Here is a somewhat organized cheat sheet of my dream list of puppy foundation behaviors, roughly in priority order. Of course tailor your priorities to what your individual puppy needs. A shy puppy needs opportunities to learn to be confident, a high energy puppy may need more impulse control games and a safe way to burn off some of that juice.
Foundation Behaviors Checklist
Reward System /Willingness to switch between rewards (4 toys minimum + treats)
Get it (permission to get a toy)
Tug and Give
Send to stationary toy
How to make choices
Choosing mom over environment
Orient to mom at thresholds
How to learn/ How to perfect behaviors - Tricks, Tricks, Tricks!
Novel things are fun!
How to try/offer behaviors
Self restraint / impulse control / It’s your choice
Go to crate / rest in crate
Stay / Wait
Release from stay / “OK”
Attention and Focus
Dealing with Distractions / Look
Transitioning (moving from “at ease” to “working” mindset)
Nose Touch / Foot Touch / Back Feet / All Feet etc.
Come to left side / right side / Orient to side
What do you mean?
Play with mom / Engage with mom / Respond to Invitation to Play
Hand in Collar
Enjoy Physical Manipulation
Down / Sit / Drop / Moving wait
Respond to acceleration / deceleration
Moving attention/heel work /circle work
Left/Right or other directionals
Poop/Piddle on command
Ride in a car
Loose leash walking
Multiple dog management