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$25 per class, or buy a punch card good for 5 classes for $100

Module 1: Obstacles, Surfaces and Sounds
Upcoming Classes:
Sep 18th, Wednesday 6:45 pm
Oct 5th, Saturday 10:00 am
Oct 5th, Saturday 11:00 am
Oct 17th, Thursday 5:45 pm

Module 2: Health, Handling and Grooming
Upcoming Classes:
Sep 25th, Wednesday 6:45 pm
Oct 12th, Saturday 10:00 am
Oct 12th, Saturday 11:00 am
Oct 24th, Thursday 6:45 pm

Module 3: Costumes and Appearances
Upcoming Classes:
Oct 3rd, Thursday 6:45 pm
Oct 19th, Saturday 10:00 am
Oct 19th, Saturday 11:00 am

Module 4: Wheels and Children's Toys
Upcoming Classes:
Sep 28th, Saturday 10:00 am
Sep 28th, Saturday 11:00 am
Oct 10th, Thursday 6:45 pm
Oct 26th, Saturday 10:00 am
Oct 26th, Saturday 11:00 am

Congratulations on becoming a new puppy parent! This is a very exciting time and there are so many new things for both you and your puppy to learn. Teaching your puppy basic obedience like “sit” and “stay” is important, but can be done at any age. However, now is the time to socialize your puppy as the critical time period for properly socializing your puppy is quickly running out.

Your puppy’s socialization period began at 3 to 4 weeks of age and ends somewhere between 12 and 16 weeks of age, which means that by the time you brought your new family member home, the socialization period was already half over. This stage of puppyhood is a critical and finite period of time during which puppies are developmentally open to new experiences.

Correct, positive socialization is so critical that the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior (AVSAB) 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.”

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So what is socialization? Most people think that the phrase “socialize your puppy” means meeting lots of other dogs and people. This is important, but we often miss everything else in our environment: Sounds, surfaces, objects, cats and animals, dogs of all breeds and personalities, umbrellas, people in hats, people with beards and glasses, children, bicycles, strollers, shopping carts, cars, fireworks, Halloween costumes, recycling bins, and so on.

Best Paw Forward’s Puppy Socialization Program 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. These classes are for puppies up to 19 weeks of age (some exceptions apply for puppies exceeding the age limit - please speak with your trainer) and are enrolled in Puppy Kindergarten or a Training Package. Puppies must have their second set of vaccines for parvo and distemper to attend.

Let’s get those little paws walking in the right direction for a lifetime of fun by your side!

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