Socialising your puppy and helping them become a confident and well-adjusted adult is one of the most important things you can do for them.
Just like us, animals need early exposure to their environment so they can adjust to their surroundings and understand the meaning of correct social behaviour.
A lack of socialisation can lead to your puppy becoming anxious or nervous – and could even lead to long-term behavioural problems.
All animals have a window of time (3–16 weeks) where they are most open to socialisation. During this time, they learn to accept new things around them so they are not afraid later in life.
Puppy parties are a fun and informative way for you to meet with other puppies and their owners in a safe environment. It is the perfect time to socialise your pet and get them used to other puppies and people.
Most of our practices host their own puppy parties – use our handy online practice finder tool to see if your local Medivet practice will be hosting a puppy party anytime soon.
Puppy parties at Medivet take place on a four week rolling rota. When there is enough interest at your local Medivet practice, the team will let you know which day of the week they will be hosting puppy parties; they usually take place in the evening on a weekday.
Each session lasts for one hour and, across the four weeks, the veterinary nursing team will cover a variety of topics, including how to handle your puppy, how to train them, and the importance of vaccinations, medication, and insurance.
When you and your puppy attend a party, you will be advised to bring a bed for your puppy to sit on, along with your puppy’s favourite (and indestructible) toy. You will also need to bring a collar/harness and a lead.
Yes – all puppies will need to have had their initial vaccination course before attending a puppy party. We strongly recommend vaccinating your puppy to prevent them from contracting a variety of serious (sometimes fatal) illnesses.
Is your puppy vaccinated? Guess what?! You can get your puppy vaccinations free when you sign them up to our Medivet Healthcare Plan*.
Once your puppy graduates, your puppy will be awarded with a certificate to say they completed socialisation training.
We advise that you continue taking your puppy to training classes to continue with their training and socialisation once you and your puppy have completed the puppy parties. Your local veterinary team will be able to advise if there are any training classes within your local area.
Remember, social training doesn’t end after the early years – it’s a lifelong lesson!
If you would like further information or advice, please contact your local Medivet practice – our friendly team will be more than happy to assist you.
Posted January 26, 2016 in Pet Care Advice