Puppy Socials

PUPPY SOCIAL –  Saturdays  10 – 11 AM
(except holidays. check our calendar)

$10 per puppy, all family members welcome to attend.

Each week we host socials to help guide you and your puppy socialize, have fun, and learn new social skills. The social is hosted by a Metro Dog staff member. In addition to all the great benefits of structured playtime you can get feedback about your puppy’s social skills and needs. If appropriate for you, contact us about working with your puppy exclusively to help shape her social behaviors and build her confidence in social situations. We offer private coaching sessions and consultations to address any skills training or behavior concern you may have.

Weekly socials are for puppies up to 24 weeks old in one of 3  separate areas. Not all puppies are the same. We offer separate yards for shy pups and first timers, active pups and larger active pups. Each week is a different mix and each puppy is different week by week. Both you and your pup get to socialize and learn about good social play (for your puppy, that is!). Let us help you guide your young furry friend into becoming a great dog.

Veterinarians specializing in behavior recom­mend that owners take advantage of every safe opportunity to expose young puppies to the great variety of stimuli that they will experi­ence in their lives. Enrolling in puppy classes prior to three months of age can be an excellent means of improving training, strengthening the human-animal bond, and socializing puppies in an environment where risk of illness can be minimized.
-© 2008 AVSAB American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior

All puppies attending socials must have completed their first round of shots and provide proof of vaccination the first time they come.

SMALL DOG SOCIAL – $10 admission per dog, all family members are welcome to attend.

Small Dog Socials every Saturday (except holidays -see Calendar) from 11:15AM to Noon

Bring your special under 15 pound pooch (slightly bigger pooches may be allowed with permission of hosting staff member) to party with his or her friends in a warm, safe indoor park. 3 areas allow for separate gatherings for shy dogs and super active dogs. A Metro Dog staff member is there to help with information and advice on appropriate play. All dogs older than 6 months must be spayed or neutered to attend. All dogs must be vaccinated for Rabies, Bordatella, and DHP. Proof of vaccination is required the first time you attend.

We look forward to seeing you at our Saturday Socials!


Please see our Calendar to see a current schedule of socials!


Who may attend?

All socials are intended to be a resource for social dogs and their humans. If your dog likes other dogs and needs practice and positive experiences this is the place for you. If your dog is afraid of dogs or doesn’t have good social skills this is not the place to try to remediate them. If your dog hasn’t had good experiences meeting strange dogs outside the home this not a good place to start. Ask us about private coaching sessions or private consultations to set up a remediation program for your dog. All dogs over 6 Months of Age must be spayed or neutered.

First Timers:

First time dogs and people need to check in with a staff person and give them your signed Socials Release Form. We will have a quick conversation about your pooch to determine which yard would be best to introduce her to the social. We will need you to provide a copy your vaccine records for us to keep. Puppies need to show the most recent puppy shot records. Puppy shots are given no more than 4 weeks apart. Once a dog has completed their puppy shots we require Rabies, Bordetella and DHP. We ask all social attendees to clean up after their dog. We will go over our cleaning methods and demonstrate a how-to at the social.

What should I bring with me?

Your puppy, a copy of your vaccine records for us to keep, your sense of wonder and your questions.

What is a puppy?

A puppy is any dog under 24 weeks of age. For our Puppy Socials any puppy under 24 weeks are welcome to attend. Older puppies and younger puppies will be separated into different play areas.

What is a small dog?

A social small dog is under 15 pounds and is comfortable having dogs her own size approach her. A social small dog doesn’t hide from other dogs and doesn’t chase them away. We will consider dogs up to 25 pounds on an individual basis.

How do I know if my dog is social?

A social dog is one who already enjoys playing with other dogs at parks, classes or daycares. A social dog is interested in other dogs. A social dog can accept correction from other dogs and is able to modify his approach to make other dogs feel comfortable. A social dog can share toys. Socials are not a place to teach a dog to be social. If this is what you need, contact lead trainer, Diane Livoti, diane@metrodog.com, to discuss a structured learning program to support the social development of your dog.

Rules and policies:

• Metro Dog has the right to disallow any dog or puppy from attending any social.
• Dogs and Puppies must appear healthy and parasite free.
• Owners are responsible for their dogs behavior. Staff will ask you to monitor your dog for specific behaviors and interrupt them when they occur. Failing to follow staff instructions we result in expulsion.
• Owners must clean up after their dogs using the products provided. There are mop buckets for cleaning up Urine ONLY. We use scoops or biodegradable bags to pick up solid waste (feces, vomit) and then spray bottles of cleaner and rags to clean up the residue. Our cleanser is a mixture of a non-toxic, biodegradable cleanser, anti-viral and anti-bacterial agents and an enzyme based deodorizer.
• You must stay in the room with your dog. If you bring children, you must monitor them at all times.
• You must have eyes on your dog at all times.

  • “Alison Smith, the trainer and behaviorist, at Metro Dog is fabulous. She knows her dogs. We have used her services several times. We have worked with Alison both in her training classes and one-on-one consultations. Ten years ago, Alison helped us with our adult dog who had a barking problem. She gave us strategies on how to alleviate the problem. Recently, we got a new puppy and we’ve taken her basic classes.

    We especially liked her Basic 3 class. It was invaluable. It teaches you how to be with your dog in the real world and takes you out into a shopping mall, trail, and other places. Alison works with you to build a relationship with your dog.

    Alison is knowledgeable. She easily assesses the problems and gives you concrete advice about how to train or modify the behavior. Alison is also accessible. If you have a follow-up question, she will help you because she cares about her clients. We’ve recommended her services to several friends. Use her services, she’s great.”— Elaine & Mike Penzer
3117 Pierce Street, Richmond, CA, 94804 • 510.524.DOGS (3647) • info@metrodog.com