Though it isn't a "how to" on feeding, bathing, etc., I think all of my babies are going home with another piece of the puzzle: Puppy Development, edited by Pat Hastings(?) et al. Available on amazon.com
It is a collection of articles by well known breeders and handlers, a terrific overview of the stages of development a puppy experiences, along with stressing the importance of certain socialization at particular ages, and how it all contributes to a well adjusted and complete dog. Interestingly, the breeder who uses clicker training reports that her return rate dropped to Zero per cent when she started using the method. She said the puppy quickly discovers that it can make the handler reward it for a particular act, and becomes very eager to learn. (Aside to fellow breeders: I am of the opinion that this book is a Must Have!)
Along these lines I began a fun experiment last week. I decided to pet and praise only the puppies who were sitting at the time. Mind you, these guys had Just accomplished the gifts of eyesight and hearing! Within two days I was crowing to a childhood friend that I had four of them sitting! "Coincidence!", she said. Well... the next day there were eight, and for the past two days, ALL TEN little tails are planted on the floor.
Only thing threatening to derail this little mission is that I'm out of hands! My most assertive little girl is complaining long and Loud when I'm not petting Her (I Don't reward that with attention!), and others can get distracted and move one. Another couple plant the moment they see me, sometimes eight feet away, where I can't reach them without leaving the others, so it looks like the next mission will be the Recall.
These guys are Fun!