puppy socials

Your puppy is learning all the time - make it count

Help your puppy learn the social skills they need to interact with other dogs

  • Crucial socialization window is leveraged to help prevent problem behaviors later in life

  • Supervised and managed by Certified Trainers to ensure appropriate behavior is encouraged and inappropriate behavior is interrupted

  • Small group sizes allow for puppies to get comfortable with play

  • Classes are in person, following mask and social distancing protocols for safety

  • Watch your puppy learn body language, behavior, and social dynamics

Included with all Puppy Socials

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Access to Certified Trainers to answer questions and give support

Narrated by our trainers to help you learn what to look for during play

 

Puppy Socialization checklist and resources

$10 

Frequently asked questions

Where do the socials take place?


Our puppy socials are located on the patio of Waldschänke Ciders in Denver's Sunnyside neighborhood, at 4100 Jason Street. Come join us for some puppy time and a tasty cider (or coffee!)




My puppy is scared of other dogs. Should they attend?


Because puppy social is designed for dogs to improve and hone their social skills, it is not appropriate for puppies who are very fearful of, or aggressive towards, other puppies. It can be extremely overwhelming for fearful puppies and can actually make behavior issues worse, not better. Instead, we encourage fearful puppies to start with private training so that we can assess how best to meet their needs for careful social interaction.




How do you address inappropriate behavior?


We never use "startle" tactics or aversives such as squirt bottles, shake cans, etc. Instead, we practice using positive interruptors, or the dog's name, to call them away from inappropriate interactions. Over time, the goal is for the puppy to learn to "self-interrupt" when play gets out of hand. We want every puppy to have a positive experience, so we don't allow puppies to bully one another. If a puppy isn't "getting the message" via positive interruption, we will use time outs as needed to help encourage them to cool down, and to give other puppies a break from intense behavior. This doesn't mean a puppy is "bad," just that they need a little extra feedback on inappropriate behavior.




What age group should my puppy attend?


Our socials are broken into two age groups, roughly based on developmental periods: - 8-12 weeks - 12-16 weeks This is to help ensure that puppies will be in a group with others of a similar developmental period and play style/intensity. Please choose the group that matches the age your puppy will be when they attend the class. This will help ensure that they have a good experience and are matched with other puppies who they are likely to get along with!




Which vaccinations are required?


All dogs and puppies coming to our facility must be current on their age appropriate vaccinations, including bordetella, distemper/parvo, and rabies (if the dog is 4 months of age or older). Please note any vaccinations prior to 8 weeks of age will not be considered valid. You will either upload a copy of these records when registering for your first class, or you can email the records to hello@canismajortraining.com.





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