Trainers who Participate in Socialization Parties (TPSP) aka "The Puppy Socialization Parties": Home
Trainers who Participate in Socialization Parties (TPSP) aka "The Puppy Socialization Parties" is a not- for-profit educational organization comprised of professional dog trainers and licensed veterinarians who have joined together in the interest of puppies everywhere to help facilitate the all-important socialization process.
By hosting weekly "puppy parties" for pups between the ages of 8 weeks and four-and-a-half months of age, the TPSP offers individual dog parents a safe and supervised place to bring their not-yet-fully vaccinated puppies to immediately begin the process of "safe socialization".
We promote the theory that early socialization is much too important a subject to set the veterinary profession and their cautiousness against the pet dog training profession and their urgency, and that whether or not a pup has received all three-rounds of his puppy immunization shots, we agree that socializing your pup BEFORE he is three months old is no longer up for negotiation - it simply must happen. And our common goal is to see that it happens SAFELY.
- Dr. Ian Dunbar, Founder of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers
Veterinarian and animal behaviorist, Dr. Ian Dunbar is currently Director of the Center for Applied Animal Behavior in Berkeley, California. He is also a member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, the California Veterinary Medical Association, the Sierra Veterinary Medical Association, the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior, and the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (which he founded).
Dr. Dunbar has written numerous books and hosted a dozen videos about puppy/dog behavior and training.