An independent retailer has launched a new puppy socialisation initiative to help bring customers and their pets closer together.
Healthy Pet Store in Totton, Southampton, has created the ‘Puppy Natter’ event, an hour-long social session to help puppies build their confidence around humans and other dogs while supporting owners with advice on puppy care, wellbeing, and general advice.
The store has staged two of the free sessions so far, with further events scheduled for the second saturday of every month. The most recent meeting was hosted by dog behaviourist Jeanette Muldoon from The Family Dog Club.
Healthy Pet Store managing director Deborah Burrows said: “Learning to socialise in a safe and well managed environment with other dogs and caregivers is really important for puppies. It builds their confidence and helps them cope with a variety of situations so they can grow into confident adult dogs.
“Puppy Natter is a place for owners to share their experiences and chat with other puppy caregivers. While gaining advice from a dog behaviourist, their puppies can play safely and happily in a controlled environment.”