Puppy Socialisation Classes



All animals, including dogs, have a special sensitive period at the start of their lives. During this time, they learn to accept things around them so that they are not afraid of them later in life. In puppies, this window of opportunity closes at about 12-16 weeks of age. Anything that is encountered during this time will be tolerated, even enjoyed. After the window closes, unfamiliar people, objects and experiences are approached with caution and may become fearful, which could ultimately lead to aggression.

dreamstime_m_19251236b.jpgPuppy socialisation involves meeting and having pleasant encounters with many adults, children, dogs (puppies and adults), particularly during this sensitive period of their lives and then continuing until adulthood. During this process, they will also need to get used to a wide range of events, environments and situations.

The most common cause of fear and aggression is lack of socialisation. A puppy does not have to be miss-treated to become afraid of people or new experiences. Good socialisation is the best way to ensure a friendly, well-adjusted puppy.


Here at Ashby Road Veterinary Group we are committed to offering the best possible preventative health care and early experiences for your new puppy. If your puppy has received it’s vaccinations at any of our practices you will receive an invitation to attend our puppy parties FOR FREE. These are extremely popular and are run by our experienced and qualified Veterinary Nurses, Gemma Rollinson and Jo Edley every Tuesday night over 4 weeks at or Ashby Road Surgery. Give your puppy the ideal start in life to becoming happy and well-adjusted members of the family.