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Case Fall Puppy Social

September 4, 2014

Submitted by Lisa A. Yackel, CVPM, PHR
Hospital Adminstrator at Case Veterinary Hospital

Calling all puppies between the ages of 9 weeks and 6 months of age!
On Tuesday, September 9th, 2014, Case Veterinary Hospital will host another of its quarterly Puppy Socials. We will start at 6:30pm and end at 7:30pm. Several of our hospital healthcare team members will be there as well as Kevin Ray,B.S.Ed., CPDT-KA ,ACDBC,VSPDT, a Certified Behavior Consultant.
Did you know behavior problems are the number one cause of relinquishment of dogs to shelters? Another very disturbing statistic: over half the dogs entering shelters in the U.S. will be euthanized. It’s a well-known fact that puppy classes help prevent behavior problems and increase the likelihood a dog will become a great pet and lifelong companion.
We feel it is important to give puppies opportunities to come together to learn to be in different environments, to be surrounded by different people, and to have opportunities to be around other puppies. It is a fun time but an educational one as well. This is an article excerpt from Dr. Marty Becker on the subject:
“Socialization means exposing your puppy to as many new people, animals, environments and other stimuli as possible without overwhelming him. Over-stimulation of a young puppy can result in excessive fear, withdrawal or avoidance behavior, so knowing how much is enough is important.
A properly socialized puppy is:
• Handled from birth and learns to accept touching of all body parts
• Exposed to as many people, other animals, places and situations as possible
• Encouraged to explore and investigate his environment
• Allowed to experience a variety of toys and games, surfaces and other stimuli
• Brought along often on car rides to new environments with his owner
Proper socialization will engage all of your puppy’s senses through exposure to the sights, sounds and smells of day-to-day life. This exposure will desensitize and condition your pup so that he develops a comfort level with different and new situations. Socialization also helps you train your young dog to handle new experiences and challenges with acceptable, appropriate behavior.”
We hope you are able to make it. The whole family is welcome and we will have both human and dog treats for everyone. Please call us at 912-352-3081 if you have any questions.

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