Getting a new puppy can be one of the most exhilarating experiences in the world. Learning how to manage a new puppy can be one of the most exasperating and exhausting experiences in the world. The "puppy professors" at the Animal Behavior Wellness program at Colorado State University’s Argus Institute are launching a series of free puppy socialization seminars designed to help owners learn the language and rules of "puppydom."
The first puppy party is scheduled from 12-1 p.m. Nov. 5 in the Stock Judging Pavilion on Colorado State campus. Participation requires that puppies be between 2-5 months of age and proof of current vaccinations for their age must be provided. All puppies should be on leashes and owners should come prepared with a bag of treats to reward their young charges for the new skills they will learn. Participants will be given packets of information, including guidelines on how to help their puppies learn at each stage of development.
"It’s very important to learn early in the relationship how to communicate with this amazing little puppy who will be sharing your life," said Julia Brannan, DVM, and coordinator of the Animal Behavior Wellness Program. "As puppies, dogs need to be taught good manners, how to play well with others, respect for their elders and, most importantly, who is leader of the pack. This early training helps puppies to mature into happy, well-adjusted dogs who will be wonderful lifetime companions."
Sharing the learning experience in a group environment is fun for both puppies and their human companions. Participants can develop a network with other "puppy families" and share experiences and resources.
The Animal Behavior Wellness Program at Colorado State’s Argus Institute addresses animal behavior issues proactively and acts as a resource in the event that problem behaviors arise.
The Argus Institute sponsors education and direct support programs to help families build stronger bonds with veterinarians and with their pets.