why should I socialise my puppy?
According to the RSPCA, "Proactively socialising your puppy is very important. Puppies have what is called a 'critical socialisation period' between approximately 3 -17 weeks of age. The puppy’s experiences during this critical period of learning and development can influence and shape their behaviour well into adulthood. Providing plenty of opportunities for socialisation and exposure to different environments during this time can help to ensure your puppy grows into a well-adjusted adult that relates well to other dogs, other animals and people.Socialising a pup must be done in a safe, social and positive environment such as that generally provided at a puppy school."
we can help
Graham is qualified in Dog Psychology and Training, as well as having undertaken training specifically for Puppy School Instruction and runs the Daycare side of K9 Zone as well as the Puppy Classes
5 Sessions - 4 classes and a structured play time best suited for puppies 8-14 weeks of age
Over four 60 minute sessions, Graham takes you through socialising and covers additional topics such as:
- puppy behaviour
- basic commands
- meet & greet techniques
- food safety
We also use fun activities designed to expose puppies to sounds and environments for a healthy happy dog.
Classes are kept small to ensure personal attention.
The play session is catered to your puppy's individual needs and arranged in consultation with Graham, matched to the most appropriate existing daycare group.
K9 Zone has a snuffle area especially set up for puppy socialisation and exposure helping to create a safe space for off-lead interaction and play that builds puppies' confidence. Continued exposure to this kind of environment will increase your puppy's resilience and reduces anxiety and potential aggression in social situations.
The cost of each individual session is $35.00 and a graduation photo, bonus wash, certificate and welcome pack is provided upon completion of all five sessions - total investment $175.
We also focus on one-on-one needs of your puppy, by listening to your needs and helping you with issues you may want to focus on such as jumping, biting, or coming when called. Where additional assistance or focus is required, have partnered with an experienced trainer who can work with your puppy individually within the puppy sessions if needed.
In order to attend, fill out the form below. On or prior to first day of attendance, you will need to bring copies of your pup's vaccinations, flea/worming treatment, and a signed copy of our Indemnity Form
On completion and payment of all four classes, pups will also receive a free wash* any time before they hit 20 weeks old.
*Please note there are some requirements before attendance is possible including signing a waiver/indemnity form.