Puppy Socialization Classes
Number of Classes to Attend: 4; Extra Classes provided: 1
Timeframe for Completion: 5 Weeks
Start Date: This program is non-linear, meaning students can join at any time.
Who is this for: Puppies starting classes should be between 8 weeks and 16 weeks of age. Larger breed puppies closer to 16 weeks of age should start in Foundation Skills class.
Program Description: The primary goal of this program is to enrich your puppy with positive experiences so that he or she matures into being a comfortable and confident dog. Precision obedience work is not the focus at this age (nor should it be the priority), so this is not to be considered a full obedience class. The emphasis of the class is around ensuring your puppy interacts with a variety of other puppies in a positive manner so that we reduce the risk of your puppy being fearful or aggressive towards dogs later in life. This is why puppy socialization class is so valuable.
Class is a 50/50 mix of training and socialization time. For this reason, it is critical that larger breed dogs start in this class as young as possible.
Regarding vaccinations: The American Veterinary Society of Animal Behaviour recommends that puppies attend well-run puppy socialization classes prior to receiving all vaccinations. Inadequate or improper socialization is a greater risk to a dog’s long term well-being. Per their recommendations, puppies with only their first set of vaccinations, and one deworming or negative fecal test are welcome to join classes, and should continue their vaccinations over the duration of the program. In a very recent 2013 study, the Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association found that puppies that attended a well-run puppy socialization class prior to the age of 16 weeks were at no additional risk at contracting parvo, over puppies that did not attend puppy socialization classes. A puppy socialization class held indoors in a sanitized environment is not the same as taking an 8 week old puppy to a disease-filled dog park. If your breeder, veterinarian, or other people advise keeping your puppy indoors until after they have completed all their vaccinations, they are simply not up-to-date with current information.
- Focus and Attention and Name Response
- Loose Leash Walking
- Lay Down
- Targeting (for Recall!)
- Target Object (to help teach Go to Bed)
- Playing Tug