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Why Nursery School WORKS for Puppies
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Why Nursery School WORKS for Puppies

Early socialization is an essential component of any new pup's training.  It helps them become well-balanced, allows them to practice pro-social behavior and exposes them to countless sights, sounds, people, places and things.  Finding places and events where groups of pups can be together for play can be challenging, as can figuring out what to do with your new pup while you're at work.  Five years ago, I designed a business plan to meet JUST those needs for pups and their owners!  Here at Dances With Dogs, we specialize in providing a host of important learning opportunities just for puppies during their first few months with their new families.  Watch the accompanying video for a taste of a typical day for the pups in our playground.

Puppies best learn social skills in a carefully-supervised group, interacting with others of a mix of breeds, sizes and shapes...but of similar age.  Puppies are more forgiving and tolerant and also more energetic than most adult dogs, so it's safer to test things out with their peers.  They learn to soften their bites and play gently through the feedback and signals they receive from each other during play.  While students here at DWD, the pups also practice basic obedience.  They learn to control their voices (no bark) and learn to "wait" before going through doorways and gates, to "sit" before receiving attention/snacks and to stay calm and non-reactive when people come and go from the school.  Our playground was designed to provide many different surfaces for new paws to encounter and we also socialize them to things like the vacuum cleaner, leaf blower and hose, as well as to raking, sweeping and shoveling so that they learn to stay calm and non-reactive when owners perform household duties.  Puppies also learn to cope with being away from their humans for the day.  We keep them very busy and active and they go home tired and happy!  

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