Do you want to run errands while your puppy gets the socialization, exercise and playtime he/she needs?
This specialty program combines puppy socialization, building of bite inhibition and confidence, willingness to learn and basic manners. The focus is on impulse control, patience and addressing behavioral issues by redirecting the puppy’s attention. A fun mix of learning and playing. A must for every puppy at the most crucial stage in life! Socialization with other puppies of the same age group is recommended by veterinarians, animal behaviorists and trainers. Purdue University’s Animal Behavior Clinic issued the following letter:
‘This letter’s purpose is to define Purdue University’s recommendations for Puppy Class protocols.
The main objectives of puppy classes are exposure and desensitization to potentially frightening stimuli, socialization, and the teaching of appropriate dog-owner interaction. Although simple commands are trained as well, obedience training is not a main objective of puppy classes.
Puppies go through well-defined developmental stages. Puppy classes are designed to utilize the sociability of young puppies. However, the socialization period of dogs ends at around 12-14 weeks of age. Up to that age, puppies can readily learn not to fear new things, and to develop appropriate social behavior. If this opportunity to shape puppy behavior is missed, the puppies are likely to show behavior disturbances later in life. Therefore, in order to maximize the benefits of puppy classes, puppies should be enrolled at 7-10 weeks of age if possible, the sooner the better.
Trainers and veterinarians have had concerns about placing puppies at risk in an environment where they may pick up an infectious disease. As with anything, one must always weigh the risks and benefits. Puppy cuteness only lasts so long and many more puppies currently lose their homes due to behavior reasons than die of viral diseases.
Puppy Play Party can be booked for a half day/$60 or by the hour/$20. The program is appropriate for puppies 8-20 weeks and is held at our West Seattle Studio. Discounted packages are available for half days booked on a weekly basis. Puppy Play Parties are confirmed by email and subject to cancellation if not enough puppies sign up.