“The primary and most important time for puppy socialization is the first three months of life. During this time puppies should be exposed to as many new people, animals, stimuli and environments as can be achieved safely and without causing over-stimulation manifested as excessive fear, withdrawal or avoidance behavior. For this reason, the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior believes that it should be the standard of care for puppies to receive such socialization before they are fully vaccinated.”
The paragraph above is from the Position Paper on Puppy Socialization from the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior. You can read the whole statement on their website HERE!
Our puppy classes are for pups between the ages of 8 weeks to 18 weeks. As per the previous paragraph, the importance of safe early socialization can’t be overstated.
These are ongoing puppy classes with a rolling curriculum that will address common puppy issues. We will offer housebreaking tips, discuss immediate issues weekly, puppy play time, and of course we will be training our little guys and gals to be “thinking” dogs and good household companions. We ensure that the puppies come away from their class with a new-found confidence. In these puppy classes we also expose our puppies to being handled which will make grooming and maintenance down the line no big deal for them!
The Pre-Requisite to this class is attendance in the one-time only, JUST for humans, Intro to Positive Training Class. In this informative class, we discuss tips to make your life with your pup so much easier and we’ll get you on the road to FUN training, and we also discuss behavior and a bit about nutrition.