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Dublin 18
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Social Hour

PLEASE NOTE: Puppy social hour is designed to be fun for your puppy and an opportunity for them to socialise safely. This is not a creche for children, nor is our equipment designed to be a playground for children to climb in and out of. With effect from Saturday Feb 1st 2020 we will be enforcing the rule we have had since 2011 and no children under the age of 12 will be permitted in at the social hour. We apologise to those who feel this excludes their pup from attending, but we have to put the safety of the pups within our care above all else. Thank You. 

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Please note there will be no social hours on the following dates in 2020:

Saturday Feb 29th            Saturday April 11th          Saturday May 2nd          Saturday May 30th      Saturday June 6th        Saturday July 4th        Saturday July 18th       Saturday August 1st      Saturday August 29th    Saturday October 26th       Saturday November 21st 

Positive Dog Training has been running a very successful puppy social hour since 2011. Every Saturday (excluding bank holiday weekend, and PDT event weekends ) from 10am to 11am we welcome puppies under 6 months to join us at the centre to play and learn how to interact properly with other dogs. We have a dedicated puppy playroom where you puppy can mix solely with other puppies under 6 months of age and we have also handpicked some small breed friendly adult dogs who your puppy will meet when they are ready to start interacting with older dogs.


Frequently asked questions 

What is puppy social hour?

Social hours are a time to allow your dog to play, interact and socialise with other dogs in a safe environment. For young pups, social hours help to teach communication with other dogs that they cannot learn from their humans at home.

Are your social hours supervised?

Yes our social hours are supervised by staff members at all times who will be able to help you understand your puppy's behaviour and advise you on issues you may need help with.

Who is allowed to attend social hours?

Adult family member and children 12 years of age or over. 

Do you need to bring anything to social hours?

You do not need to bring anything with you to social hours other than a collar/harness and lead for your puppy, everything else will be provided for you at Positive Dog Training. On your first visit, you will be asked to provide proof of your dogs' vaccinations and to fill out a form on arrival.

When are social hours on?

Our social hour is on every Saturday morning at 10 am at the Positive Dog Training centre except Bank Holiday weekends and on the occasions that we have educational events running at the centre. Please keep an eye on our facebook page for details.

Do you need to book social hours?

You do not need to book in advance however you will not be allowed to attend without proof of vaccination on your first visit.

What is the cost of the social hour?

Social hours are an admittance of €10 per dog.


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Terms and Condition of Social Hours.

1. You understand that you are solely responsible for any harm caused by your dog(s) while attending social hours at Positive Dog Training.

2. You understand that there are inherent risks of illness or injury when animals can be in close contact with one another. Such risks include, but are not limited to, problems resulting from rough play and canine kennel cough.

3. You further understand and agree that in admitting your dog(s) to Positive Dog Training, the staff at Positive Dog Training have relied on your representation that your dog(s) is/are in good health and have not harmed or show aggressive or threatening behaviour towards any person or any other dog.

4. You understand that your dog(s) will be playing in open areas with other dog(s) and accept that when dogs play in groups, they will get dirty, and nicks and scratches may occur, as well as any other inherent risks that are involved and you hereby release Positive Dog Training of any liability; You further understand and agree that Positive Dog Training staff will not be liable for any or all problems which may develop.

5. You further understand and agree that any problems which develop with your dog(s) will be treated as deemed by Positive Dog Training staff at their sole discretion, and that you assume full financial responsibility for all expenses involved if yourself or Positive Dog Training decides to obtain medical treatment.

6. You accept that if your dog causes any excessive damage to the facility that you could be asked to pay for repairs.

7. You understand that if your dog shows any signs of aggression towards other dogs or people you may be asked to leave and should do so immediately on the instruction of staff.

8. Please be aware there will be dogs off lead of every breed including restricted breeds, so if you are afraid of any specific breeds we ask that you do not attend.

9. Human aggressive dogs or dogs with extreme fear issues will not be allowed to stay at Positive Dog Training social hour as it will not be a suitable environment for them.

10. As a responsible pet owner, you promise to keep my dog(s) up-to-date on all vaccines. It is required by Positive Dog Training that you provide official updated records from a veterinary professional before you can attend Social Hour. Positive Dog Training is not responsible for informing of due dates on vaccines nor will Positive Dog Training provide vaccine records for any reason. Furthermore, when dog(s) vaccines are updated, a copy must be provided to Positive Dog Training for our records to stay updated, otherwise Positive Dog Training will assume that your dog(s) are not current on vaccines and will be asked not to attend the centre until 7 days after actual vaccines are administered.

11. While at Socialisation hour your dog is your responsibility and you must not leave them unattended for any length of time. This is important for the safety of your own dog and for others. Dog owners must be within the view of their dogs always.

12. Please do not interfere with another dog but your own, it is vital that you do not correct or discipline someone else’s dog.

13. Dogs must be kept on lead when entering and exiting the Positive Dog Training social area.

14. For the safety of your dog(s) and other visitors, choke, prong (pinch) and spike collars are strictly prohibited. If you use these types of collars, remove them before entering Positive Dog Training.

15. No Children under the age of 16 is permitted unless accompanied by an adult. Children tend to scream and run when excited for this reason and for the safety of your children, we do not allow any children under the age of 5 years into the social hours.

16. Aggressive dogs are not permitted to join social hour. Dogs must be removed at the first sign of aggression. If you feel that your dog has issues with aggression, please speak to a staff member and they will help to advise you. If your dog has resource guarding issues, please alert a member of staff before joining social hour.

17. Dog owners must keep their lead in hand always.

18. You may only have a maximum of 2 dogs per guardian at one time, unless there is another adult accompanying you.

19. Food in bowls or long lasting chews for dogs are not permitted. Small bite sized training treats are allowed. Water will be provided. Frisbee, balls and retrieval toys are allowed and encouraged, but be prepared to share with other visitors.

20. I agree to listen to the advice given by the staff at Positive Dog Training and accept to follow through when instructions are given to you in a speedy manner I understand that during social hour staff may take a photo of my dogs for our social media pages and give my consent. 

Social Hour in action!

Please contact us at http://positivedogtrainingdublin.com/contact.php if you have any questions or queries about this or any of our other services, we would be delighted to hear from you.


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