Puppy Socialization Classes

In central Halifax, NS

Who

Puppies who are 7-16 weeks old, that have had their first set of vaccines at least 10 days prior to the start of class.

When

Time: 5-6pm on Tuesdays

Dates: Starting in May, 2023.

Our classes work on a 4-week rolling schedule because we want to get your puppy in class as soon as possible!

Limited space available; we only take 4-6 puppies per class. More class times may be added if/when there is an overflow of puppies.

Where

At the Halifax Lutheran Church on the corner of Windsor and Allen Street, 2096 Windsor St, Halifax, NS B3K 5B1.

The building in wheelchair accessible through the entrance on Allen Street. There is street parking on Allen Street and the surrounding streets.

Fee

$120 for 4 weeks. A $50 deposit is required to hold your spot in the class.

Register Now

Fill out the registration form to register your puppy for socialization class

What is Socialization

and why is it so important?

The American Veterinary Medical Association defines socialization as “the process of preparing a dog or cat to enjoy interactions and be comfortable with other animals, people, places and activities”. Socialization is important because it can prevent behavioural issues such as fear and aggression. Behavioural issues are the number 1 reason that dogs are surrendered to shelters!

The first 3 months of a puppies life are the best time to socialize them in positive and safe situations. Puppy socialization classes provide these safe environments and teach puppy parents how to continue the socialization process. The American Veterinary Society of Animal Behaviour recommends prioritizing safe and positive socialization even though puppies are not yet fully vaccinated.

Yellow Lab puppy

We cover:

  • Meeting people
  • Meeting other puppies
  • Handling (for vet visits, nail trims, brushing, etc.)
  • Navigating obstacles, walking on different surfaces, climbing on safe objects.
  • Basic commands (sit, down, loose leash walking)
  • Recall

Puppy parents learn:

  • The fundamentals of socializing your puppy
  • How to use classical conditioning, desensitization and positive reinforcement and a clicker
  • How to read their puppy’s body language
  • What is healthy puppy play and when is it time to step in,
  • How to advocate for your puppy

Download the following helpful free resources

Puppy Socialization Checklist

Puppy Potty Schedule

AVSAB Position Statement on Puppy Socialization

Have questions?

We’d be happy to answer them!

More about your trainer

I am a certified Puppy Start Right Instructor through the Karen Pryor Academy. You can learn more about me here.

Can’t Make it to Classes or Want Even More Socialization?

We offer socialization outings and training for anyone who can’t make it to classes or who wants extra training and socialization for their puppy by a professional dog trainer.