Puppy Play Socialization
During our puppy socializing time, your puppy will socialize with other puppies, with people, work on bite inhibition, learn what is appropriate play and how to read other puppies’ body language when they need a break. We will also work on confidence, handling skills and guide you in how to socialize your puppy outside of the classroom. Additionally, we will guide you in how to call your puppy back to you and then send them back to play.
Puppies are welcome to join from 10 weeks of age and must have their age appropriate vaccinations up-to-date. This class does not substitute Basic Obedience. We highly recommend enrolling in our 5 Week Pawlite Paws – Basic Obedience class.
Our Puppy Play is on a drop-in basis. Each session is 55 minutes and your attendance does not have to be consecutive. Unfortunately, we cannot replace lost punch cards. For entry to the Puppy Play, each person must bring their punch card to every session. If you forget your punch card, it is possible to purchase a single puppy play for $15 at the beginning of the session.
Our puppy playtime is split into two groups:
- SHY PUPPIES (up to 6 months old) Sundays at 8am – 8:55am
- CONFIDENT PUPPIES (up to 6 months old) Sundays at 10:05am – 11am
Skipping the following dates in 2023: 1.15, 1.22, 3.5, 4.2, 4.9, 4.23, 5.28, 7.2, 7.23, 9.3, 10.15, 11.26, 12.24
To join our Puppy Play Socialization, please either register for class below (payment not required at this time) OR contact us directly through our contact form so that we can send you a detailed email that also includes our waiver and vaccination requirements.
COST: $65 for a 5-pack of drop-in sessions. On your first session, you will receive a punch card for future sessions.
LOCATION: 18325 E Girard Ave, Aurora, CO 80013
Puppy Play FAQs
After purchasing a 5-session pack, you are welcome to attend the appropriate puppy play session for your dog (based on size and age).
Upon arrival the first day, please let us know so you will receive a punch card for 5 sessions. Please keep your card and bring it to every puppy play session so our trainer can sign your card. We can’t keep track of how many sessions you have left and therefore can’t replace any lost or stolen cards.
You don’t have to show up for 5 consecutive weeks and you can even attend puppy play on the different days of the week that we offer them.
Once your 5 punches are up, you are welcome to purchase another card.
This is not a drop off class. You should stay with your dog as you are an integral part of helping your dog to learn. Please bring treats to puppy play to reward your puppy’s good behaviors.
We run are Puppy Plays in conjunction with our Obedience classes.
Additionally, if we skip a week for a holiday, we will announce that on our FB page and your trainer will announce any upcoming breaks in advance in class.
If you are not sure, please contact us a few days ahead via email or phone. (We can’t guarantee same day response.)
First, please either register for puppy play above (payment not required to complete registration) OR contact us through our contact form so that we can send you a detailed email about puppy play, what to bring and what to expect.
However, in summary, you will need to bring your puppy’s current vaccination records that are up-to-date with their age appropriate vaccines (or email them no less than 24 hours prior to class), a signed waiver, your pup’s favorite treats and payment (check or cash) if a payment was not completed online 24 hours prior to class.
Smaller puppy play group is designed for younger puppies and/or smaller breeds. Usually we graduate the puppies to bigger puppy play group once they are 6 months old, or even a little younger for bigger breeds. We also go on a case by case basis and take into account the puppy’s personality and energy level when deciding when it is time to switch to bigger puppy play.
Your trainer can let you know when it is time for your puppy to attend bigger puppy play. If you have any questions regarding which group your puppy should start with, simply send us an email and let us know how old they are and how much your puppy weighs and we will let you know which class will be better.
Once you switch between puppy plays, you can keep using the same punch card.
We usually have anywhere from 4 to 15 puppies in Puppy Socialization.
Early socialization is essential for the healthy growth of your puppy and is crucial in preventing behavioral issues in the future. It’s been a debate between veterinarians for decades whether to start socialization earlier or to wait until the puppy has received vaccines. However, it has been the wide-spread opinion that it’s better for puppies to be socialized as soon as possible. According to the AVSAB (American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior), the first three months is the primary window of opportunity for puppies to adapt to new people, animals, and experiences and it is in the first 3 months that sociability outweighs fear.
With that being said, it is very important for us that all puppies are safe while socializing and building confidence. Here is what we do to ensure this:
-We require that puppies are up to date on their age appropriate vaccines before they can attend puppy play.
-We also spray the play area with Top Performance 256 (which eliminates more than 50 viruses, including canine influenza, canine parvovirus and giardia) in order to disinfect and deodorize the play area.