What could be better?
The only thing we can think of is a room full of trainer-supervised puppies learning good life habits while their moms and dads ooh and ahh. Hey! Sounds like an SF Puppy Prep Puppy Social!
If a room full of puppies isn’t argument enough, here are some additional reasons to attend puppy socials:
And not just for the pups. Puppy social hour is likely to be the highlight of your entire week.
Socialization, socialization, socialization!
While your puppy plays, she’s learning successful social skills to take with her into adulthood.
A tired puppy is an easy puppy
Socials manage your puppy’s pep. An hour of dedicated romping with her mates will leave you with a sweet, relaxed cuddle pup.
You’re not alone
Socials are a great opportunity to swap puppy-raising war stories, chat with a trainer, and meet other cool dog lovers.
Socials are for:
- Puppies aged 9-18 weeks and their people
- Pups must have veterinary proof of at least one set of DHLPP, Bordetella and Canine Influenza vaccinations and a wellness check at least one week prior to their first social. Learn more on our “About Socialization” tab
- Pups must live in their new home for at least one week before their first social
- Tuesdays 7:15-8:15pm
- Fridays 6:00-7:00pm
- Sundays 10:30-11:30am
- $15 for one social (Cash only please)
Ready to play?
Just come join us. No pre-registration required. But do be sure to read the What To Bring & Know tab.
Heading our way?
Here’s where all the fun takes place:
251 6th St, SF 94103 (between Folsom & Howard)
What To Bring To Socials
A healthy puppy!
Puppies are easy targets for common canine colds and pesky parasites. We strive to maintain a healthy environment for puppies. Please help us by always conducting a quick Puppy Wellness Check before you come to each social. Look for these symptoms:
- Runny nose or eyes
- Listlessness or lack of energy
If your puppy has any of these symptoms, please check her with your vet before coming to play.
- A 5-6 foot leash, with your puppy attached
- A water bowl (we don’t share those to prevent the spread of common puppy diseases)
- Yummy treats
- A copy of your puppy’s vaccination records showing at least 1 set of the DHLPP (puppy parvo) series, 1 Bordetella and 1 set of the Canine Influenza series
What To Know About Socials
Rules & Policies
- SF Puppy Prep maintains the right to disallow any puppy from attending any social for any reason.
- Puppies must appear healthy and parasite-free.
- Owners are responsible for the behavior of their puppies.
- Staff will ask you to monitor your pup for specific behaviors and interrupt them when they occur.
- You must stay in the room with and keep eyes on your puppy at all times.
And last but not least, we insist that you have fun!
A well-socialized puppy = A well-adjusted adult dog
You got a puppy partly because they’re really cute. But mostly because you look forward to the companionship of a friendly, easy-going, behaviorally healthy dog. Socialization is how you get from cute now to cool later.
What is socialization, exactly?
Think of it as a behavioral vaccination. Your puppy gets shots to avoid parvo, rabies, and other nasty bugs. Puppy socialization helps avoid fear and aggression-related behavioral problems in adult dogs.
But my puppy is so friendly!
Puppies are hard-wired to be curious, easy-going, and open to new experiences. Unfortunately those traits have an expiration date. The socialization window closes around 18 weeks, and then their built-in software tells puppies and the adult dogs they become to be wary of anything new or different.
What can I do?
Give your puppy as many positive life experiences as possible, while she’s young and open to new things. Anything you want her to be relaxed about—meeting all kinds of new people, dogs, other animals, encountering all kinds of city sights and sounds—it all needs to happen now.
How we can help
Our Puppy Socials, Puppy Classes, and Puppy Day School daycare program go a long way toward helping with this rather large and important task. And we can teach you how to get the rest done while having some good fun.
I need to know more!
Here are expert resources on puppy socialization:
The American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior Statement on Puppy Socialization (download)
Share this paper with your veterinarian! Did you know the risk of a dog dying from a behavior problem (via euthanasia or shelter surrender) is far greater than the risk of dying by contracting a disease from another puppy?