When Should Our Puppy Start School?
"Veterinarians specializing in behavior recommend that owners take advantage of every safe opportunity to expose young puppies to the great variety of stimuli that they will experience in their lives. Enrolling in puppy classes prior to three months of age can be an excellent means of improving training, strengthening the human-animal bond, and socializing puppies in an environment where risk of illness can be minimized." (AVSAB).
Read the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior's AVSAB Position Statement on Puppy Socialization HERE.
Read the American Veterinary Medical Association's literature review on the implications of puppy socialization HERE.
Our German Shepherd pup, Val, goes to Playcare, Boarding, Puppy Socials and Trainings. Canine Connection has really helped our family especially because our pup can get his energy out in a safe play environment while I'm at work. When we pick him up, he's a tired and happy pup. What says it all about how he is treated is that he NEVER looks back when I drop him off. He is SO happy to be there! Puppy Kindergarten classes really help to change owners thinking and realize the messages that we give our dogs. It helped our whole family understand our dog and in turn we have such a better relationship with him.
--Kym Casperson, Val's the German Shepherd's guardian