Puppy Socialization Classes for 2021

We have teamed up with Brooklyn Yard Veterinary Clinic to offer structured, trainer-led puppy socialization classes.

The critical socialization period during puppy development occurs from roughly 5–16 weeks. This is the time to safely and positively expose puppies to all sorts of new and unfamiliar people, other dogs and animals, sights, sounds, surfaces, etc. Social distancing has made this difficult! Let trained professionals do some of the work for you.

Due to COVID-19, all classes are drop-off only.

The fine print:

  • All classes are held at Brooklyn Yard Vet / 1280 SE Holgate Blvd Portland OR 97202 (map)
  • Wait outside with your puppy. DO NOT ENTER THE CLINIC. We will come out and bring your puppy into the clinic. After class is over, we will bring your puppy out to you.
  • First round of vaccines is REQUIRED. Please email a copy of your vaccine record to hannah@pupstartraining.com or bring it with you to the clinic.
  • The clinic will be completely sanitized before and after each class.
  • There will be no refunds unless cancelled 24 hours prior to class (exceptions always made for health concerns).
  • If your puppy is showing any sign of sickness, including diarrhea, vomiting, or coughing, they CANNOT attend class. Please email hannah@pupstartraining.com or call 216-466-1626 to cancel.
  • If you are showing any sign of sickness, please have a healthy family member drop off and pick up your puppy.
 

General notes:

  • Please do NOT take your puppy to dog parks.
  • If you let your puppy meet other dogs, supervise and protect your puppy. Do not let your puppy become defensive! Keep play sessions short and sweet, and frequently interrupt with tasty treats for all.
  • Early socialization is incredibly important — prioritize quality over quantity. All experiences should be positive. Do not overwhelm your puppy.
  • Puppies need an average of 20 hours of sleep a day!


Click 
here for the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior’s position statement on puppy socialization.

Puppy Preschool

Who

Puppies up to 16 weeks who have had their first round of vaccinations.

What:

Two trainers work directly with a maximum of 4 puppies per class. Focus is on developing appropriate play skills and rest skills, building confidence, and learning basic skills (including hand target, eye contact, and sit). 

Classes are 3 hours and cost $120.

When:

Sundays from 10 am to 1 pm

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Puppy Socials

Who

Puppies up to 20 weeks who have had their first round of vaccinations.

What:

Two trainers work directly with a maximum of 5 puppies per class. Focus is on developing appropriate play skills and building confidence. 

Classes are 50 minutes and cost $30.

When:

Saturdays and Sundays

3:30 pm — small puppy social — puppies who weigh less than 20 pounds

5 pm — large puppy social — puppies who weigh more than 20 pounds

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Shy Puppy Socials

Who

Shy or nervous puppies up to 20 weeks who have had their first round of vaccinations.

What:

Two trainers work directly with a maximum of 4 puppies per class. Focus is on developing appropriate play skills and building confidence. 

Classes are 50 minutes and cost $35.

When:

Sundays from 2 to 2:50 pm

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Adolescent Play & Train

Who

Puppies 5 to 8 months who are fully vaccinated. This class is designed for well-socialized puppies who’ve aged out of puppy socials.

What:

Two trainers work directly with a maximum of 4 puppies per class. Focus is on continuing appropriate play behavior and practicing basic skills (including hand target, eye contact, sit, and down). 

Classes are 1½ hours and cost $60.

When:

Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7 to 8:30 pm

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If you don’t receive a confirmation email after booking, please contact me to make sure your registration went through.