Program Content


Knowledge and Skills

Divided between several lessons including:

  • An Overview of Socialization - What it is & the rules for helping ensure it is a positive experience!
  • Dogs & Their Language - Learn to 'speak dog'!
  • Dogs & People - Promote positive associations!
  • Situations, Surfaces, & Objects - From wobble boards, agility tunnels, & paddling pools to muzzles & Elizabethan collars!
  • Interactive Activities - Feeding toys & fun box searches!
  • Other Dogs & Play - Are you and other dogs a source of fun?
  • Other Species - Promote a positive response to other animals
  • Dogs & Their Bodies - The importance of collaborative care
  • Dogs & Their Senses - Pre-empting noise phobias

Positive Handling and Care:

7 Supplementary Collaborative Care Videos

  • Engender Positive Responses
  • Establish a Dialogue
  • Emotional Responses
  • Happy Compliance
  • Hands Mean Treats
  • Ouchy - a Positive Response to Wound Care
  • Name it

Your Socialization Toolbox:

8 Essential Handouts

  • Dogs Sensitive Period's for Development & Socialization
  • Puppy Socialization & Vaccinations Go Together
  • Puppy Socialization by AVSAB
  • How to Socialize Your Puppy
  • Understand Signs of Fear, Anxiety, and Stress
  • Canine Communication Pictures
  • Consent Tests – The Three Second Rule
  • 3-Second Rule for Introducing Dogs

6 Considerate Handling Demonstration Videos – Teach Your Pet to Love Being Touched!

  • The Approach
  • Where to Touch
  • Systematic Touch
  • Chin Rest
  • Verbal Communication & Praise
  • Recommended Additional Resources
  • The Environment

Recommended Homework Activities


Written and contributed to by qualified canine training and behavior specialists.