The "puppy professors" at the Animal Behavior Wellness program at Colorado State University’s Argus Institute will host the second in a series of free puppy socialization seminars designed to help pups and their owners through basic training.
The second puppy party is 12-1 p.m. Dec. 3 in the Stock Judging Pavilion at 351 West Pitkin St. on Colorado State’s campus. Participation requires that puppies be between 2-6 months of age and must have proof of vaccination. 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 grow and learn at each stage of development.
"This second seminar will be a building block for those who attended the first one, but shouldn’t prohibit newcomers. In fact, we welcome new puppies," said Julia Brannan, DVM at the Animal Behavior Wellness program. "Puppies need to be taught good manners, how to play well with others, respect their elders and, most importantly, they need to know who is leader of the pack."
Sharing learning experiences in a group environment is fun for both puppies and their human companions, Brannan said. 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 in a proactive way 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.