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In addition to bite inhibition and training issues, I think the more pressing concern with this situation is keeping the dog safe from disease while it is so vulnerable.
The puppy receives colostrum (antibodies) from the mother as a newborn during the first milk. These antibodies can begin wearing off as early as 6 weeks. This means that your puppy needs a vaccine starting then to protect it from diseases like parvovirus, which are almost always fatal at that young of an age. After the vaccination, you can't put your puppy down anywhere public that receives any type of foot traffic (especially dog parks, open grassy areas, etc) until after its 3rd round of shots (approx 3-4 weeks apart) to ensure proper immunity to the strands of viruses you are protecting against. Parvovirus in particular is extremely hearty and can survive up to a year after transmission from one surface to another.
This is going to feel like a really long time considering how young the puppy is ... you are going to have to keep an extremely vigilant eye on this baby that you have, ensuring that he/she is still able to learn socialization and basic training via safe and controlled environments during this time.
Of course the best option would be to bring him/her back to littermates and mama to learn some important social skills while continuing to grow into a stronger animal. It looks like that may not be an option due to distance.
Shame on that breeder, indeed. Good luck with your pup.