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Puppy socialization is low-stress exposure (positive experiences) to various aspects of everyday life – people, dogs, surfaces, noises, etc. always taking precautions to ensure any socialization is completed in a non-stressful way.
Lack of early proper socialization often results in behavioral challenges later in life. Unfortunately, many families don't begin to socialize their puppies until almost 6 months of age completely missing their most critical socialization period, at which point owners are working against the clock and standard brain development to introduce their dogs to new environments, other puppies, and a variety of people. Don't make this mistake! To understand the importance of early puppy socialization, please check out the guidelines set forth by the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior.
Who is this class for?
Puppies between8 weeks to 16 weeks. Reactive and fearful puppies are encouraged to attend, though we ask that you check in with an instructor prior to entering the training area so we can set up a "safe zone" to minimize your puppy's stress.
What to bring:
On your pet's first day, please bring
a copy of your pup's vaccination records to date. Please note, we are looking for DHPP or DHLPP. Dogs are REQUIRED to have received these two vaccinations prior to attending. DHLPP / DHPP are given in a series of boosters, so dogs that have not completed the series are still able to attend as long as they are staying on schedule with the series.
your puppy's collar and leash
Treats - Please let us know when you check in if your pup has any special diet considerations and should not be given treats by other participants.
Please be responsible and do not bring dogs that have been under the weather to class. Also, please wait at least 10 days after you bring your puppy home before participating.
But My Puppy Isn't Fully Vaccinated...
The risk of a dog losing its life or home because of a behavior problem (being put down or surrendered to a shelter) is 1000x greater than the risk of him contracting a disease from another puppy during puppy socialization class.
While it is not recommended you socialize your dog at unsanitary locations like the dog park or the pet store, we take special precautions to provide an environment that is cleaned prior to each puppy class so that there is very low to no risk for contracting illness. Still worried? Check out the articles linked below and see for yourself that the benefits of early socialization should be part of raising a well-adjusted pup!
During the puppy socialization class, we have several structured activities centered around play and handling, and recall that allow the pups to get used to meeting new dogs and people of all ages, and encourage healthy interaction with strangers.
These exercises also expose the puppy to handling that they will encounter throughout their life such as at grooming or veterinary appointments, or even in a dog day camp or boarding facility. A good portion of the class is dedicated to off-leash playtime with other dogs of similar age and size with a focus on off-leash recall during these high distractions. We'll also discuss and work on bite inhibition. By allowing for playtime mixed with structure such as this we set the dogs up to succeed in their interactions with other dogs, people, and most importantly, we teach them household living skills. They learn from each other how to communicate and play appropriately in a group environment so that later in life, this type of endeavor isn't so scary or stressful and is instead an enjoyable experience for the whole family. We also provide guidance on ways for your new pet to gain exposure to new environments and people outside of class, cover basic care and creative solutions for problem behaviors. Dogs that have received the benefit of early socialization can and do go on to lead happy and healthy lives!
What does this class cost?
It's a free class although donations toward covering our expenses arealwaysappreciated! Typical donation is $10/dog.
If you are interested in participating, please join our meetup group! Unfortunately, we are not able to take RSVPs via phone or email.