Puppy Socialization Classes

For puppies ages 10-15 weeks of age.
Puppies must finish this class by 20 weeks of age.

Socialization
The socialization period in puppies is between 3-16 weeks of age. Within this time frame, a dog will most likely learn more than in the remaining course of its lifetime. Between 6-12 weeks our puppies are learning to adapt to the human domestic environment. Any negative experiences during this time can be long lasting. In turn, lack of exposure to novel experiences can be just as detrimental. It is vital that we socialize puppies properly during this sensitive period of time to prevent behavior problems related to fear and anxiety. Consider Pine Woods Puppy Class to socialize your new puppy in a controlled and safe environment.

Basic Manners
Each class will include new topics in basic obedience and manners. Puppies and owners will be instructed on how to introduce new behaviors using reward based training. Problem prevention topics such as puppy play biting, house breaking, and crate training can be discussed. Please note this is not a formal obedience class.

Desensitization
We hope that your puppy will never have to visit the vet hospital for more than their annual examinations. But even then we may have to perform routine procedures such as vaccinations or blood collection. When your puppy comes to Pine Woods Puppy Class, they will soon associate the hospital with positive experiences and we hope they will begin to enjoy their regular trips to the vet. During class, we will also work to desensitize pups to other every day potentially scary experiences such as the vacuum cleaner, nail trims, or the sound of clipper blades at the groomers.

What Should I Bring to Class?

  • Training treats and/or kibble
  • A regular 4-6 foot leash connected to your dog’s flat buckle collar or harness
  • Any family member who wants to be involved in training. Children under 8 should be accompanied by 2 adults. One to supervise child, and the other to supervise puppy.
  • A positive attitude. Training should be FUN and REWARDING!

Dogs Should NOT Attend Class If They are Experiencing Any of the Following Symptoms:

  • Frequent coughing or sneezing
  • Ocular or nasal discharge
  • Vomiting or diarrhea
  • Lethargy
  • Anorexia (loss of appetite)

If symptoms persist it is recommended that your dog be examined by a veterinarian.


Meet the Trainer

Jessica Fritschi graduated with her associate degree in Veterinary Technology in 2008. She immediately began her technician career at Pine Woods Animal Hospital where she is still currently employed. Her interest in training and behavior began here and grew into a full time passion. In 2015 Jessica received her dog training certification through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers. She also returned to school at Canisius College where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Animal Behavior, Ecology, and Conservation in 2017. Jessica is a member of the Society of Veterinary Behavior Technicians and a supporting member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants.