Sundays at 12:00 – 1:00pm
Next Available Start Date:
Sunday Dec 16th
*Note: There will be NO class on Dec 23 or Dec 30. Classes will resume as normal starting January 6. If you are debating starting in Dec 16 or waiting until Jan, we strongly encourage you to join for Dec 16 to get one session in prior to the holidays. This will allow for a positive socialization experience at a younger age and will provide you with plenty of homework to practice safe socialization over the holidays. Please feel free to contact us with any questions.
Register the same week that you bring your new puppy home to maximize the socialization benefits!
*Must have minimum 1st set of Vacc’s (Distemper, Adenovirus, Parainfluenza, Parvovirus).
Bordetella (Canine Kennel Cough) vaccine is recommended – please discuss with your vet!
Instructor: Kelsey (assisted by Megan)
Length: 4 weeks
Cost: $110 + tax
Ages: 8-14 weeks old at time of registration.
Puppies are welcomed & encouraged to continue coming to class after graduation at no extra cost (space permitting) until they are 18 weeks of age, to allow for ongoing safe socialization.
By the time a puppy has reached 18 weeks old, they are already past the most important socialization period of their lives. Start your puppy off on the right paw during this impressionable first 18 weeks of life. This class focuses on crucial socialization skills to help your puppy become a manageable, confident, happy dog, all while building a strong, long-lasting relationship with your new pup.
Plenty of resources are included in this class such as potty training, puppy biting, chewing, food & object guarding prevention, and much more.
~NO class on statutory long weekends
What is ‘Socialization‘?
Socialization is more than simply exposing your dog to a variety of situations, or meeting as many other puppies as possible. At a young age, every experience (good AND bad) is impressionable to a puppy and can linger with them for the rest of their lives. Therefore, a bad experience can sometimes be worse than no experience at all. While exposure & puppy play are both important, it must be done in a safe & positive manner to ensure that each puppy is building a long-lasting positive emotion toward these experiences. We strive to create a safe atmosphere where puppies are allowed to develop confidence at their own pace, while never being pushed out of their current comfort level.
We include socialization toward puppies, people, grooming & vet procedures, sights & sounds, moving objects, as well as some basic obedience skills including sit, down & come!
Little Bodhi the Chihuahua started off so shy on his first day of puppy class, he did not even want to come out of his crate. By offering him a supportive & encouraging environment with no pressure to push him beyond his comfort level, by week #4 he was ready to conquer the world outside of his crate. Check out his confident grad photo pose below:
The American Veterinary Society of Animal Behaviour (AVSAB) recommends socializing puppies before their 2nd set of vacc’s. They suggest that the benefits of early socialization strongly outweigh the risks of contracting an illness before their 2nd set of shots. Read the full AVSAB position statement on puppy socialization by clicking ‘Here‘.
Call 250-478-2273 to book your spot now!