You're not just raising a puppy.
You're raising the dog you want to have in the future.
A puppy's most impressionable time is between birth and 16 weeks of age.
That is when they need to be exposed to as many sights, sounds, smells and stimuli as possible!
But we're told to avoid dog parks, pet stores and high traffic areas until they are fully vaccinated, typically at 16 weeks, meaning we miss the critical imprinting period.
Studies have now shown that dogs are more at risk of being euthanized because of behaviour problems linked to lack of socialization than they are of contracting a deadly disease before being fully vaccinated. While each option has its pros and cons, we strongly believe that providing a safe environment for Puppy Preschool is the best solution.
Here is some great info about puppy socialization from the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behaviour.