Puppy Socialization Classes
When and where are puppy classes held?
Classes will be held here at All Creatures Veterinary Clinic. Time of year depends on how many puppies are signed up at any given time throughout the spring, summer & fall. In order to fill each class, we need at least 4 puppies to be enrolled. If you have a puppy that meets the age requirements & would like to enroll, contact Candy by calling our clinic (715-358-4300). Information about upcoming classes will also be featured on our Facebook page.
Why should I join a puppy class?
Socialization classes helps expose puppies to things in a fun manner. Fear of a dogs environment can develop quickly & easily and can be devastating for a dog. Reversal of these fears can take countless time and effort. Proper socialization is much easier (and fun) vs couterconditioning to make the dog’s life happy and comfortable again. Living with an under socialized dog can be frustrating, difficult and potentially dangerous. And for
under socialized dogs, life can be unbearably stressful. In some cases, it may not be reversible.
What kinds of things will we be doing?
A ton of things will happen in the class, including homework (don't worry, it's the fun kind). We will be working on different stimulation i.e. noise, kids, vet visits, people in uniforms (police/firefighters/delivery personnel) exposure to other strange dogs &/or other animals. Using positive reinforcement in every step, we create an environment that every puppy will enjoy.
Click here to watch one of our puppy class videos!
Why the age requirements?
The prime socialization for puppies is the eight-week period from 8 to 16 weeks of age. It is the time when the puppy is at its most vulnerable & should meet as much of its future world as possible. Keeping the puppy at home and sequestered away from its future world could turn out to be the worst mistake we can make. When the 8-16 week prime socialization window closes for some puppies, it is closed.