Puppy Socialization and Training
Socialization Period starts week 7 and ends between 12-16 weeks. Don’t miss this very important learning opportunity for your puppy! Although puppies may still benefit from continued socialization, it is never as effective after 16 weeks of age.
AVSAB (American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior) Position Statement On Puppy Socialization: “The primary and most important time for puppy socialization is the first three months of life….for this reason, the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior believes that it should be the standard of care for puppies to receive such socialization before they are fully vaccinated. Puppies can start socialization classes as early as 7-8 weeks of age.”
Requirements: Puppies must have a minimum of one set of vaccines at least 7 days prior to the first class and deworming. They must be kept up-to-date on vaccines throughout the class.
Benefits of Puppy Socialization and Training Classes:
- Puppies become comfortable, confident, and emotionally stable adult dogs when properly socialized before 16 weeks of age. If puppies miss this window of socialization it can be difficult for them to adapt to the ever-changing world.
- Future behavior problems can be prevented through socialization, including aggression to dogs and people, fear of people/places/things, anxiety-related problems, nuisance behaviors such as jumping, chewing, stealing objects, and excessive barking.
Dog Training Level 1 & Level 2
Why Positive Reinforcement Training?
Most of us have heard that if we let our dog know we are “alpha” and just exert enough dominance that our dog will behave. This concept is not only unnecessary but can actually exacerbate problems of biting, fear, and not coming when called.
Positive reinforcement is a very powerful tool for changing your dog’s behavior (jumping, pulling on leash), teaching commands, and reinforcing behavior you like (coming when called, learning to lie down quietly while you eat dinner, talk on the phone, etc.). We use treats and praise in positive reinforcement training. Why treats and praise? Because treats and praise are motivating for dogs. No motivation=no training.
When we can motivate our dogs with positive reinforcement we will have a dog who happily learns to behave and learn new commands. Treats are used when training new behaviors but are eventually phased out once the behavior is learned.
Group classes are ideal for teaching your dog how to train in an environment around other dogs and learn self-control.