Socialization is one of the most crucial components to raising a puppy (read more about the importance of socialization from the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior). Along with learning the appropriate way to play with other dogs, exposing your puppy to new dogs when he is young can help prevent behavioral problems as he matures. During our Puppy Romps you can introduce your puppy to other healthy puppies and allow them to run, play and socialize!
Puppy Romps are broken into two age groups (9 – 12 weeks and 13 – 20 weeks) and each group is run a bit differently. Please make sure you attend the appropriate session based on your puppy’s age (see below), regardless of your puppy’s size. Once you arrive for Romp, our trainers may further divide the group according to your pup’s size and social comfort level. If your puppy has shown signs of fear or aggression towards other puppies, please contact us prior to attending.
Oregon Humane Society – Manners Hall
1067 NE Columbia Blvd, Portland, OR 97211 Get directions»
Manners Hall is in the Animal Medical Learning Center.
Please arrive on time. Clients arriving more than five minutes late may not be admitted. Thank you!
$5 per session.
Proceeds from registration fees support the animals and programs at OHS. Thank you!
Your puppy must be:
- Attending the romp appropriate for their age (i.e.: 9 – 12 weeks; 13 – 20 weeks).
- Up-to-date on vaccinations. Your puppy must have received at least one round of a distemper/parvo combination vaccine at least seven days prior to attending Romp. Bordetella vaccine is recommended. Rabies vaccination and spay/neuter are not required since dogs are under 7 months of age.
- Healthy and free of any symptoms of illness. No coughing, sneezing, diarrhea, vomiting, etc. within 24 hours of Romp.
Please be sure your puppy is wearing a well-fitted collar or harness and a 4 – 6 foot leash that they can drag during play. Please bring a variety of treats with you as well.
If your puppy is not fully vaccinated, we recommend carrying them from your car to the lobby and holding them on your lap while you wait for your Romp to begin. We clean and disinfect Manners Hall before each Romp, so your puppy can safely play on the floor.
Please bring a completed Puppy Romp Agreement with you to your first Puppy Romp. If you’d rather sign the form in person, we recommend you arrive 10 minutes early to review the agreement. Thanks!
Puppy Romp 1: 9 – 12 weeks Sign up now!
Sunday, November 24, 2019, 5 -5:45 pm Sold out*
Sunday, December 15, 2019, 5 – 5:45 pm
Saturday, December 21, 2019, 12:30 – 1:15 pm
This group will focus around social interaction, play time and confidence building. We will divide the puppies into groups matching play styles and confidence levels. We’ll also introduce your puppy to novel surfaces and sounds. Our trainers will help owners learn when to step in, what’s appropriate play and be on hand to answer all your puppy raising questions.
Puppy Romp 2: 13 – 20 weeks
Sunday, November 17, 2019, 5 – 5:45 pm Sold out*
Sunday, December 8, 2019, 5 – 5:45 pm Sold out*
Saturday, December 21, 2019, 2:15 – 3 pm Sold out*
As puppies build confidence, strength and enthusiasm, they often require more structure. This group will still allow play time, but our trainers will add training in to build impulse control and encourage more appropriate socialization with other dogs, and a variety of new and different objects. Our focus with this group is socialization, with more emphasis on proper greetings and play.
Register now to reserve your spot at a Romp!
*We do not keep a waitlist for Puppy Romps. If the Romp you are interested in attending is sold out, you are welcome to try to attend as a walk-in participant. If all pre-registered puppies show up for a session, walk-ins may not be able to participate.
Can’t afford to attend, but have a young puppy that needs socialization? Contact us.