Looking for a safe way to teach your puppy healthy play skills with other pups? Want them to be able to focus on you when you need them, even when their friends are around? Without structured (safe) socialization, your puppy may grow to be fearful, aggressive or, at the very least, very distractible. Puppies who are pleasantly introduced to a variety of situations at a very young age are better able to focus on your around distracting environments, leading to a better behaved dog in general.
While genetics also play a big role in your puppy’s personal development, it is critical that your puppy receive adequate (and pleasant) socialization in order for them to be well-adjusted adults. This includes introducing them to a variety of places, sights, sound, smells, surfaces, people, and dogs, starting from the day you bring them home. However, simply exposing them to places and things does not equate to proper socialization, and if done in a stressful way, can actually make things worse! Moreover, one must also be careful about germ exposure until your puppy is fully vaccinated.
Having a trainer who specializes in fear, reactivity, and aggression means that early warning signs in your puppy are much more likely to be caught and addressed successfully than if your trainer never deals with those issues. Calmer Canines puppy classes are carefully structured to reduce the chances of these problems occurring and to ensure every puppy’s success. Since all Calmer Canines classes are modular, open-enrollment classes, you also get the benefit of starting when you want and practicing as much as you need to before moving on. Each class is adjusted to suit each puppy’s individual needs, and instruction is made so that each puppy owner understands how to maintain their puppy’s success.
For more information on the importance of early puppy socialization and its support by vets, please read:
Dr. Robert K. Anderson’s letter on Puppy Socialization
American Veterinary Society on Animal Behavior’s position statement on Puppy Socialization
Puppy Classes and Canine Parvovirus by Dr. Ian Dunbar