Welcome Puppy Parents! Your puppy's behavioral wellness begins here. At our socials, you can expect an action-packed experience that combines play and socialization during the most critical period for your pup. You can also expect to have a tired, enriched dog for the rest of the day.
Our group runs on a pay-what-you-can basis. What you chip in helps to offset the costs of running the groups - which include paying our staff to set up for and referee the play, treats, equipment, administrative costs, and software fees. The suggested amount is between $15-20. You can pay (by credit card only) here: http://www.dogstokevin.com/store/p97/puppysocialsknoxville.html
A COPY OF YOUR DOG'S CURRENT VACCINATION RECORDS ARE REQUIRED TO BE PERMITTED INTO THE GROUP; NO EXCEPTIONS.
At ADGTK we use reward-based training. We will use food to reward the right behaviors, and to create positive associations for your puppy, so please bring his favorite treats with you.
We encourage you to interact with your puppy and the other puppies. Practice calling your puppy out of play and give them a treat. Practice luring your pup on and through different objects and reward. Help teach other puppies sitting in front of people earns them a treat. You can also practice basic behaviors your puppy knows. These opportunities are about so much more than play!
Your puppy should enter the play area on-leash and not interact with other puppies until an ADGTK staff member instructs you to un-hook the leash.
If your puppy is shy or uneasy, he may hide under a chair. It is very important to let him “vote with his feet” and come out when he is ready. Attempting to coax or force him out will only make his fear worse.
If we say, “grab a puppy!” it is because there has been an accident and ADGTK staff needs to clean it up. Please grab the puppy nearest to you and give him a treat for the collar grab; this will teach him to enjoy being “captured” and restrained. Please do not allow puppies to interact when restrained.
Treats should be kept in your treat pouch, out of sight. If two dogs approach for treats, use treats in both hands and spread hands wide to help separate the two dogs as they receive rewards. If multiple dogs approach, simply withdraw treats and walk away.
If giving attention to a dog and another dog approaches, stand up and withdraw attention to avoid either dog competing for human attention. If needed start walking to help encourage the dogs to keep moving and thereby diffuse tension.
This group is for anyone who is looking to provide a fun and safe way to socialize their puppy that is between 8-20 weeks of age!