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The holidays are happening, and some lucky ducks are getting puppies for Christmas! Color us JEALOUS!  It’s important to remember that a puppy is a lifetime commitment, and as such you need to start them off right. Those first few months are a crucial time to accomplish puppy socialization, which can be done through puppy classes or simply by taking your puppy to new exciting areas (all of this after they’ve had their vaccinations, of course!). We tend to think the best way to socialize your puppy is by bringing them to Dogtopia. If you have to leave town this winter after getting a puppy, our puppy boarding services will be your best friend! We will continue your puppy socialization while your pup is kenneled with us.

A confident puppy is a happy puppy, and puppy socialization does just that. It also helps your puppy learn appropriate play and interaction. What that means for you is your pup will do far better when going into new places or groups of people and pets, as they’ll see it as something they’re familiar with. Imagine taking your puppy with you to the dog park, or to an open air mall, with no fear that they will bark or lunge or act inappropriately. Socialized puppies are a delight! Puppies can begin staying at Dogtopia at 12 weeks of age, which is a perfect time for them to socialize.  Make sure you have read out “new client” page to understand what to expect and the vaccinations that are necessary to participate.

A meet and greet evaluation will be essential before bringing your pup in for puppy socialization.


  • Response to staff touch/interaction
  • Comfort level in a crate* or suite*
  • Reaction in “open play” setting with other dogs of varying size, breed, and temperament
  • Overall observations
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Not all puppies, but our Toybox room is perfect for puppy socialization as all pups are about the same size

Don’t fear the evaluation- most puppies pass with flying colors! It really is a way for us to get to know your pup, and assess if they’d like Dogtopia. Once they pass the evaluation they can come in for doggie day care whenever you want them to get extra exercise and socialization. You’ll love watching your pup gain confidence.  Call us today to set up an tour!