Best Puppy Socials in the Bay Area

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Best Puppy Socials in the Bay Area

By Dr. Jess Trimble

Congrats and welcome to the world of puppy parenting! 

One of the most important developmental stages of your puppy’s life is the socialization period, which happens from 7 weeks to 4 months of age. What happens during this period will affect their personality and interactions with people, pets and things in his/her environment. The purpose of socialization is to introduce and get your pup use to the sights, sounds, smells and interactions of their various surroundings in a positive manner. The end goal is for your dog to be confident, happy and well-mannered.  Improper socializing or a lack of socialization can result in behavioral problems later in life.

Puppy socials allow your pup to interact with other people and puppies in a supervised and controlled environment, often with a trainer or two to reinforce positive behaviors and discourage detrimental ones. They’re also great for getting that energetic pupper ready for a sound sleep. Below you’ll find a list of local organizations that host awesome puppy socials across the Bay Area.  Please check with each organization before attending for various requirements such as updated vaccination records, pre-registration, etc.

San Francisco

SF Puppy Prep (COVID-19 NOTICE: Puppy Socials are CANCELLED until further notice)

  • Socials are designed for pups 9-18 weeks of age
  • Every Tuesday: 7:15-8:15pm, Friday: 6:00-7:00pm, and Sunday: 10:30-11:30am


  • Socials are designed for pups no older than 18 weeks of age and their person or two (you can check out their adolescent class for older pups).
  • Every Wednesday: 7:30-8:30pm and Saturday: 12:30-1:30pm (with a few exceptions)

East Bay

Bravo!Pup (Oakland & El Cerrito)

  • Socials are designed for pups 9 to 16 weeks of age
  • Every Monday (5:15pm – 6pm) and Wednesday and Friday (6:00pm – 6:45pm)

South Bay & Peninsula

    Peninsula Humane Society (San Mateo)

    • Socials are designed for pups 6 months of age and younger
    • Every Tuesday 6:15-7:15pm (hours very with seasonality)

    Wag Hotels (Santa Clara, Redwood City, San Francisco, Oakland and Sacramento)

    • Offers free puppy socialization groups at their various locations – times vary by location so check online first!
    Puppy & Kitten