This service is based on the fact that puppies have an early learning “Socialization Period” of development. This period generally starts at about 3 weeks of age and ends at about 16 weeks of age. During this very short period of time, puppies are learning about their world and what it’s like to live with humans. It’s important for your puppy to experience a variety of pleasant encounters with new people, dogs and other animals, and to be exposed to situations that they may perceive as scary, such as traffic, unfamiliar noises, being handled by humans, or examined by a veterinarian.
We’ll Focus On The Following 5 Categories:
We’ll help your pup build his/her confidence by meeting friendly strangers while out and about in the neighborhood, making sure your pup is not only exposed to humans, but also creating positive associations while doing that. It is important for young puppies to meet at least 50 people by the time they are 12-16 weeks old to help them learn that meeting strangers is not a scary experience.
Care & Handling
We’ll get your pup accustomed to veterinary exams with the help of fun exercises that will teach her/him to accept nail trims, blood withdrawal and grooming.
We’ll work on introducing fun experiences such as going through tunnels and stepping over things in order to build your pup’s confidence. We’ll also expose your puppy to things they may see out in the world such as bikes, noisy machines (such as vacuum cleaners) and the different things people wear.
Being rewarded for stepping on, and walking over, a variety of surfaces is a great way to help your puppy gain confidence and continue to help prevent fearfulness of new experiences.
We’ll introduce your puppy to some basic manners using positive reinforcement as a way to help your puppy form good relationships with people. We’ll practice exercises to prevent food bowl aggression and resource guarding; help your pup accept potentially unpleasant handling such as collar grabbing; as well as teach your pup to sit on cue and the early stages of coming when called.
What Are The Benefits Of Early Socialization?
Prevents future problem behaviors, such as fear aggression & resource guarding;
Helps develops a confident, social and stable-tempered dog;
Teaches your dog appropriate behaviors in a variety of real-life scenarios;
Teaches you how to communicate with your puppy, which helps strengthen your relationship.
Rates & Packages
Initial Consult: $125/90min
During this time we’ll discuss in detail how to successfully expose your puppy to the world around in order to create positive associations, your short-term and long-term training goals and we’ll demonstrate some of the exercises from our curriculum.
Subsequent sessions (a la carte): $100/60min
Each session covers a specific socialization category. You’ll receive a short summary & fun homework exercises afterwards.
A package is the best way to accomplish your goals:
5 Sessions: $450 (Go over all 5 Socialization Categories)
Want to learn more about puppy socialization? Here is a link to our article “3 Tips For Successful Puppy Socialization”.