Socialization is the most important thing you can do for your new puppy!
Your puppy’s social window CLOSES at about 18 weeks of age! What this means, is that you need to try and expose your puppy to stimuli that they are likely to encounter in everyday life, including other dogs. If not, they are more likely to become an anxious and fearful adult dog, which increases the risk for aggression. The puppy social is a place where your puppy can play safely with other puppies OFF LEASH under the watchful eye of an experienced dog trainer. During playtime, puppies will also have the chance to discover play tunnels and objects with different surfaces – all part of socialization! Owners will also receive education about what is considered healthy play between dogs and when intervention might be needed!In this time it is crucial to get them around other dogs of all ages, people from all walks of life, and other animals.
It is our position, as well as the position of the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior (AVSAB), that puppies can and should attend socialization 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.
Register for Puppy Socials - $20/social
Every Wednesday 10:00a-11:00a
Every Tuesday 5:45p-6:45p (will resume after Labor Day)
Every Saturday 12:15-1:15p
*No refunds given if reservation is canceled in less than 24hrs of scheduled slot.
*If you have been regularly attending puppy socials, we will tell you when your dog has aged out of play. 6 months of age is not necessarily the cut off point for regulars, just for new dogs to Puppy Social. We make this decision based on the dog, their play style, sociability, age, and enjoyment of our puppy social program.
Puppy social is open to puppies 5 months and under of age only.
The goal with our social programs IS NOT to exercise your dog or provide you with long term play for your dog. Our goals with our puppy social program is to EDUCATE your dog and provide a safe environment for socialization. You can expect that your invitation to this program is for a LIMITED TIME ONLY. Our goal is to give you and your dogs tools to handle living in a world with other dogs. When we have achieved the goals we have set for your dog, you will be “graduated” from the program.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTION:
I’m trying to sign up but it isn’t giving me the option to register for today/the day I want. What do I do?
If a date is not showing up on the registration page, that session is FULL or has been canceled. We encourage you to register ahead for the next available session.
Registration is required!
Puppy Social: $20/social
What to bring:
4ft.-6ft. leash (no flexi leashes)
Properly fitted collar with identification tags
Proof of 1st round of parvo distemper vaccination required upon first visit