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Danada Veterinary Hospital, PC offers a puppy socialization class! Puppy class is one of the most important things you can do for your puppy. Since it's inception in 2006, our puppy class has graduated more than 625 puppies.
Socialization is a vital experience for your puppy in order for him/her to grow up to be a safe, enjoyable member of the family. The socialization period ends around 12 weeks; this is a crucial developmental stage during which your puppy learns to accept new things, enjoy being around people, and develop appropriate social skills with other dogs.
This is not a traditional leashed class nor is it a puppy free-for all. You and your puppy will engage in supervised off leash interactions and settle down periods. The main objectives of our puppy classes are teaching impulse control, bite inhibition training, socialization to other people and dogs, and appropriate dog-dog interaction. Bite inhibition training and socialization have developmental deadlines and must be learned during puppyhood. Puppies must engage in appropriate canine play, and it is usually best with dogs of a similar age. Your puppy may learn the wrong lessons if they are interacting with inappropriately playing puppies or adult dogs.
We also discuss common puppy topics such as potty training, crate training, toys, nipping, chewing and general training principles to help prevent future behavior problems.
Our class is designed so a puppy may enter the class at any time provided there is space available. This is not only beneficial to the individual puppy by keeping within the critical socialization window, but to the class as a whole since your puppy will continue to meet new puppies.
Puppies need to be current on distemper and bordetella shots, have a stool check, and be declared healthy by a veterinarian.
Class is taught by Darci Reagan, CPDT-KA. Darci is a DVH staff member certified through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers, the first national certification for dog trainers. She is also certified in behavior modification through Purdue University CVM and a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers.
Please call the hospital at 630-665-6161 and speak to Darci for more information on puppy class or private lessons.