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Socialization training is the essential first half of training any dog.

“Dogs Must Be Confident For Training To Be Effective.”

Both Vicki and Will Nourse are American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen Certified Evaluators
with the American Kennel Club.

A dog sitting contentedly with a child

Socializing sets your dog up for a lifetime of happiness and success. Here, your dog will have the following experiences and encounters every day for five days so that he or she will develop a positive attitude toward many things that often frighten dogs.


Cost: $499

Payment plan: A $100 non-refundable deposit is
required to reserve space; the balance is due at check-in.

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A dog sniffing a stranger's hand with no fear

a puppy and a baby playing

PlayStayTion Pet Resort & Training’s socialization is expertly guided instruction exposing your dog to a huge variety of situations in a controlled manner to create positive associations-preventing or resolving most serious issues like fear, separation anxiety, destructive chewing, digging, barking and aggression. This is the most important thing you can do for your dog because the results last a lifetime. For puppies 3 weeks of age and older and for dogs of any age, especially those intended to be Emotional Support Animals (ESA’s).

Three dogs sniffing noses
A pit bull lying contentedly with a cat and a bunch of baby chicks all over him.

We offer two different approaches to socialization training. The first approach is geared toward puppies 3-weeks to 3-months-of-age. These young dogs are still in what is known as the Critical Fear Period. Our second approach to socialization training is designed for dogs 3-months-old and older who have already passed the Critical Fear Period.

Dogs at the City ParkPeople often think a dog’s been abused when often it’s just missed proper socialization during the “Critical Fear Period” ages 3 weeks to 3 months. What occurs during this highly sensitive time sets the tone for the rest of your dog’s life.

If deprived of the right kind of exposure to people, animals and situations during the Critical Fear Period, dogs have an increased risk of fear and aggression.
American Veterinary Medical Association

For puppies:

We help you expose your pup to an amazing variety of things your dog will need to be comfortable around, in a controlled manner that creates good associations. Using an expert to guide you and your pup’s journey, during this highly sensitive time, creates a dog that is confident and can adapt easily to new situations instead of letting fate dictate what your dog will be fearful or aggressive toward. Being confident around other people and animals and in your absence, will prevent most serious issues like separation anxiety, destructive chewing, digging, barking and aggression. This is the most important thing you can do for your puppy because the results last a lifetime.

For adult dogs:

We help you discover what triggers your dog’s bad behavior. Then we change the associations to those triggers from bad to good. We do this in a controlled manner to counter condition your dog so that instead of reacting poorly, he eagerly anticipates the previously stressful situations and has a  new, positive reaction to them. Using an expert to systematically guide you and your dog’s journey keeps the experiences under an ever-improving threshold of tolerance so the behavior isn’t further ingrained by repeating it. Instead, your dog learns from each new experience and discards what isn’t working for him anymore. This method resolves many serious issues like separation anxiety, destructive chewing, digging, barking and aggression. This is the most important thing you can do for your dog because bad behaviors usually get worse with time.

a fluffy puppy playing with the vet's stethoscope
a happy dog with his head out the car window

Beginning $499 – 5 Days

Socialization training will acclimate your dog to many things. These include collars, leashes and harnesses, as well as all types of handling required to be a trustworthy family pet. Your dog will ride in the car, go to the veterinarian and groomer, and be confident around would-be scary sounds and surfaces.

Dog’s progress will  be evaluated on the following situations and encounters:


Meeting Evaluator, Checking Ears, Examining Mouth and Gums, Opening the Eyelids, Brushing, Holding/Squeezing Feet, Trimming Nails, Pinching Skin, Poking Skin with Capped Pen, Holding While Rubbing Belly, Cradling in Arms on Back, Hugging, Reaching Over Dog’s Head, Moving Hand Quickly Toward Face, Patting Head Hard, Pulling on Collar, Grabbing Body Parts, Wiping With Towel, Putting On Collar, Putting On Leash, Putting On Harness, Taking Treats Gently, Taking Food Bowl Away, Taking Toy Away.


Slippery/Shiny Floors, Metal-Like Manhole Covers, Wobbly Bosu/Board on Brick, Stairs, Grass, Wet Grass, Mud, Ice/Snow.


Thunder, Fireworks, Gunshot, Babies/Kids, Alarms, Sirens, Door Bell, Dogs Barking, Traffic, Jack Hammers, Vacuum, Microwave Ding.


Riding in Car with Seat Belt, Riding in Car in a Crate, Roller Skates/Blades, Bicycles, Shopping Carts, Strollers, Wheelchairs, Cars, Motorcycles, Buses.

a dog sitting and accepting a treat from his master
an English Bulldog playing with a tiny kitten

Advanced $499 – 5 More Days!

Acclimates your dog to unfamiliar people. These people may be wearing things that typically scare dogs, like: handicapped accessories, worker’s tools, and moving objects. Your dog will be exposed to unusual new environments such as big city and countryside situations. They will encounter unfamiliar dogs and animals of other species.

Dog’s progress will be evaluated on the following triggers:


Men, Women, Babies Crying/Crawling, Toddlers (Squeeling, Walking), Teens, Elderly, Tall Men, Men With Deep Voices, Men With Beards, People With Hats/Helmets, People With Masks, People With Hoodies Pulled Up, People With Sunglasses, People With Backpacks, People With Small Hand Tools, People With Long Handled Tools, People With Canes/Walkers, People Running By, Indigent People.


Umbrellas, Leaf Blowers, Vacuum, Bags in Wind, Garbage Cans Still/Moving, Metal Pots Banging.


New Rooms, Doorways, Automatic Store Doors, Suburban Neighborhood, Countryside, Busy City Streets, Inside Commercial Buildings, Elevators, Stairwells, Outdoor Cafes, Parks With Human Activity, Other.

Other Animals

Domestic Pets and Livestock.

a dog looking at a vacuum cleaner with suspicion
a shephard dog sitting at attention among chickens

Dogs get pretty messy at camp and dog grooming fee is not included. Consider
booking a dog grooming for your dog’s last day of stay to take home a clean pet.

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