long the pup can wait before having to go. So I may go out say every 2 hours..as the puppy ages so does the time until we work our way up to 4 hours. At night I only take them out if I hear them whine, then it potty and back to bed no play. While I have play I also incorporate a little training, sit, and once I don't carry them outside anymore they have to wait at the door while I step out, then I say "free" and puppy can then come out. It just becomes habit and hopefully my dog later doesn't bolt out of open doors. Thats how I start..Welcome to the forum and people here will have lots of advise for you. I've had many dogs but my standard is my 1st poodle and he has been my most challenging, though I think some of the is because of my age now and mobility. Mine is 12 months and we are doing well
LParker, I decided to comment again as I wanted to ensure that the replies you've gotten so far haven't overwhelmed or possibly offended you. The folks on this forum are always focused on what is in the best interest of the dogs and puppies, and sometimes comments can be very blunt and words are not minced.
No ones goal is to scare away new owners or future owners, in fact we all want people to feel comfortable about asking questions so that the dogs and owners don't suffer in silence. So please know that everyone is only showing concern so that you can be best prepared to handle your situation.
Please continue to ask questions. It is obviously best to try to get prepared before a new puppy is welcomed home, but it's better late then never.
Some recommended books: Perfect Puppy in 7 Days by Sophia Yin and Puppy Primer and The Other End of the Leash by Patricia McConnell.
Youtube channels: kikopup and Zak George, there are probably a few others too.
-You need to wholeheartedly commit to the extra effort, tears and frustration it will take to raise this puppy, or try to return him to the breeder and begin another search for your next puppy. If you choose this route, everyone here would be happy to help you find a reputable breeder.
-Because the puppy is so young, don't leave him alone yet. Stay home with him and keep him company until 8 weeks. He needs to feel safe and secure at this very sensitive age. Even at eight weeks they can have a hard time adjusting, but that age is a more appropriate time to start enforcing alone time.
-Your puppy will probably be far more anxious than a pup around 8 weeks, so you need to be adamant that all experiences are positive for him or it will leave a lasting impression. Again, until 8 weeks it would be best to keep him at home.
-You will likely have extra trouble when it comes to fear of strangers (both humans and dogs), leash reactivity and being able to handle stimulating situations. These may last into adulthood. I would see about getting into contact with a veterinary behaviourist.
-The puppy may have difficulty appropriately socialising with other dogs in the future since it will not have had the practise with it's litter mates.
-Never expect this dog to be any sort of therapy dog.
-You need to find the balance between appropriate socialisation, and the safety of your puppy. So stay away from strange dogs. Don't let people you don't know interact with the puppy.
-You need to take the place of his mother and his litter mates. So read up about the things the puppy is supposed to be learning between 6-8 weeks within the litter, and do your best to copy it. Such as bite inhibition, this will be a very important job that will take a long time of consistency.
-Does anyone know if the methods used between 6-8 weeks in "Puppy Culture" would be beneficial?
I know this is a lot, but I hope it gives you a good start if you do decide to keep the pup. Please don't hesitate to ask more questions if you need help.