First I have shared a great article from Whole Dog Journal on my PupStart Facebook page explaining why puppies get 3 sets of vaccinations. Here is the link: https://www.facebook.com/PupStartPortMoody
Below I have added the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior Position Statement
Click here for the AVSAB position statement (PDF). Another Veterinarians' opinion on puppy socialization is provided by Dr. R.K. Anderson.
"The primary and most important time for puppy socialization is the first three months of life. During this time puppies should be exposed to as many new people, animals, stimuli and environments as can be achieved safely and without causing over-stimulation manifested as excessive fear, withdrawal or avoidance behavior. For this reason, the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior believes that it should be the standard of care for puppies to receive such socialization before they are fully vaccinated" - AVSAB
A portion of the class is puppy play and introductions. We introduce them slowly, making sure each puppy is comfortable. We use barriers for the first meeting. If possible we match your puppy to appropriate play partners. If one dog plays like it's a rugby match and the other wants a tea party , they aren't a good match. It is possible for a puppy to be too overwhelming for the other puppies or too shy. In those cases they will socialize through a barrier. Puppies need to feel safe before they can be happy playing.
We use the least intrusive, minimally Aversive framework