Shape Your Puppy’s Future: What Modern-Day Puppy Socialization Looks Like


Socializing puppies has become the norm in today’s puppy culture. But did you know you can do it wrong, thereby creating behavior issues as your puppy grows up?

Are you doing it right? What is the piece of the socialization puzzle that most owners (and some professionals) miss? What does the research say? Are you still falling for the standard myths about puppy socialization?

As puppies, dogs have a period of maximal neuron flexibility. That’s why it’s important to protect your puppy from negative experiences. And if you cannot, what you do next can impact how they form memories, thereby shaping how their brain develops. Sounds like a huge responsibility!

Co-authors Marge Rogers and Eileen Anderson wrote a book to answer these questions, Puppy Socialization: What It Is and How to Do It. You will learn the critical piece of information that owners need to effectively socialize their puppies. Marge will be presenting, reviewing and discussing targeted and curated socialization experiences with video examples. She will show you how to incorporate puppy confidence and socialization into your classes or practice.

The fabulous Leslie McDevitt will be on hand to show how she uses her popular LATTE (Look At That – Then Enrichment) game with puppy training and socialization. LATTE provides structured decompression and enrichment opportunities during a counter-conditioning setup. That makes this the perfect game for puppy socialization!

This webinar is suitable for veterinary professionals, animal trainers, animal behaviorists, shelter and rescue staff and volunteers, and anyone with an interest in evidence-based behavior intervention.

About Marge:

Marge Rogers is a certified professional dog trainer, behavior consultant (canine), and author. She has thousands of hours teaching owners, dogs, and other canine professionals.

One of the things you will notice right away about Marge is her enthusiasm for sharing information about training and behavior. Marge changed her life and career when she learned about the science of behavior. She is warm and engaging when sharing what she learned with her clients and other canine professionals.

Dog training and behavior aren’t rocket science. They’re behavioral science. Marge boils down the science into relatable, easy to understand information. Even her business name is educational: Rewarded Behavior Continues.

Marge earned certifications in training and behavior consulting (canine) through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers. She is also a Certified Control Unleashed® Instructor and a Certified Fear Free® Professional. She received additional training on child-dog safety and family dynamics through Family Paws Parent Education. Marge is an engaging, experienced workshop presenter and has offered continuing education workshops for veterinarians and veterinary technicians in North Carolina. She has worked with corporations (CSX, Babies ‘R US), communities, and schools to bust myths about dogs and dog training.


About Leslie:

Leslie McDevitt, MLA, CDBC, CPDT-KA, is the author of the internationally popular Control Unleashed series of books and DVDs. Her books have been translated into many languages; people all over the world have learned how to use her science-based and empowering methods to help companion, performance, and working dogs learn how to functional optimally without stress in very challenging environments. If you have a dog that worries about stuff—other dogs, people, noises, the unexpected—Leslie has many fun counter-conditioning games just for you. Leslie is a popular conference speaker and is especially proud to be a presenter at ClickerExpo and a consultant for the Penn Vet Working Dog Center.