Puppy Playgroup is a 40-minute trainer-supervised play time with other puppies and its people in a safe and positive environment. Early puppyhood is a critical time for socialisation & learning, but finding a safe environment and similar-age pups for healthy and appropriate interaction is difficult.
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Our classes are small with a maximum of 6 puppies to ensure puppies and puppy owners receive lots of attention.
Developing good social skills is essential so your pup can have the best possible start growing into an adult dog that can walk down the street happily and enjoy off leash play with other dogs in safe environments.
During play time, you will see various behaviours including chasing, rolling about, wrestling, play-growling (and other play vocalization), yelping or barking (which may say “back off”) and other behaviours. These behaviours are ways to communicate when your pup was with littermates and will continue and evolve throughout their life stages. Puppies have a variety or personalities and play styles, not every pup will like each other. They have preferences and some are more compatible than others. However, in general puppies are very open to interaction and social learning with other puppies.
One of the most important social skills is resilience, it is the ability to adapt and bounce back from a slightly stressful situation. Puppies will face stress in their life at some stage (e.g. hospital visit, grooming, air travel, etc). Therefore, it is important to develop resilience and impulse or self-control.
Puppy Play Groups are like pre-schools. Some pups are social butterflies; they might even be so enthusiastic that other pups choose not to interact with them. Other pups are a bit more cautious, and need time and space before they choose to start interacting. They might at first choose to hide under a chair and watch the other pups play.
Wherever your puppy starts off on the socialisation spectrum, trainer supervised puppy play groups are a essential part of learning to be comfortable with other dogs and with people outside of their home. The over the top enthusiastic puppy will benefit from learning to modify and tone down their interactions, and the more reserved pup will become familiar with and more confident in regards to playing with other dogs.
Who can attend Puppy Playgroup?
Healthy Puppies 2-4 months old; who has received the first DHLPP/ DHP vaccination (particularly on Distemper, Hepatitis and Parvovirus) puppies can start group class 7 days after the first DHLPP/ DHP vaccination.
Puppies that has no moderate-serious behaviour problem
Puppies that has started appropriate parasite prevention (heartworm, intestinal worm, flea & tick)
We follow the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior’s recommendations regarding socializing and training puppies as it relates to their vaccine schedule.