I am passionate about sharing the importance of early puppy socialization and training with new puppy parents, veterinarian clinics, breeders and animal shelters. I believe early puppy socialization, introducing puppies to novel stimuli, beginning training and offering problem solving skills for normal (yet undesirable) puppy behaviors not only creates a great foundation for the puppy, but is key to keeping owners from becoming frustrated and puppies from being surrendered.

The first 16 weeks are critical for socialization and learning. Much of what people think of as problem behaviors in adult dogs often comes down to not providing proper early socialization. The best time to provide this is during a puppies socialization period, typically under 16 weeks old. What your puppy learns during this important developmental stage will likely shape his behavior for the rest of his life. Proper early socialization creates the foundation for having a confident, friendly, well-adjusted companion.

I practice positive reinforcement. The science backs modern positive training and I have no shame in being a snack leader. If you have concerns about taking your puppy to puppy classes before his vaccinations are complete I highly recommend you read the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior’s Position Statement on Puppy Socialization. Read the full statement here.

“In general, puppies can start puppy socialization classes as early as 7-8 weeks of age. Puppies should receive a minimum of one set of vaccines at least 7 days prior to the first class and a first deworming. They should be kept up-to-date on vaccines throughout the class.”

“Early and adequate socialization and programs of positive training can go a long way to preventing behavior problems and improving bonding between humans and dogs.”

AVSAB Position Statement On Puppy Socialization

Positive Training… Rewarding Results

Puppy Socialization and Positive Training. Puppy Preschool. Puppy Playdates. Private Puppy Classes. Puppy Socialization and Positive Training.

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