The Critical Socialization time for puppies is 5 - 16 weeks.
Puppies must be exposed to a wide array of smells, textures, surfaces, sounds, vibrations, tastes, and sights, including and especially a comprehensive variety or people and dogs.
The more chances a puppy has to be properly exposed to something new during the critical socialization periods, the less bothered it will be throughout the rest of its life when confronted by other new or frightening things.
Fears can be created by the puppies experiences in its early life. Everything an adult dog is expected to do or coexist with should be added to your socialization program.
Under socialized puppies can become shy, fearful, defensive, discriminate threats inappropriately and may even bite out for fear.
Puppy socials are a safe place to expose puppies to all of these novel items. In the video above, you see how the training facility is sanitized, and maintained.
"But, my vet and breeder warned me that my puppy could be exposed to PARVO and other risks if taken out before all their vaccinations."
Here is the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior statement on the importance of early socialization for puppies: Click Here To View Statement
Puppy Socials are broken into two groups:
Tiny Tykes: Ages 8 - 13 weeks or very shy puppies, or puppies under 15 pounds
It’s important that we pair social groups based on age. Tiny Tykes is perfect for our little one's learning and exploring this new world. Tiny Tykes take a more gentle approaching to puppy socialization. Puppies are safely guided into play, and body handling skills, exposed to different textures, objects, sights, sounds, and more...
Bucking Broncos: Ages 14 - 18 weeks
This social group has a more robust style of play for the older puppies. Puppies are still exploring new items, sights, and sounds. It is also at this age group we start implementing more self control, and on teaching puppies how to relax as well.
"But my puppy is over 4 months old- why can't he attend?"
As much as we would love for you puppy to attend, after 16 weeks, a puppy's play and brain development is changing, once gain. 16 week old puppies are no longer interested in playing with younger puppies, and can put younger puppies at risk for negative experiences.
This also applies for small breed puppies that are under 15 pounds.
"What if my puppy is over 17 weeks and has never attended a puppy social before? Which class do I have them sign up for?"
If your puppy is social and used to being around and playing with other dogs and puppies sign up for Bucking Broncos.
If you puppy is shy, and hasn't been exposed to many dogs or puppies, sign up for Tiny Tykes.
What if my puppy is over 4 months old and is extremely fearful of other puppies and dogs? How am I to socialize them?
Please consider scheduling a consult with me to discuss a plan on properly socializing your puppy.
What to Bring to Your Social:
There is a sign up sheet at Dog River Pet Supplies Store-
Call the store to reserve a spot! (541) 490-0646
*You can ask to be put on a waiting list if one class is full.
Every Saturday at Dog River Pet Supplies
10AM Tiny Tykes age 8 - 14 weeks
11AM Bucking Broncos age 15 - 18 weeks
Payment is after class via Venmo, or Cash
All socials are 40 minutes long
First Round of Shots
At 8 weeks: Distemper, Parvovirus
At 24 weeks: Rabies, Bordetella*
I do NOT require puppies to have corona virus, Lptospirosis or Lyme vaccines unless these diseases are endemic in the local area.
Please bring or email copy of vaccinations to your first social.
If you can’t make your social for any reason, please let us know as soon as possible— call/text Brae at (503) 516-7425.
- Even if late, a notice of a cancellation are always appreciated. They give others an opportunity to take class and help the trainer prepare.
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