Adequately socializing puppies during the critical period – 8 to 20 weeks is the most effective measure to reduce the chance of your dog developing fear-related behaviors as an adult.

Live virtual group modules are a cost-effective, flexible option to help your puppy grow up to be a friendly, confident dog. You can take one or all of them! The order doesn’t matter as it is all about laying down an adequate foundation so we can teach your puppy that the world is a wonderful and safe place. Individual modules are capped at four participants to allow for adequate time to coaching new skills with your puppy. Please see below for module content and offerings:

Module 1: Puppy Socialization
● How do dogs learn?
● Introducing novel items
● Cooperative handling
● "Touch" game

Module 2: Puppy Resource Guarding
● Why do dogs guard prized possessions?
● Emergency trade game
● Food and object guarding prevention exercises
● “Leave it”

Module 3: Puppy Body Handling
● Shouldn’t puppy’s love it when you handle them?
● Bath time
● Body Handling Sensitivity prevention exercises.
● Petting Consent test

Module 4: Puppy Separation Anxiety Prevention
● What is Separation Anxiety?
● Crate training
● Alone Training exercise
● Mental Enrichment games

Module 5: Puppy Biting and Chewing
● Help! My puppy won’t stop biting me
● Orchestrating “time-outs” for biting
● Chew training
● “Drop It”

Module 6: Puppy Play, Recalls, and Mock Vet Visit
● The ABC’s of healthy dog play
● Rocket Recalls
● Mock Vet Visit


LENGTH: 60 MIN
TUITION: $25
CLASS SIZE: 4

REQUIREMENTS: Puppies must be between 9 to 20 weeks of age. Socials will be limited to four clients and will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis.


For more information, email us or call (410) 235-8826, ext. 151.

Upcoming Classes:
July 18, 2020

Module 1: Puppy Socialization – Saturday @ 9:00am for 60 minutes

July 25, 2020

Module 2: Puppy Resource Guarding – Saturday @ 9:00am for 60 minutes

August 8, 2020

Module 3: Puppy Body Handling – Saturday @ 9:00am for 60 minutes

August 15, 2020

Module 4: Puppy Separation Anxiety Prevention – Saturday @ 9:00am for 60 minutes

August 22, 2020

Module 5: Puppy Biting and Chewing – Saturday @ 9:00am for 60 minutes

August 29, 2020

Module 6: Puppy Play, Recalls, and Mock Vet Visit – Saturday @ 9:00am for 60 minutes

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