No, we are simply part of the puzzle. It is important to the development of your new pup’s confidence and social skills to slowly expose him or her to as many new positive experiences in the first year of life. Especially between the ages of 4-8 months, your pup’s mind is like a sponge – puppies will soak in every experience, which is why it is important to go slow and ensure that each of those experiences are positive ones for your pup. See our Puppy Socialization Checklist for suggested ways to socialize your pup – by doing this, you’ll be setting your puppy up for success as he continues to encounter new experiences with confidence throughout his life.