Puppy class is always full of interesting and fun participants. Both in two and four legged varieties! Here we have "Cooper" looking a bit like something out of a Dr. Seuss movie. He managed to slip past the doggie gate, down into the basement where he waded through some items that discolored parts of his coat. Hats off to Sam, Brittany and little Anabelle for bringing Cooper to class with the evidence of mischief clearly worn all over! It's a reminder to all that puppy class is a place to have fun, learn and grow!
Early socialization is what puppy class is all about. Socialization to different kinds of dogs, both in looks and dogalities. It's a chance for Outgoing dogs to encourage Guarded ones to come out and play. For Dominate dogs to learn they can be leaders without being bullies and Supportive dogs to learn how to be peace-makers. Submissive dogs can learn confidence and all learn that learning is fun and rewarding!
The window for this kind of socialization is pretty narrow. Veterinarians don't recommend puppies get together before their second set of shots which happens at around 11 weeks of age. Puppies have most all of their adult teeth by the time they reach six months old. What used to be cute outbursts or puppy tantrums, now become a risk of real injury. The time to socialize is therefore between 11 and 20 weeks of age.
Of course puppy class is not just for puppies, but for humans as well. It's a chance to learn more about your own pups dogality type and how he views the world. It's a chance to see other people's dogs and appreciate how they may see the same world a bit differently. It's a safe place to share hopes, dreams, fears and anxieties about the future of your pup and group therapy for the present challenges all new puppy people experience.
Don't miss your next opportunity to take a puppy, yourself and your family pack to puppy class!