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Socialization Sessons (and Distraction Proofing Opportunity)
   The industry term for exposing dogs to other dogs and humans is know as Socialization. Most people think that socialization is only important for puppies. The truth is that while socializing puppies is indeed crucial to helping a puppy develop into a well-rounded social canine companion, dogs should be continually socialized throughout their lives. Socialization helps dogs maintain their social skills, and helps prevent them from becoming anti-social and developing phobias. Even humans regularly participate in socialized activities. Those that don't often become reclusive, and some even develop conditions such as Agoraphobia. In the dog world, being anti-social also sets the stage for fearful and aggressive behavior.
   This white paper published by the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior (AVSAB) emphasizes the importance of proper socialization for dogs. As veterinarians, the AVSAB knows how fragile puppies' immune systems are, yet they maintain that socialization should be incorporated into a dog's life beginning at a very young age - even before a puppy has had all of its vaccinations. That statement alone clearly demonstrates how important socialization truly is. Click on the document to the left to read the AVSAB's position on socialization - it may take a moment to load, but it's definitely worth the wait!

   As trainers with over 30 years of experience working with dogs, we've developed socialization strategies to help give dogs the very best chance at learning and maintaining appropriate social behavior, as well as aim to help them not develop phobias and anxieties. These strategies include sessions in which we intermingle dogs of all ages.

   Unlike typical socialization "play-dates", as trainers we build structure into our Socialization Sessions, as well as mix education into them in such a way that the dogs don't even realize they're learning.

   Even if your dog is already well-socialized, our Socialization Sessions provide great opportunities to work on training exercises amidst distraction. In fact, some of our clients attend these sessions for this reason alone.

   We recognize that some attendees may not yet have all their vaccinations, so we host these sessions in our facility inside a pet hospital building, which we sanitize regularly. Of course, we also screen the dogs that attend to help ensure that they are all healthy and not potentially aggressive.

   If you would like to attend one of our Socialization Sessions and have a healthy dog that has not previously displayed aggressive behavior, click here to register for one of our sessions.*

   If you are unsure as to whether or not your dog qualifies to attend a Socialization Session, click here to contact us and we'll gladly help you with an assessment.

* Please note that proof of up-to-date vaccinations are required for new attendees. If you've already attended one of our Socialization Sessions or have done training with us, please disregard this note.

If you’re tired of this…


…and would rather be doing this…



…or better yet, this…


Contact us today!

321 Iron Point Rd.
Folsom, CA 95630
2201 Francisco Dr.
Suite 140-102
El Dorado Hills, CA 95762

Feel free to ask to see a demo and we'll show you an example of a dog who has learned to Heel, Sit, Stay, Come, etc. off-leash, in the face of distraction anywhere in the real world (not just some training area), including at a dog park with other dogs running around like maniacs!


Quick appointments available for Sacramento and surrounding areas including Fair Oaks, Citrus Heights, Rancho Cordova, Granite Bay, Roseville, Loomis, Folsom, El Dorado Hills, Cameron Park, Shingle Springs, Placerville, Lake Tahoe and more. We are available for travel to other areas of California and Nevada on a case by case basis. Contact us for details.