Date of next class – 9th and 16th February 2019 at 10.00am
(See below for details on how to apply for a place)
Why is there a need for the classes?
It is a challenge for people with new puppies to find safe opportunities to allow them to socialise with others. There is also the problem that if done badly this experience can set your puppy back in terms of their confidence with other dogs. If not handled correctly this can then be a problem for life.
Although socialisation is an ongoing process for puppies as they grow up, there is a very small window of opportunity to introduce them to other dogs when they are very young. This is at an age when they are best able to handle new experiences and interactions with others and if opportunities are not given at this age then that time can never be recovered later on in life. This can result in a dog with ongoing problems with other dogs throughout their adult life.
What happens at the classes?
The class is one hour a week for two weeks. The next class date is at the top of the page. Julie Moss has been working as a canine behaviourist and teaching socialisation classes for a vets practice for over a decade so she has enormous experience in this area to enable her to provide a class which gives new puppy owners the chance to safely socialise their pups under appropriate supervision and guidance. Rather than just let them chase each other round the floor for an hour, the time is used to give them the skills to approach other puppies appropriately and politely and also to be able to be in the room with other puppies without feeling the need to constantly play with them.
Also during the class Julie will be answering any questions at all about puppy behaviour problems that anyone is experiencing. She will discuss the very basics of training a puppy and explain how to read their body language to enable you to understand what they are really feeling.
This is a part of the class people find extremely useful and is a chance to get accurate and correct advice from a safe source rather than gathering lots of varied opinions from different websites and Facebook pages, which can be extremely misleading and confusing for both owner and puppy!
Who can attend?
The class is open to puppies under 16 weeks however, we have seen that puppies who come in much earlier than this are much more successful at interacting with other puppies. For this reason you can bring your puppy as soon as they have had their first vaccination. This can save 4 weeks of waiting, mistakes and wasted opportunity which often happens if they do not attend until after their second vaccinations.
Is it safe for puppies to attend after only their first vaccination?
The training room is mopped with the same cleaning fluid used in vet practices to clean their floors to enable disease prevention and no other dogs can enter the building in the time between mopping the night before and puppies arriving the next day. This means that although theoretically there is a tiny risk, the room is as safe as possible. Puppies were allowed in after first vaccination for the last 2-3 years of classes taught by Julie at the vets practice where classes were held and during that time none of the hundreds of puppies that attended contracted disease but many were saved from future behavioural issues, so it appears the risks of illness are extremely minimal and completely outweighed by the benefits in improved behavioural progress.
When and where are the classes?
The classes are held at the Canine Mind and Body Balance Therapy Centre at Lumb in Rossendale. They will usually take place on a Saturday morning. The date of the next class is at the top of the page.
What do you need to do?
If you are interested in bringing your puppy to a class please complete the following steps:
1. Make sure your puppy is no more than 16 weeks of age by the date of the second class.
2. Fill in the registration form below
3. Send a picture of your puppy’s vaccination card to firstname.lastname@example.org. The picture must clearly show the name and age of your puppy, date of vaccinations received and your address.
4. Once I have received these you will then receive an email invitation to the next available class with a link to pay for both classes. You will need to respond to the invitation and make the payment of £10 to accept your place. If I don’t receive a reply and payment from you by the cut off date stated in the email, the place will be offered to someone else on the waiting list.
At times of year when class numbers are lower you may attend one or two extra classes if you wish, where a payment of £5 is required beforehand to secure your place for the following week. If demand for classes is high this may not be possible so the next option would be to go on to the Puppy Life Skills classes as a next step.
Registration form for puppy socialisation classes.