Puppy Drop-In

This Is For You If…

Your puppy is 16 weeks or younger, and has NOT already received all their vaccination boosters. (Read twice: NOT, as in not fully vaccinated – this service is to provide early socialization experiences to puppies without complete vaccinations)

What Is It

30-minute sessions where young puppies will be carefully exposed to one another in a safe environment for controlled socialization and exposure to other puppies and people.


Why It’s Important

To reduce the likelihood of a puppy growing up and developing fear, anxiety, or aggression problems, it is important that prior to complete vaccinations, the puppy must have a rich socialization history. A well-run puppy socialization class is a key component of that.

Puppies without complete vaccination should not be taken to dog parks or dog daycares mixed with adult dogs. Therefore, a puppy socialization class with strict age limitations in a sanitized environment is a crucial component to early socialization towards a variety of breeds of dogs.

The American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior believes it should be the standard of care for puppies to receive such socialization before they are fully vaccinated.

In 2008, the AVSAB released a position statement urging veterinarians to encourage clients to enroll in Puppy Start Right classes prior to 3 months of age. Download their position statement here.

Do not wait till your puppy has received all their boosters, or else they will likely be too old to participate in our program.

“Given the fact that behavior problems are the No. 1 cause of relinquishment to shelters, along with the fact that 56% of dogs that enter shelters in the United States are euthanized, and that puppy classes help prevent behavior problems and increase the likelihood of retention in the home, there must be evidence of phenomenal risk of infectious disease transmission associated with early socialization classes to warrant holding puppies back. And there is no such evidence to date. In fact, renowned behaviorist Dr. R. K. Anderson, a longtime advocate for early socialization, has more than a decade of experience and data supporting the relative safety and lack of disease transmission in puppy socialization classes in many parts of the United States.

When?

7:50PM on Fridays

Where?

Baby D’s Home Daycare and Grooming at 29 West Broadway, Vancouver

Program Tuition:

Free of Charge