Puppy Socialization

Many people know puppy socialization inoculates puppy against fear, stress and anxiety issues.

But what they don't understand is the difference between what socialization is and what it is not.

Socialization is about introducing your puppy to a lot of new dogs, new people and new stimuli in the environment in such a way that it does not produce fear but does build confidence.  It is new experiences but those new experiences must produce calm, confident behavior. 

Quality socialization that teaches calm, confident behavior with other dogs is not about letting your puppy have wild free for all play with other dogs or the same dog over and over again.  It may or may not involve play. But as you can see, it can be a lot of fun.  It is a process that we as owners control and participate in.  Too much excitement or exuberance is just as problematic as blatant fear (see the video for an example of this).

So the question is, how do you find safe dogs, people and environmental stimuli to introduce your puppy too?

The solution is The Well-Mannered Dog's Puppy class.  I love that we are able to offer this as an open enrollment class because this means new puppies and people can start class each week.  This gives you a greater variety of socialization experiences in which everyone starts at the same time.  We coach you through the process, so you understand how to get the calm, confident interactions that are soooo important as opposed to the fearful or overly exuberant ones.

Quality socialization is my passion.  Helping the fearful or shy puppies blossom into confident dogs while teaching the gregarious, ruff and tumble extroverts awareness of their bodies and the concept that calmness is even an option is major priority in our puppy classes.  We strive to make it so you don't ever have to worry about fear, anxiety or aggression issues.

The Well-Mannered Puppy class is here to help you inoculate your puppy against fear and anxiety issues.  All you have to do is click the sign up button to register your puppy for class.  If you have any questions please give me a call @ 541-603-6868.