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TEEN SOCIAL

Keep Strengthening Resilience, Confidence, & Sociability

For adolescent ("teen") dogs between the ages of 5 and 24 months. Available exclusively to participants of our Puppy Social, Life Skills, and semi/private training programs (with trainer approval).

 

The Teen Social Program is specifically designed to continue building on the foundations established during puppyhood. The same flexibility and individual attention in Puppy Social, but with even smaller class sizes, more time to play, plus coaching to prepare and support you during the "teenage" phase of your dog's development.

Click the sign up button below to find the Teen Social that fits your schedule.

DROP IN*

$10 +GST

*Reservations Required. Aged 5 to 24 months. One admittance per scheduled day

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Go Beyond Early Socialization

Research has found that some dogs/breeds are predisposed to more general fearfulness which can lead to the development of aggression.

 

Interested in learning more about this? Check out this study & this study.

 

Positive experiences around people and other animals should not stop after puppyhood - it should continue through to adulthood. Many dogs will experience a secondary fear/sensitive period during their adolescent development, most often occurring some time between 6-18 months depending individual factors. Researchers have found an increase in avoidance and fearful behaviours during this time frame, but don't yet know if this result is more likely due to learned experiences, or as a part of the natural maturation process.  

 

During adolescent development dogs undergo hormonal (even if spayed/neutered) and cognitive changes. Puppies are especially impressionable in their first few months, which is why it’s best to introduce Fido to new experiences and situations in a pleasant way early in life. However, continued socialization throughout your dog’s first two years of life has been shown to have many significant benefits.

Come to Our Next Teen Social!

Raising Fido Canine Behaviour & Training Centre offers a teen socialization program to clients who've participated in our Puppy Social and/or Life Skills programs. Teen Socials are designed to safely compliment and bolster your socialization journey with guidance from a skilled certified trainer. 

 

It can be nerve wracking to visit an off leash dog park for the first time with a young dog. We understand the need to balance keeping experiences positive with the need to continue developing their sociability during this time. This time also brings about a need for increased daily exercise and a decreased need for sleep compared to puppyhood. For this reason, it's necessary your teen to have the opportunity to run, explore, and if they are interested, to engage with their own species in a way that they find enjoyable. 

 

Let us help you safely navigate this time. You and your dog can experience the full benefits of a high-quality adolescent socialization program that's flexible and designed according to a variety of factors including age, size, and personality to provide the best learning experience possible for everyone.

 
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Get Started!

Follow our guide below to set up your account and get booked in.

Once your account in Gingr is created this is now your portal for everything Raising Fido. 

It’s easy to book your pup in for courses, make or cancel reservations, communicate directly with us, process secure payments, receive written report cards with photos or videos and more.

You can download Gingr for Pet Parents on your phone or tablet using invite code: 467221

 
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Teen Social

Small

  • Adolescent dogs aged 5 to 24 months

  • Limited to 6 teens per session with reservation always required

  • 45-minute sessions

  • Wednesday & Saturday

  • Adolescent dogs aged 5 to 24 months

  • Limited to 6 teens per session with reservation always required

  • 45-minute sessions

  • Wednesday & Saturday

Teen Social

Medium & Large

Course

Overview

  • Continue with trainer-lead active socialization activities

  • Free play with narration by skilled certified professional trainer

  • Key teen training topics discussed

  • Demonstrations, Q&As, & individual coaching/guidance

  • Trainer may make individual changes such as switching a puppy to the other class or another training option.

Please note that our Teen Social Program is only open to Teens who have participated in our Puppy Programs, Life Skills Programs, or Semi/Private Training (where suitable).

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Get the most out of the early development stages of your dog's life by signing up for multiple courses with a training bundle & save!

Be sure to review our Policies, and Terms & Conditions before booking.

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A Quality Socialization Program
Backed By Science

"Age-appropriate socialization practices should begin within a few days of birth, and should extend well into adulthood. These practices should aim to provide exposure to many of the types of experiences, people, and objects that the dog is likely to encounter over the course of its life, in a controlled and pleasant way."

(Howell, King, and Bennett 2015)

"Dogs attending ‘young dogs classes’ between 6 and 9 months of age showed a significant reduction in total problem behaviour."

 

(Thompson et al., 2010)

"Experiences during the juvenile/adolescent period can have a lasting affect on behaviour."

(Dr. Wailani Sung MS, PhD, DVM, DACVB

Director of Behaviour & Welfare

San Francisco SPCA, 2022)

"Whilst experiences during the socialization period are of great importance, dogs may regress and become fearful if exposure to socio-environmental stimuli is not maintained as both social and environmental learning continue throughout the juvenile period & adolescence."

(Thompson et al., 2010)

Teen Socialization

Under socialized dogs can be prone to developing more problematic behaviour traits such as aggression and anxiety. Teen Socials with Raising Fido Dog Training are always led by a knowledgeable experienced certified professional dog trainer and designed with our preventative approach in mind. Ongoing participation in safe and fun social opportunities can help with raising a happier and healthier Fido. 

 

During this drop-in class clients are provided with the opportunity to continue regularly exposing their adolescent dog to positive learning experiences that can favourably influence personality development.

 

When dogs go through adolescence (approx. 5-24 months) it can feel like you're experiencing similar pain points to that of a human teenager. Suddenly you seem to no longer be at the centre of their world like you once were during puppyhood. A preference for not hanging around with you when their friends are about becomes apparent. A desire to confidently roam farther away from you; letting their sense of smell, sight, sound AND hormones guide their behaviour more than ever before. A resurgence of chewing and a decrease in responding to cues that were never a problem before can make us feel like they are choosing to ignore us, or spitefully "misbehaving" on purpose. These are all normal behavioural changes for young dogs, but they can cause a lot of stress if we are not expecting these changes or prepared with understanding and knowledge to make this time easier on us. Our team is always here to support and guide clients through this stage of their lives so that you both come out happy on the other side. 

 

Booking a spot in Teen Life Skills Level 1 while concurrently taking part in our Teen Socialization program helps get your life long training journey with your dog started with a powerful one-two combo.  

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Let Us Help You Raise Fido Well

Adolescent dog socialization in Calgary at Raising Fido is fun, safe, and affordable!