Puppy Training & Socialization

2 puppy classes prior to 12 weeks of age reduces the probability of social issues by about 1.6 times. (see citation below)

Class time
Tuesdays  @ 6:15pm – Begin any week

Fee – $150.00 for 6 classes – Pre-Registration Required
(1 makeup class offered should you miss a class)

Click here to register

Convenient, Temperature controlled  Location
 2164 W. 6th Ave Eugene Oregon Map

Class time is spent with the hands on training exercises of: 
The I’m Better Game – a training game that teaches your dog to pay better attention to you. 
Games that Produce Self-Control – necessary for more advanced training 
Loose Leash Walking – give your dog the responsibility of keeping the leash loose – but it has to be taught. 
Calmly Socializing – with other dogs, people and the environment 
Speedy Sits and Downs – Don’t settle for a slow response 
Politely greeting people – without jumping or playful biting 
From Excited to Calm Game – teach your dog to go from an excited state to a calm state

When your puppy is done with this class it can do our  Manners Level 2 Class .

The Socialization portion of class

Many people know socialization inoculates puppies against fear-based aggression. What they don’t know is, 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.  Socialization needs to be 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 behavior that is too exuberant as these puppies are showing by going up on their hands legs and the lack of relaxed body postures is just as problematic as blatant fear.

How do you find new safe dogs, people and environmental stimuli to introduce your puppy to

The solution is The Well-Mannered Dog Puppy Socialization class.  I love that we are able to offer this an open enrollment class because this means new puppies and people can start class each week.  Open enrollment gives you a greater variety of social experiences compared to a class in which everyone starts at the same time.  We coach you though the process so you understand how to get the calm confident interactions that are so important as opposed to the fearful or overly exuberant interactions.  The socialization portion of class free class for all puppies participating in our in Family Dog Manners Classes and under 20 weeks of age.

Quality socialization is our passion.  Helping the fearful or shy puppies blossom into confident dogs while teaching those gregarious rough and tumble extroverts awareness of their bodies and the concept that calmness is even an option, is a major priority in our Puppy Socialization class.  We strive to make it so you don’t every have to worry about fear or aggression issues or rude social behavior. 

The Well-Mannered Dog Puppy socialization class is here to help inoculate your puppy against fear based aggression and to help you learn how to accomplish it.  All you need to do is enroll your puppy in our Family Dog Manners classes by clicking the “click here to register link” and signing your puppy up.  If you have any questions please do call me at 541-603-6868.

Price of socialization class – Free to pups enrolled in any level of Family Dog Manners class.

Qualifications

The American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior states in its position statement  “it should be standard care for puppies to receive such socialization before they are fully vaccinated”.   The AVSAB also add “puppies can start socialization classes as early as 7-8 weeks of age”with the condition that they are healthy and kept up to date on their vaccines. For these reasons, requirements for enrolling in our Family Dog Manners and Socialization classes are:

  • All puppies in good health and free of contagious diseases
  • Puppies are kept up to date on vaccines
  • Your pup is 7-20 weeks of age (puppies are divided into groups based on age, play style and confidence levels.)

If this class does not work well for your schedule or you have questions Call 541-603-6868

Our Guarantee and Philosophy

Resources

Rachel A Casey., Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 152, 52– 63,