$25 per class, or buy a punch card good for 5 classes for $100
Module 1: Obstacles, Surfaces and Sounds
Jun 1st, Saturday 10:00 am
Jun 1st, Saturday 11:00 am
Jun 12th, Wednesday 6:45 pm
Jun 29th, Saturday 10:00 am
Jun 29th Saturday 11:00 am
Module 2: Health, Handling and Grooming
Jun 8th, Saturday 10:00 am
Jun 8th, Saturday 11:00 am
Jun 19th, Wednesday 6:45 pm
Jul 6th, Saturday 10:00 am
Jul 6th, Saturday 11:00 am
Module 3: Costumes and Appearances
May 29th, Wednesday 6:45 pm
Jun 15th, Saturday 10:00 am
Jun 15th, Saturday 11:00 am
Jun 26th, Wednesday 6:45 pm
Module 4: Wheels and Children's Toys
May 25th, Saturday 10:00 am
Jun 22nd, Saturday 10:00 am
Jun 22nd, Saturday 11:00 am
Jul 3rd, Wednesday 6:45 pm
Best Paw Forward’s Puppy Socialization program is designed for young puppies under the age of 18 weeks old. This program follows the vet recommended Karen Pryor Puppy Start Right guidelines taught worldwide and will help you learn how to correctly and positively "vaccinate" your puppy against future behavioral problems as they learn to live in our modern society.
Your puppy’s socialization period ends between 12 and 16 weeks of age, which means that by the time most puppy parents bring their new family member home this period of time is already half over. The early puppyhood socialization period begins at 3-4 weeks of age and is a critical and finite period of time during which puppies are developmentally open to new experiences, sights, sounds, smells, dogs, motion, people, environments and items.
Correct, positive socialization is so critical that the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behaviour (AVSAB) has published a POSITION STATEMENT in which it states that “…it should be the standard of care for puppies to receive such socialization before they are fully vaccinated.”
To register for our Puppy Socialization classes, you will need to provide us with proof of two vaccinations for parvo and distemper and be registered in a current or upcoming Puppy Kindergarten class.
You and your puppy will learn how to correctly, positively and safely interact with new and novel stimuli and many of the things we humans see as "normal" in our world such as costumes, obstacles, sounds, wheels and children's toys. We will also discuss many other important topics like health and body handling, husbandry care, appropriate puppy play, and of course, positive reinforcement choice-based training.
Let’s get those little paws walking in the right direction for a lifetime of fun by your side!