Hearts and Paws
Together for Life
Did you get a puppy?

FREE Puppy Party
 Temporarily suspended CHECK OUT PUPPY DAY!

What is it?
A free Puppy Party for owners and puppies 8-18 weeks old.

Why should I come?
Because puppies are like sponges in absorbing and coping with new things from 8-16 weeks, so it is the optimal time for them to experience new people, other puppies and new situations that will help prepare them for a lifetime of calm acceptance and confident interactions.

Plus, they are absolutely adorable and watching them explore and play together is one of the great joys of having a puppy! There will be playtime for the puppies and a presentation for their people designed to help with those first few critical months of puppyhood.

Owners will learn about the importance of puppy socialization and the role of puppy playtime, including how this socialization can help smooth the way through your puppy's teenage months and on throughout all your years together. We will also cover information and tips about housetraining and common puppy problems (mouthing, chewing, jumping up).

Who can attend?
Puppies who are 8-18 weeks old and have had their first round of vaccinations at least one week prior to the PartyRegister here so we know who to expect.

What if my puppy does not have all his vaccinations? Is it safe for him to attend?
Yes! ALL attendees must submit proof that they have at a minimum received their first round of vaccinations at least one week prior to the Party. You can bring a paper copy of your vaccination records to the Party or you can send a copy electronically to us prior to the Party. You can email a copy to mail.heartsandpaws@gmail.com or you may request that your vet's office email us a copy.

The position statement on Puppy Socialization by the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior states:
"Because the first three months are the period when sociability outweighs fear, this is the primary window of opportunity for puppies to adapt to new people, animals, and experiences. Incomplete or improper socialization during this important time can increase the risk of behavioral problems later in life including fear, avoidance, and/or aggression. Behavioral problems are the greatest threat to the owner-dog bond. In fact, behavioral problems are the number one cause of relinquishment to shelters. Behavioral issues, not infectious diseases, are the number one cause of death for dogs under three years of age." (emphasis by Hearts and Paws)

What to bring:
  • your puppy
  • leash (we recommend cotton-web or leather for hand comfort)
  • buckle collar
  • a portion of your puppy's meal
Feed your puppy about half of their usual meal. Place the other half in a ziploc baggie and bring it along to use as rewards during the Party.

Follow-up by attending our 6 week Puppy Start Class which will continue the early socialization and training needs:
  • More PLAY TIME!
  • Socialization topics such as exposure to different sounds, sights, people types, acceptance of handling by others.
  • Training foundations such as coming when called, polite greeting behavior and leash walking.
Hearts and Paws Training Center, 13291 Pond Springs Road, Austin, Texas 78729