Following the announcement from Taoiseach Leo Varadkar 24.03.2020 regarding COVID-19, we have made the decision to postpone Puppy Playdates until further notice. The DSPCA will be closed so there will be no access to the dog park.
You must register your place online below to attend and you must have a puppy to attend puppy play dates.
Early puppy socialisation is critical. Puppies that grow up in isolation both from other dogs as well as from a wide variety of humans – have a greater tendency to develop behavior problems later in life such as fear-based aggression. Puppy play dates are a great way to socialise puppies.
Each session is 45-minutes providing puppies ages 8 weeks to Six month a safe and fun environment to learn social skills. Build a lifetime bond with your puppy while learning about puppy play and social development from a DSPCA Dog Trainer using positive methods. These take place weekly and provide a wide variety of training opportunities.
Our goal is to provide an environment where puppies and their families feel safe and can learn. The moderating trainer is available for questions or concerns, so please don’t hesitate to make use of them as a valuable puppy parenting resource.
During puppy play dates your puppy will display a range of behaviors including chasing, ‘wrestling,’ play growling, yips of excitement and yips meant to say ‘back off.’ This type of play is normal and occurred whilst your puppy was with his or her litter-mates and must continue with their peers throughout their puppyhood. Like people, puppies have a variety of personalities and play styles. However, in general puppies are ideally suited to safely teach each other the rules of canine engagement, to help other pups learn impulse or self-control, and to help pups develop good ‘bounce back’ skills.
See our Puppy Starter School here, this is a 3 week course perfect for all new puppy owners to help tackle behavioral issues.
Junior Play Dates (up to 16 weeks) –
Senior Play Dates (16 weeks to 6 months) –
Time: 10.45am – 11.30am