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
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
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.
What age group should my puppy attend?
Our socials are broken into two age groups, roughly based on developmental periods: