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Puppy Socialization (Under 20 weeks )

Tuesday . Helping pups learn about the world and simple rules!

  • Starts Jul 25
  • 300 Canadian dollars
  • BCSPCA location, 154 Westwood Road

Available spots

Service Description

***THIS CLASS IS A PERFECT ADDITION TO LEVEL 1*** 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 “ should be the standard of care for puppies to receive such socialization before they are fully vaccinated.” They recommend puppies have their first vaccines before starting classes. So what is socialization? Most people think that the phrase “socialize your puppy” means meeting lots of other dogs and people. This is important and should be done in a way to NOT overwhelm your pup. 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. Let’s get those little paws walking in the right direction for a lifetime of fun by your side!

Upcoming Sessions

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation Policy and Terms and Conditions of Participation Private Lessons: A full refund or credit is available for cancellations a minimum of 48 hours before the scheduled booking. A 50% credit towards a rebooking is available for cancellations between 48 and 24 hours. As we carefully schedule and arrange our daily bookings to accommodate our clients, and we can not fill last-minute cancellations, any cancellations of less than 24 hours will be billed the full fee, with no refund, credit, substitution or "makeup" options. Package Deals for Private sessions: All sessions for a package deal will be scheduled in advance. There are no refund or make -up options for missing a pre planned session. Sessions can be rescheduled only of there is at least 48 hour notice. Group Classes: Full Refund up to 7 days before the start of class. Between 7 days and 96 hours ( 4 days prior to start of class) : full credit to apply to future classes or can be applied towards Private sessions. Less than 96 hours' notice: we will most likely not be able to fill your reserved class spot and a cancellation fee of $150 will apply, the remainder can be used as a credit. Once the class has started there is no refund, credit, "future make up" or substitution option available for any classes missed, but the homework will be shared with you. If you are not sure if your dog is suitable for a group class, please ask before booking! We highly recommend a private lesson to assess suitability and answer any questions you may have as well as to bridge any gaps if you have missed a group session. Seminars and Work shops, including First Aid course: Payment in full at time of booking. A full refund is available up to 7 days before the course. Refunds for cancellations after that date will not be available

Contact Details

(250) 729-3900

Nanaimo, BC, Canada

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