Did you know that puppies need to be socialized to hundreds of people, dogs, objects, and sounds before they are 16 weeks old?
Up until 16 weeks puppies are sponges for knowledge, learning what is safe and what is scary in the world, and learning doggy social skills. It is very easy to get a baby puppy acclimated to something new – everything is new to them!
At about 16 weeks, however, they start to transition from baby puppy to adolescence and become suspicious of anything unfamiliar. After that 16 week “window” closes, it is a lot more difficult and time-consuming to get your dog acclimated to new things – and sometimes, the damage done by a lack of early socialization can never be fully undone.
That’s why it is essential that you get your puppy in off-leash puppy socialization classes as young as possible!
Who it’s for:
Puppies who are under 14 weeks at the start of their first class, and who have been to their initial puppy vet visit. (15-20 week puppies accepted on a case-by-case basis – please email us with questions!)
How it works:
Class is what we call “rolling enrollment”. Once you register for class, you can start any time there is an opening, and choose the class sessions you want. Have to go out of town? No problem! Just don’t sign up for that week’s session. You can even mix and match days and times! Everyone works at their own pace, so not only can you miss a class without falling behind, but you also don’t need to worry if your pup learns something faster or slower than everyone else.
Here’s what one of our clients has to say about our rolling enrollment classes:
“I love that this is the way you teach classes. Having been through 2 standard beginning classes, I like this set up much more. I end up learning a lot and I can work at the dog’s (and my) pace.”
What you’ll learn:
Along with being socialized to other dogs, people, sounds, and objects, here are some of the things we’ll cover in class:
- Attention in distracting locations
- Walk nicely on a leash
- Settle (lay down and chill)
- Come when called
- Handling (allow you to touch their feet, ears, etc)
- Drop it
We will also cover normal puppy issues such as:
- House Training
What it costs:
For $27/class, the minimum 6 session package is $162. You can sign up for as many as you like!
When and Where:
- 10:30am Saturday mornings in Sykesville off Bartholow Road
- Classes are held outdoors so puppies can practice around all the distractions they’ll see in the real world!
How to sign up:
Choose your class sessions below! Make sure to choose 6 or more.
If you have any questions, please email email@example.com.
See you in class!