Socialisation is an essential part of a puppy’s development and holding the classes in the surgery environment also ensures that they become familiar with the staff, sights and smells of the veterinary environment. This can be invaluable when the puppy needs to return to the surgery for more unpleasant reasons!
Puppies attend the classes from 8 weeks of age and can attend for 3 sessions. The puppy must have received his/her first vaccination before starting the course and be in full health. To maintain safety as much as possible, all surgery floors are thoroughly disinfected prior to the start of the class.
Each owner receives our socialisation handbook at the start of the course which contains plenty of hints and tips including a checklist of new experiences we recommend all puppies encounter during this formative phase.
The classes are held on Monday evenings from 6.45 - 7.30 pm and are supervised by a member of the nursing team and a receptionist. The puppies have ‘free play’ for most of the session, allowing them to interact with each other and explore the waiting room and consulting area. The opportunity can be taken to use the scales and record bodyweight – useful to chart progress and for accurate dosing of wormers and flea treatment.
Every 3rd week we are joined by qualified dog behaviourist, Sam Grice, who will answer any questions you may have.
Each week a different preventative health care topic is discussed at the start of the session and owners are welcome to ask any questions they may have. Recent topics have been dietary advice, worming information, microchipping and neutering.
We recommend furthering all puppies education after the completion of the socialisation course and can point owners in the right direction by providing contact details of local dog training courses suitable for older puppies.
Please call us on (01622) 736677 to book your place, we look forward to seeing you!