Getting a puppy is great!  But making sure that puppy becomes a healthy and awesome adult dog is WORK. Puppies between the age of 3 weeks to 18 weeks are in their Socialization Stage. Most new pet owners are getting their pups at 8 weeks- after they get their vaccinations, it’s great to begin socializing them. During this stage, it’s critical that you introduce your puppy to a variety of people, animals, sounds, things, and places to ensure proper puppy socialization.

From about 3 weeks to 18 weeks old your puppy is in the socialization period of life.  Puppy comes specially prepared for taking in lots of new stuff with an extra bit of resilience and curiosity.  The puppy socialization period is the most important period of your furbabies life, so don’t squander this time.  Is your puppy already past 18 weeks old?   You’ll still want to continue your efforts with socialization tasks.  Despite the extra preparedness time has lapsed, your puppy will indeed be taking in all his new life has to offer.

Puppy socialization is all about preparation and prevention.  We want to use this period of your puppy’s life to prepare her for the many life experiences she’ll encounter as a social family dog.  We also want to do all we can to prevent serious behavior problems in the future that stem from fear.

1st and early experiences have enormous weight on if your pup will see something as safe or scary.  While in the socialization period, we’ll want to shower your pup with as many experiences as humanly possible.  Yet always ready to swoop in and be her hero if she gets overwhelmed.  And remember being your pups hero is maintaining a calm and reassuring presence yourself.

With our ability to set up those first and early experiences in a thoughtful way, we’ll ensure they’re indeed good experiences.  One exposure to a particularly new experience is not nearly enough.  We want lots of padding, as many times this situation has predicted lots of fun.  When bad experiences inevitably do happen, your pup has had lots of previous good times and the likelihood of her concluding this is now dangerous in her mind is much less likely.

Your puppy can thrive in a Dogtopia environment!  Our puppy daycare services allow your puppy to socialize & exercise, learning and growing all day long.  ALL while under the supervision of our staff.  Can it get any better? We don’t think so.  Contact us today for a tour and you’ll see why!