Puppy Socialization &

This service is based on the fact that puppies have an early learning “Socialization Period” of development.

This period generally starts at about 7 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.

This training package and homework exercises will focus on the following five categories to help give your puppy a broad variety of pleasant experiences.

  • Human Relationships: We’ll help your pup build his/her confidence by meeting friendly strangers 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 teach them to accept nail trims, blood withdrawal and grooming.

  • New Experiences: 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.

  • Surfaces: 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.

  • Basic Manners. 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.