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Puppy Parties

Puppy Socialisation

The first 16 weeks of the puppies life are what is known as the "Human Socialisation Period". This is the time when you really need to introduce your puppy to as many things as possible. Learning at this age is permanent so this is a perfect time to start training. This is also the ideal time to introduce the puppy to things that will play an important part in his/her life. The puppy should be handled gently and positively by different people especially children. You should go to strange places, meet other animals, road noises, trains, buses, and the hustle and bustle of the outdoors. You can also introduce various sounds such as the vacuum cleaner, washing machine, and lawn mower, All these new sounds should be introduced in a positive, non-threatening way.

What Happens at a Puppy Party?

Puppy parties at Ashlands Veterinary Centre are largely informal, hosted by one of our qualified Veterinary Nurses. They cover a range of topics including:

  • Flea & Worm prevention
  • Diet
  • Travel
  • Socialisation
  • Toilet Training
  • Positive Re-enforcement
  • Lead/Harness training
  • Neutering
  • Identichipping
  • Vaccinations

The puppy parties run for a course of 3 meetings, on Thursdays from 6:00pm. The parties last for approximately 30 minutes. During the sessions the puppies meet and greet each other and the nurse will go through a selection of the topics mentioned. The nurse will also be available to answer any specific questions you may have.

How do I Join a Puppy Party?

To join simply contact the Ilkley surgery on 01943 817000 or the Skipton Surgery on 01756 636999. We will be happy to book your puppy in so long as your puppy is:

  • 5 months or younger
  • had their 1st vaccination.

After you and your puppy have attended all 3 sessions, you will receive an information pack.