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NYC Puppy and Small Dog Play Groups

Providing your dog with positive social interactions on a regular basis is an important part of being a responsible pet parent. In addition to environmental enrichment in the home, play dates with other dogs (and their people!) helps keep your dog mentally, physically and socially enriched. Our New York play dates are for dogs without dog or people directed aggression. If your dog is suffering from aggression issues, or you are concerned that things might be headed in that direction, please contact us to discuss.

Andrea Arden Dog Training pioneered puppy and small dog play groups in New York City more than 15 years ago, and we have the knowledge, experience and staff to make your experience extraordinary!

New York Puppy Play Groups: No Reservations Required

Every Tuesday from 6:00 – 7:00pm at the Dog Spa (32 West 25th Street)

Every Saturday from 12:30 – 1:30pm at the Dog Spa (32 West 25th Street)

Every Sunday from 1:00 – 2:00pm at the Dog Spa (32 West 25th Street)

Every Sunday from 5:15 – 6:15pm at Camp Canine (46 West 73rd Street) Please Note: There will be no play group at this location on Sunday, February 7th.

Puppy Play Groups are somewhat like kindergarten playtime for children. Some pups charge right in and are the life of the party from the get go. They might even be so enthusiastic that other pups choose not to interact with them. Other pups are a bit more cautious and take time to become socially engaged. They might at first choose to hide under your chair and watch the other pups play. Wherever your puppy starts off on the socialization spectrum, moderated puppy play groups are a vital part of them learning to be comfortable with their own species and with people outside of their home. The over the top enthusiastic pup will benefit from learning to modify and tone down their interactions, and the more reserved pup will become familiar with and more confident in regards to playing with other dogs. Developing good social skills during puppyhood is a crucial part of your pup growing into an adult dog that can walk down the street without incident (i.e. charging at other dogs or attempting to get away from other dogs).

During puppy play time, you will see a wide range of behaviors including chasing, rolling about and ‘wrestling,’ play growling, yips of excitement and yips meant to say ‘back off.’ All of this sort of play occurred whilst your pup was with his or her littermates and must continue with their peers throughout their puppyhood. Like people, puppies have a variety of temperaments (or personalities) and play styles. However, in general puppies are ideally suited to safely teach each other the rules of canine engagement, to help other pups learn impulse or self-control, and to help pups develop good ‘bounce back’ skills.

Our goal is to provide an environment where pups and their families feel safe and can learn. The moderating trainer is available for questions or concerns, so please don’t hesitate to make use of them as a valuable puppy parenting resource.

Puppy Play Groups are for puppies of all mixes, breeds, and sizes that are between 8 weeks and 5 1/2 months of age. The fee is $10 per pup, per visit. No advanced registration is necessary.

New York Small Dog Play Groups: No Reservations Required

Every Monday from 6:00-7:00pm at the Dog Spa (32 West 25th Street) This Play Group is not meeting on September 7th due to the holiday.

Every Saturday from 1:45-2:45pm at the Dog Spa (32 West 25th Street)

***Due to popular demand, we have added another play group on Saturdays during the Winter from 4:30-5:30pm at the Dog Spa (32 West 25th Street)

Small Dog Play Groups are designed to provide pet parents with weekly opportunities to meet the socialization and exercise needs of their diminutive dogs in a safe, clean, trainer moderated, indoor environment. We developed NYC Small Dog Play Groups over 15 years ago in great part to help combat the prevalence of ‘Small Dog Syndrome.’ Smaller dogs that are not provided with adequate socialization opportunities (often because pet parents fear for their safety) are more likely to develop social issues, including fear and aggression, which may prevent them from playing well with others and having the best possible chance for leading a fully enriched life.

Keep in mind that even dogs of similar size can vary greatly in regards to play styles. Some smaller dogs are all about rough and tumble play, whilst others prefer a more refined and subtle form of social engagement. Our on-hand training and behavior expert is there to moderate the group and to answer any questions you may have.

These groups are for dogs 20 pounds and under who are 5 1/2 months and older with no aggression issues (please contact us if you have any questions or concerns).

The fee is $10 per dog, per visit. No advanced registration is necessary.


Breed Specific Play Dates

While temperaments and play styles within a breed (and even a litter) vary greatly, there is no doubt that many dogs tend to get a thrill out of play time with dogs of their own ilk. With that in mind, we offer breed specific play dates throughout the year. Please check out our Special Events to see what’s coming up!

NYC Puppy and Dog Training Classes and Special Dog Seminars

To check the upcoming puppy and dog training classes and special seminars schedule, please visit the Group Classes page!

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