S.E.T. SOCIALIZE 5. Be exposed to a variety of sights and sounds around the house and neighborhood. (cars, bikes, skateboards) 6. Take a short ride in your car at least 2-3 When do I start to socialize? Your puppy’s times a week. peak socialization period is between 3-12 7. Take a 10 minute (or more) walk around YOUR PUPPY weeks of age. This means the clock is your neighborhood at least 5x a week. Ask ticking to raise a well-adjusted puppy. any people you meet along the way to give Socialization is gradual exposure to a your puppy a food treat. Stay away from UP FOR variety of environmental stimuli (different public grass until your puppy is fully people, animals, places, and experiences) vaccinated to avoid contact with in a controlled manner to affect a positive contaminated feces from other dogs. SUCCESS experience and increase social skills. This must be done in such a fashion that the “Kindergarten puppy training classes are puppy is never frightened or traumatized by often an excellent way to meet some of the the experience or a life-long fear of that socialization requirements. Most classes stimulus may occur. begin puppies at 8-10 weeks of age. These SOCIALIZE classes give puppies an opportunity to meet Socialization should continue after 12 other people and puppies and be exposed weeks, but it is less effective and requires to various noises and objects.” – Dr. Lore I. considerably more time and effort to obtain Haug, DVM, MS, DACVB, Texas A&M a similar effect. Although 12 weeks is the EXERCISE Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital upper end of the optimum period, socialization experiences should not stop at this age. As with any skill, if social skills are not “practiced” over the dog’s lifetime, the EXERCISE TRAIN dog will loose some of its ability to adjust to strange people, animals, and places. Exercising your puppy is also critical to its During this critical socialization period, you development into the ideal dog. Exercise should expose your puppy to: can take the form of mental or physical exercise. The brain, like all organs, needs By: Laurie Zurborg, CPDT 1. Meet a minimum of 10 new people each to be used or it becomes atrophied. Mental activities can be using food stuffed toys like Head Trainer, Owner week and receive treats from each one. (not Kongs or Buster Cubes to replace their the same people each week) 2. Meet a minimum of 5 new (friendly, healthy energy that would’ve been spent foraging for food. Play 100 kibble pickup in the Wags & Wiggles Dog Daycare & & vaccinated) dogs each week. backyard. Scatter their breakfast or dinner Training Facility, LLC 3. Go to a minimum of 5 different environments each week. kibble in the grass and let them hunt away. 949 635-9655 4. Make one trip to the veterinary clinic each Teach your dog to be a thinking creature by week, just to receive treats from the staff. using the clicker to capture great behaviors. See clicker training pamphlet on www.wagsandwiggles.com www.wagsandwiggles.com. As for physical exercise, this will vary always on top of the latest advances in dog puppy. Learn how to control the resources depending on age and breed. Puppies training. and dish them out for good behavior. should be allowed free off-leash play in ♥ Biting/Chewing/Mouthing. Many puppy secure enclosed areas. Use this Puppy classes held at Wags & Wiggles behaviors are cute and relatively harmless, opportunity to start training them to come. minimize risk of disease by requiring a full but these same behaviors exhibited by an Before unclipping the leash, do 10 recalls vet check and at least one series of adult dog could be dangerous. Puppies do for food treats. Then release to go play. vaccines before coming to class. The class not “grow out” of poor behavior. Behaviors that puppies exhibit when they are young Nothing will provide more exercise than area itself does not have through traffic from will typically persist unless you teach the playing with another dog. All that romping unknown dogs. It is cleaned with veterinary dog a more acceptable alternative. and chasing will ensure a good night’s approved products after each class. ♥ Restraint/Handling/Being Alone. All sleep. Be sure to only allow free play with puppies need to learn restraint and self- appropriate healthy dogs. “Many veterinarians are making this early control to make vet trips enjoyable. Puppies socialization and learning program part of a should learn to accept handling and Teach your dog to retrieve toys from day total wellness plan. To take full advantage manipulation without fear. Puppies one. Start with the puppy on a leash and of this early special learning period, many eventually have to be left alone. Owners both of you sitting in the corner of a room. veterinarians recommend that new owners need education on how to prevent Throw the toy against the wall so the puppy take their puppies to puppy socialization separation anxiety. will have no choice but to head back in your classes, beginning at 8 to 9 weeks of age. ♥ Food/Possessions . Puppies should direction. Reward with a game of tug or a At this age they should have (and can be learn to accept having people around their food treat. Playing tug does NOT cause required to have) received a minimum of food & possessions which is best taught early in life. The goal is to imprint the puppy aggression if done properly. Teach your their first series of vaccines for protection that approaching people and hands bring puppy to drop the toy by exchanging the toy against infectious diseases. “-Robert K. good things. for a food treat. Add the word “drop”, give Anderson DVM Professor and Director Emeritus, ♥ Beginning Commands. Puppies should the treat, and throw the toy again. Teaching Animal Behavior Clinic University of Minnesota be taught to pay attention to their name, sit proper toy manners will encourage good instead of jump, and how to settle. bite inhibition and provide much needed Components of every good puppy class: exercise. For large breed dogs that are susceptible to growing pains, use caution ♥ Experienced knowledgeable ARE PUPPY CLASSES with repetitive exercise. instructor. At Wags & Wiggles, all SAFE? instructors are Certified Pet Dog Trainers, TRAIN CPDT. They have 300+ hours of hands on With a knowledgeable instructor who will experience and 1 year apprenticeship before teaching classes. prevent puppies from being overwhelmed ♥ Positive Reinforcement Training. Be and a facility that can minimize the risk of 85% of the 2 million dogs that were exposure to disease, safe puppy classes euthanized last year in shelters were sure to choose classes which reward and encourage rather than using physical means are the most critical influence on the rest of reported by the owner to house soil or have its life. Wags & Wiggles does numerous to get the dogs to behave. aggression issues. Both issues can be ♥ Establish a good potty training plan. aggression consults a year and the one completed avoided by training your puppy. Every household can develop can good common denominator is a lack of Even if you have trained dogs in the past, potty training plan with the right tools. socialization and training as a puppy. Now your puppy needs to come to class to be ♥ Relationship. Building a better is the time to invest in your puppy’s future to exposed to real life. You might even learn relationship is the key to raising an attentive ensure you have the happy puppy you something new since Wags & Wiggles is wanted for your family.