Dogs go through a socialization period from about the first 4 weeks to 15 weeks of their lives.
In this time it is crucial to get them around other dogs of all ages, people from all walks of life, and other animals.
Not only should they be exposed to other living creatures, but they also need to be exposed to different environments and contexts. We want to teach them that the changing world is a wonderful thing!
It is our position, as well as the position of the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior (AVSAB), that puppies can and should attend classes even if they have not completed their full round of vaccinations. The AVSAB position statement reads, “In general, puppies can start puppy socialization classes as early as 7-8 weeks of age. Puppies should receive a minimum of one set of vaccines at least 7 days prior to the first class and a first deworming. They should be kept up-to-date on vaccines throughout the class.” You can read their full position statement HERE.
For information on how to properly socialize your puppy, please check out the following articles from some of our favorite sources:
Socializing your puppy: why “later” is too late
Properly socializing your puppy
In this class, your puppy will have the opportunity to see and spend time near other puppies of various breeds and sizes, meet new people, and experience a new and exciting environment.
The class will also cover:
Sit, Down, Come, Stay, Drop It, Leave It, Leash Walking, Potty Training and solutions for Nipping/Mouthing and other unwanted behaviors.
*6 week course = $190 (maximum 7 enrollees).
Class will meet at the same day/time each week for the duration of the course unless specified otherwise. For example, if you sign up for a Saturday class at 9:30a, you will attend each Saturday at 9:30a for 6 weeks.
Classes meet for one hour each week, for the number of weeks specified, consistent with the day and time noted on the start date.
Online access to homework for obedience classes that contains written explanations of behaviors covered in class.
Personal attention from trainers and assistants in the classroom to help you succeed as well as answer your questions.
*The first class is an orientation WITHOUT your puppy. We use this first hour of class to discuss how to set your puppy up for success at home and address any issues that you may be experiencing (can anyone say, “nipping?”). We also discuss the class structure, expectations and our training philosophy.