Puppies learn more in the first 16 weeks of their lives than they will at any other time. The most critical time in this
16 weeks is the period between 8 and 12 weeks. The need for teaching, human-dog bonding and for exposure to unfamiliar experiences
must happen at this time for puppy to become a confident well-rounded and balanced adult dog.
Caution needs to be taken though as there is a fear period at 11 weeks which can affect the rest of your puppy's life.
Play with other dogs should be restricted to puppies the same age and of the same play style. Dogs parks and free play with
adult dogs are inappropriate as puppy may be injured trying to keep up. Puppy Head Start is the answer
The American Veterinary Society of Animal Behaviour and the Association of Pet Dog Trainers recommend puppy socialization
begin by seven weeks and before first shots are finished. Please feel free to share the AVSAB statement with your veterinarian.
The link is below.
Puppy Head Start - puppy
class for puppies aged 8 to 16 weeks
This is a six-week session for $70.00 (GST included in prices).
Puppy II - moves puppies beyond socialization, play and basic
skills training. Puppies 17-24 weeks learn to walk nicely on leash, keep their feet on the floor, come when called and
generally behave in the home.
You can register for Puppy II later for $80.00 or start your puppy off on the right
paw and register for both for $142.50.