Professional Statements on Early Puppy Socialization

Check out the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behaviour's new position statement on puppy socialialization at, where they state:

"In general, puppies can start puppy socialization classes as early as 7-8 weeks of age. Puppies should receive a minimum of one set of vac­cines at least 7 days prior to the first class and a first deworming. They should be kept up-to-date on vaccines throughout the class." 

"The American Veterinary Society of Animal Behaviour believes that it should be the standard of care for puppies to receive such socialization before they are fully vaccinated" 


Check out Veterinary Behaviourist Dr. R.K. Anderson's Open Letter To his Colleagues at, in which he urges fellow veterinarians to encourage puppy class for pups as young as 8 weeks old, after only their first vaccination, because the risk of infection is so much less than the risk of euthanasia due to behavior problems.