Instructor: Trisha Rettig
One of the hardest things for dog owners to do is properly socialize their dogs! It’s a careful balance between exposing your dog to the things that they will encounter in daily life and as a performance dog, and making sure to not overwhelm them. This class is designed to cover all aspects of socialization ranging from the needs of those not planning to do dog sports to people who want to compete in multiple venues. This course is not aimed at a specific sport, but rather provides an outline that can be customized for all participants. In this class we focus on how to introduce dogs to people and environments without magnetizing them and teaching them how to work in distracting areas.
Week 1 – Getting Started with Socialization
Learn the basics, what goes into properly socializing a dog, learn about thresholds, and how to get started with engagement
Week 2 – Making Sure it Goes Right
How to set yourself up for success, what gear might help you succeed, how to meet people and dogs
Week 3 – Let’s get OUT!
Working in new and difficult areas, how to pick areas to work in, potty on cue
Week 4 – Setting the Stage for the Future
Plan for your dog’s future, calm crate and show behavior