Starting out right

Which is the best way to get our new puppy adapted to our house and family? Should i let the puppy sleep with us for the first few days? or do I imediatly let him start getting him used to the crate? should I keep the door on the crate closed? or should he have the freedom to go in and out?

I also would like to know how long can he be left in the crate alone with the door closed? Will he go to the bathroom in his crate or will he hold it until he can't anymore? I guess what i really want to know is; When I have to leave him for 8 to 10 hours how is the best way to handle it?

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