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UC Davis Veterinary Medicine Offers Puppy Socialization Program

The Small Animal Community Practice and the Behavior Service at the UC Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital offer puppy socialization classes for new puppy owners and their dogs. Dubbed “Yappy Hour,” the hour-long classes take place on Tuesday nights at 6:30 at the UC Davis Center for Companion Animal Health.

Classes are designed to provide a safe environment for exposing puppies to a variety of experiences, and help educate pet owners on managing puppy behavior. Led by UC Davis faculty, the classes also provide an opportunity for veterinary students to gain experience that will benefit them in future client interactions.

“Socialization is the process during which pets develop relationships with other animals and people,” states Dr. Melissa Bain, a board-certified behavior specialist at UC Davis. “The most critical period for puppies to be socialized is between 3 and 14 weeks of age. During this time, puppies should be exposed to as many new people and animals as can be achieved safely and without causing fear or withdrawal.”

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