Humane Society Silicon Valley Presents Puppy Socials, where there’s a party for every puppy! Join us each week for trainer-supervised playtime where puppies learn important play skills through socialization.
Join Humane Society Silicon Valley (HSSV) for some trainer-supervised fun! Your puppy will learn important play skills and bite inhibition that they can take with them into their adult lives, as well as exposure to environmental stimulus to help build confidence, assist in development and prevent fearful behavior in adulthood!
Puppies are in a critical stage of development between the ages of 6 weeks and 5 months old. They need LOTS of exposure to all the things they may come into contact with in their lives. During this age range they are able to take in lots of new experiences, sights, sounds and accept them with some level of ease. Meet new people and dogs, they are naturally curious and often very friendly. After about 5 – 6 months old puppies aren’t as open to new experiences and aren’t as willing to try new things. If they haven’t been sufficiently exposed to different experiences at a young age they may be frightened by people they don’t know, or dogs they haven’t met. New sounds or everyday objects may frighten them. We will help you start that exposure in a safe controlled environment. Learn more about the importance of early puppy socialization from the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior.
Fee: $10 cash at the door. No registration necessary.
Space is limited, late arrivals may not be admitted. Please arrive on time. First come first served.
Where: Humane Society Silicon Valley Training Room, 901 Ames Ave, Milpitas, CA
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During your first social we will help determine what group your puppy best fits into so that we can help pair your puppy with the right playmates! Your puppy may start out as a wallflower and turn into a party animal after a few weeks! If not, that's totally OK too, some pups prefer to stay on the sidelines and observe.
*Please note: First timers attending HSSV puppy socials ARE REQUIRED to attend the 10am puppy social.
We will also work on introductions to new objects, sights and sounds in a fun and safe environment so that your puppy can gain confidence. Owners will learn how to introduce puppies to new things slowly and how to read body language to help determine when and how to best push our puppies to try new things! This will help your puppies to grow into confident adult dogs!
Puppies must be 8 – 18 weeks of age OR currently enrolled in a Humane Society Silicon Valley's Beginning Puppy Training Class when they attend their first social.
Puppies may continue to attend past 18 weeks, as long as they remain social and maintain regular attendance (based on trainer discretion)
Bring vaccination records with you to your first social. Puppies must have age appropriate vaccinations at all times! Puppies over 18 weeks require Rabies & Bordetella Vaccinations in addition to all DHPP vaccinations.
Puppies without vaccination records will not be admitted. We are unable to access records for puppies adopted from HSSV. You must bring copies of your pup’s vaccination records with you.
First timers attending HSSV puppy socials ARE REQUIRED to attend at the 10am puppy social.
Puppy Socials are not a place to work on behavioral issues such as resource guarding, aggression, etc.. This is intended to be a safe place for socialization of friendly pups. Trainers are qualified to and reserve the right to excuse any puppy from the social for any reason.
Please email DogTraining@hssv.org or call 408-262-2133 x352.