Puppy Socialization Class

The first two things new puppy parents learn are the need for their puppies to recieve  their first vaccinations combined with the need for early puppy socialization with other dogs in a clean and hygenic environment.

The position statement from the "American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior” states "that it should be the standard of care for puppies to receive puppy socialization before they are fully vaccinated."

The first 16 weeks of your puppy's life is critical in teaching them to overcome fears and develope social skills around other dogs & people. 

Village Dogworks & Ruff Club have now partnered to bring you puppy socialization classes called “Puppy Social Club” every Saturday morning at 11:00 a.m.

Puppy Social Club is a great way for puppies to meet other dogs, new people and learn the correct way to behave around them. Classes are supervised by Garrett Rosso from the American Professional Dog Trainer Association and are fun and stimulating for both puppies and owners, using only kind, fair and effective techniques that reward good behavior.

Each class takes place in a sterile environment where puppies are exposed to stimuli and supervised while playing with other puppies.

Each class is structured upon a weekly topic covering the challenges of raising a puppy in the city:

  • Introduction to Leash, Proper Equipment and Walking On-Leash
  • House Training, Diets, Optimal Nutrition 
  • Separation Anxiety, Crate Training and setting your pet up for being left home alone
  • Problem Nipping & Destructive Chewing

There will be a short lecture at the start of every class plus ample time for questions & answers

We will also introduce your puppies to the  foundation of obedience traioning using the "touch" and "watch" command as it's important for puppies to pay attention to us. A

There is ample  play periods in every class supervised by our instructors and staff where owners will learn about puppy body language to help recognize what is play -- and what behavior should be interrupted. 

All classes conclude with “Pass-The-Puppy” and a variety of city stimulie so your dog learns to accept stangers and all the distractions & sounds that come with city living.

Puppy Social Club are for dogs 8 weeks to 5 months of age. All puppies should have recieved one set of puppy shots and a first visit with their veterinarian.

Puppy Social Club starts promptly at 11:00 a.m. Owners should arrive 10 minutes prior to class -- late comers can not be admitted.

Bring With You:

  • 6 ft. light-weight leash
  • Soft training treats or lamb lung
  • An "occupier" which is a hard chew that your puppy loves and takes them 20 minutes or longer to consume -- bully sticks, american made rawhide, greenie, real bone
  • Feed only half a meal the morning before class
  • Cameras welcome.



Classes are $30. Please pre-register by calling Ruff Club at the number below


34 Avenue A
(Between 2nd & 3rd Street
Next Course Begins:

  • Every Saturday morning  at Noon

To enroll, please call Ruff Club at: 

(347) 829-RUFF