DIY Socialization


DIY Puppy Socialization is a more flexible option for those who want to learn how to provide optimal puppy socialization, without the four week commitment of a class. In this one time session, we teach you everything you need to know to provide rewarding puppy socialization experiences. We help you use this knowledge to create a personalized socialization plan that works for you and your puppy!


Want a puppy play date or two in a safe space? Sign up on our Pawsitive Playtime List to be contacted about play dates! (we require proof of age appropriate vaccinations and a signed puppy health screening form of all participants in our classes or play times). Please see our FAQs page for more details.


You will learn:

  • About the primary socialization period in dogs.

  • How to interpret dog body language.

  • How to assess your puppy's basic temperament.

  • How to provide optimal puppy socialization experiences.

  • How to create a socialization plan tailored to your puppy's temperament.

You will receive:


  • Digital socialization resources such as our "Four Pillars of Socialization", "Socialization Rules of the Road", and "Socialization Checklist - Week 1".

  • A list of recommended locations for socialization in the Georgetown area.

  • The opportunity to check out a puppy stroller to use for up to four weeks (a security deposit of $80 is required, $70 of which is refundable upon return of the stroller without damage or excessive wear).

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In this video, puppies Mando and Cash are demonstrating optimal puppy play behaviors. Both pups have relaxed body language, and interact with each other in a polite manner. It's not uncommon for one or more puppies in a play group to be higher energy than others, or to display pushy, rude, or dominating behaviors. For this reason, we organize play groups into puppies of similar age and size, and we closely monitor all interactions to ensure all puppies are playing appropriately. When necessary, we use toys or food to re-direct puppies away from play. 

Did you know that there are also ways to get your puppy socialized to other dogs without direct interactions?