Puppy Socialization Class (Rolling Admissions)
Taking puppy socialization classes is like “vaccinating” against serious behavior problems. The primary focus of this class is socialization. In addition, our experts will be there to answer your puppy-related questions and guide you through this important phase of puppy development.
This 5 week course is held on Thursday evenings from 6:45 – 7:45 p.m. at the Franklin Farm Veterinary Clinic. We have rolling admissions so you can start as soon as your puppy has been examined by a veterinarian and has at least one distemper-parvo vaccine. Puppies must be up to date on all vaccinations based on their age when starting class and throughout the course. Puppies can start class up until 16 weeks of age.
Experts agree, puppy socialization is THE most important thing you can do for your new puppy to give them the best start in life!
Click this link to see what veterinarians say about early socialization for puppies:
What makes our Puppy Socialization Class different?
Our puppy classes are co-led by a team of highly trained experts consisting of our Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Christine Michaud, CTC, PMCT, CPDT, and a Board Certified Veterinary Behaviorist, Dr. Amy Pike, DVM, DACVB. In addition to being experts in all things puppy, including socialization, training and behavior, both Dr. Pike and Christine are Certified Fear Free Professionals. We believe puppy class should be led by the most experienced and educated professionals, given what’s at stake during this critical period of development that sets the stage for your puppy’s entire life. If you are looking for experts, who will be there for you, every step of the way, who maintain the highest level of professional standards and ethics, are committed to using only the most up-to-date, scientifically sound methods of training, information and advice, then sign up today!
Puppy Basic Skills Class – The next session starts May 2 (No class May 16)
This 7 week course is a semi-private learning experience, limited to 4 puppies and their handlers, so you will get loads of one-on-one attention. The focus of this course is basic life skills for your puppy. Skills include come (quickly!) when called, leave it, walk nicely on leash, go to place, down, stay, sit for greetings, and more. Additionally, your dog or puppy will receive introductory training for positive grooming and vet procedures, so these things aren’t so scary or stressful (for you or your dog)! Classes are Thursday evenings at 8:00 p.m. at the Franklin Farm Veterinary Clinic. This class is designed for puppies up to 6 months of age. If your dog is over 6 months at class start, please contact the instructor prior to enrolling.
Click on this link to go over to our Puppy Primers page to see puppy training packages that include group classes and private puppy training:
Workshops – For dogs of any age!
These 4-week courses are ‘semi-private’ (limited to 4 dogs and their handlers), each with a limited focus on one important skill. Classes are held at Just Fur Pets in West Springfield on Tuesday evenings from 6:15 – 7:15. The cost is $160. Proof of current vaccinations is required. The class will proceed as long as there are a minimum of 2 dogs enrolled, otherwise, the trainer will offer 2 private sessions in lieu of the course.
Leash Walking Workshop begins April 2 **Note, this class is not for dogs who display ‘aggression’ or reactivity on leash. Please let me know if you have any questions about whether or not this class is right for your dog.
Polite Greeter Workshop begins May 7
Rocket Recalls begins June 4