At our puppy parties, your newest family member will get the opportunity to meet other puppies and people, and will learn important socialisation skills.
Getting a new puppy is an exciting and special time, as you bond with your new companion and begin to form a connection. As a dog owner, you need to be aware of your responsibilities. These include giving your puppy the correct training and care, so they’re able to grow into a curious and well-behaved pet.
There are many important steps to take when training your puppy, including socialising and teaching basic commands. Many of our practices host puppy parties, which provide fantastic opportunities to socialise your puppies and help them become happy and confident adult dogs.
They also provide you with an opportunity to ask any questions or get advice on any aspects you’re unsure about. The trained professionals who run these gatherings are more than happy to help with any advice you might need.
What happens at the puppy parties?
Like human children, puppies aren’t born with the social skills they need, but acquire them over time.
Puppies usually go to their new owners at around eight weeks of age, so it’s important to begin socialising them as early as possible. Socialising your puppy in its first year will develop its character and temperament, and will result in your dog becoming comfortable around different people and dog breeds.
Our puppy parties focus on getting your puppy used to different events, environments and situations. Your puppy will socialise with a variety of dog breeds, with each breed being able to learn how others behave and react to certain interactions. Your puppies will also learn how to share their toys and your affection.
Your puppy will need to have basic training to grow into an obedient and responsive adult dog. At our puppy parties, various training topics will be covered, including ‘collar and lead training’, ‘sit and down’ and ‘bed or basket training’.
Your puppy will be most receptive to learning basic commands at around 8-16 weeks, and the training tips we provide will be tailored to your puppy’s specific needs and requirements.
Thanks to your generous puppy party donations, we’re currently funding a cold scent rhino tracker dog, Ella, in the Eastern Cape, South Africa. Ella was specifically selected, and being part bloodhound, she showed a natural talent for finding and following scents.
Before joining the anti-poaching team, she underwent further extensive training and was paired with her handler, Eric. Ella frequently encounters a variety of wild animals - not only rhinos - and often looks to Eric for reassurance and guidance, just as your puppies will when socialising for the first time.
Ella’s always experiencing new situations, whether they’re emergencies or training procedures. Your puppies will also need your reassurance when experiencing things for the first time, and our puppy parties will teach you with the best ways of giving your puppy the encouragement they need.
How can you book?
The easiest way to book is to contact your local Medivet practice.