All of our puppy programs come with the opportunity to attend the Puppy Power Hour playgroup for puppies 16 weeks and under. They are held in Millarville at 101 Millarville Landing, Millarville AB Saturdays at 1pm. There is no additional cost while you are in a training program with us. Each play group is 1 hour long.
My puppy only has one set of vaccinations. Can we still attend?
Yes, puppies can attend anywhere from 9 - 16 weeks of age with only
one set of vaccinations. Maintaining that vaccination schedule is
important, but early socialization is critical. See what the AVSAB position
statement on early socialization here.
What precautions do you take to ensure a clean environment?
We use a Quaternary sanitizer designed for animal care operations to
sanitize the room prior to class and we recommend puppies that aren’t
fully vaccinated be carried into the room. Puppies display signs of ill health
will be asked to be signed off by a vet before continuing classes.
What will we learn in this class?
Unlike basic obedience, socialization has a very limited time frame that puppy parents are up against. The critical window for socialization ends somewhere between 12-16 weeks of age for puppies. After that it becomes more difficult for puppies to accept novel situations and experiences. Skills like learning appropriate play, handicapping, and polite greetings is something all puppies should learn during this time. Owners are encouraged to work on any skills they want to with the distraction of a class environment. Your puppy will experience novelty, learn polite greetings, and you will learn what is and what is not "good" play and behaviour. You are also encouraged to ask any questions you have on any problems you are encountering. This class basically sets the stage for them to be confident explorers in any environment.
How many puppies are there in a class?
We limit the class size to10 (depending on venue) to ensure that each puppy feels safe. Because it is a drop in class we typically have anywhere between 3-10 puppies. Having attended puppy socials that were too over crowded with our own puppies years ago, we want to make sure that there is enough staff on for the puppies so that everyone has their needs met. We also bring some of our adult dogs into the group to help teach puppies play manners and build resilience with being appropriately told off.
My puppy is very nervous. How do I make sure they are not bullied?
Unlike other socialization classes, we do not allow bullying and encourage puppy parents to hold their puppy until they are ready to get down and join in the fun. We have pens that we can set up so your puppy can experience the play from safety and join when they are ready. Above all we do not want your puppy to be having negative experiences during this developmental period and we want them to discover the joys of other dogs and new experiences at a pace that makes them feel confident and safe.