Socialization for Puppies
WHAT IS SOCIALIZATION?
Socialization is having your puppy experience new sights, smells, sounds, experiences, people and animals in a positive and rewarding manner.
WHEN DOES SOCIALIZATION BEGIN?
Socialization begins while your puppy is still with their mom and littermates and continues up to 3-4 months of age. This is why it is so important to have your puppy out of the house, even if it's in a car or being carried.
WHEN CAN YOU LET YOUR PUPPY COME TO CLASSES?
If your puppy has been home for 10 days or more and has shown no sign of illness (vomiting, diarrhea etc) and has had their first round of DHPP or DA2PP shots, at least 7 Days prior to the start of classes or puppy socials, they are welcome to attend, starting at 9 weeks of age.
We follow the AVSAB (American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior) position statement for puppy socialization. You can read the statement here. They believe that puppy socialization classes should start as early as 7-8 weeks to ensure that puppies are able to have as many positive experiences while they are less likely to be fearful. If your vet has suggested that you keep your puppy home until they have had their full set of shots, please discuss the AVSAB position statement and your options with them.