Puppy Playcare

Practice Makes for a Perfect Puppy


Puppy Playcare combines training practice, play, and socialization. It is the ideal, “day off” for puppies in our Jumpstart Training Program and the perfect daycare alternative for older puppies and Jumpstart graduates.

Daily practice is vitally important for puppies to retain and perfect what they have learned. For puppies attending day training in our Jumpstart Program it is the ideal in-between day, with continued practice in potty training, ringing bells to go out, recall and distraction work – all combined in a play-filled day. Once your puppy graduates from Jumpstart the Playcare Program continues his education as he grows and matures during the first year. This is why Playcare is perfect for puppies of all ages.

What is the difference between Jumpstart and Playcare?


Jumpstart training days emphasize training sessions followed by play. Playcare days are for practice and review, weaving newly learned skills into a day filled with play. Puppies in both programs enjoy outdoor time and training at Ciel Blue Ranch and at the Hound House.

Playcare takes place Monday through Friday. Packages are available. 

Location: Ciel Blue is a private 2-acre ranch where puppies can run, play, swim and train in the safety of fenced pastures. A video of the ranch is below.




When is a good time to socialize my puppy?

Did you know that the first four months of your puppy’s life are critical to shaping his future behavior? Just like children, your puppy goes through a phase when his sociability outweighs his fear of new people, animals, and experiences. Before three months, it’s like your puppy knows no fear – he’ll be eager to explore his world and learn all he can. Our Playcare Program is also designed to provide the right blend of training play and socialization.

The best time to socialize your puppy is the moment you get him, the earlier the better. We agree with the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior, which says:

“The primary and most important time for puppy socialization is the first three months of life. During this time puppies should be exposed to as
 many new people, animals, stimuli and environments as can be achieved safely and without causing overstimulation manifested as excessive fear, withdrawal or avoidance behavior. For this reason, the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior believes that it should be the standard of care for puppies to receive such socialization before they are fully vaccinated.”