Mendocino Animal HOspital
By Kyree Klimist
We all want happy, enjoyable and relaxed dogs. The number one and most important thing you can do to prevent your dog from becoming aggressive or anxious is to properly socialize your puppy when they are young.
What does it mean to properly socialize your puppy? This means that you help your puppy learn that the world is a safe place through careful exposure to all kinds of different places and things. And it means that your puppy has to have a good time while they are learning about the world.
Canine behavior scientists have now determined that the “socialization window” is even smaller than previously thought - it is between 3 to 14 weeks instead of the previously thought 3-20 weeks. If you don’t get your puppy until they are 8 weeks old, this socialization window is half over.
I teach a Puppy Socialization Class at Mendocino Animal Hospital. The goal is to allow young puppies to interact and socialize in a safe environment while getting to ask questions about chewing, jumping, and house training. We talk about what you are seeing in their behavior in class as well and we discuss how to socialize them in the world at large in a safe way.
Classes are $20 each and are offered on Thursday’s at 6:30 p.m. for puppies between 8 to 16 weeks old at Mendocino Animal Hospital.
Contact me, Kyree, at 510-282-2701 for class size availability.