The trick that I have taught people looking for the Pup is to try it at Twilight. If you go out at night, the contrast is too much and that makes it much harder to find the Pup in the glare.
Set your scope on Sirius as the sun is setting then wait until the sky is just dark enough to see some mag. 9 field stars near Sirius. Then you can swing close to Sirius and catch the Pup before the skies darken and the glare burns your eye.
For me, Sirius will be in the proper spot in mid-March, and I will take out my trusty refractor for another look.
Health and weather permitting, I will try this later this month. With my Lunt 102/F7.