Family Veterinary
Mobile Clinic

Call or Text 1-800-993-7941

Serving the Sanford and 

Southern Pines areas of North Carolina

Winter 2024 Newsletter

From Family Veterinary Mobile Clinic
Cute picture of dogs with a background of a rustic painted wood heart that serves no purpose

Some of you noticed that our website had a bit of a temper tantrum early this year. I decided to take the opportunity to rebuild it better than ever. Not all the content is done yet, but you can see that we have huge plans in the works! The new website is designed as a store with departments for cats, dogs, pet lovers, and things for the pet-loving home. Each department is filled with free guides as well as products, services, and courses. So take a look around. If you want us to work on something in particular, we’ll try our best to get it done next. Just drop us an email at familyvetmobile@gmail.com.

February Is National Dog Training Month

There’s no time like the present to get your dog trained! It’s literally never too late to teach your dog new tricks. Using Positive Reinforcement, you can enhance your relationship with your dog by effectively and compassionately communicating the behaviors you want.

 

Positive reinforcement training is easy, fast, and much more effective than punishment-based training. Why? Because instead of telling your dog the 18,692,481 things you do NOT want them to do, you reward your dog for the ONE thing you DO want when you ask! Simple, clear, and effective.

Dogs trained with positive reinforcement are more confident, learn new behaviors faster, and obey cues quicker than dogs trained with punishment. You also don’t run the risk of hurting your dog, unlike with punishment tools such as shock, prong, and choke collars.

 

Dogs trained with punishment are more likely to have fear-based behavior problems than dogs raised in a supportive positive environment. Not only that, but you can REVERSE fear-based behaviors, even aggression, by using positive reinforcement.

"We have choices about how we communicate with our pets. We choose kindness and clarity."

Training Products

The items you need for positive reinforcement training your dog are strong properly-fitted flat buckle collar; a 6-foot leash; a clicker, whistle, or your voice; a treat pouch (or pockets); and treats.

That’s it! 

Dog training with positive reinforcement is cheap, fun, and easy.  Those are things I really like! 


Extra Help

 

Some dogs need a little extra help with leash walking. I love the 2 Hounds Design Freedom No-Pull Harness. I can walk 2 Huskies by myself with this harness. No kidding.

Training at Family Veterinary Mobile Clinic

Jael, our Fear Free and Animal Behavior College Certified Dog Trainer, has 10+ years of experience training dogs using positive reinforcement. Her commitment to keeping families together one lesson at a time has helped multiple clients enjoy their pets again.

 

We have in-person group classes starting on March 14. Courses are conducted at Kiwanis Family Park at 1800 Wicker Street, Sanford 27330. Meet in the field behind the splash pad in the center of the walking loop. Each course meets weekly on Thursdays for 6 sessions.

 

We also have private in-home training courses. Sign up for any course here: Training Sign-Up

Basic Adult Dog Obedience

This course is for dogs over 4 months of age at the start of the course. Meeting time is 6 pm.

Teach your dog the basic cues: focus, sit, down, stay, walk on a loose leash, and come. Get expert advice on any subject- nail trims, car rides, everything training-related! Plus help socialize your dog in a positive environment.  Learn more here.

Puppy Right Start Course

This course is for puppies 16 weeks and younger at the start of the course. The meeting time is 5 pm.

 

Your puppy will learn basic cues: focus, sit, down, stay, walk on a loose leash, and come. Learn how to trim nails and groom your puppy the Fear Free way. Get expert advice for crate training, housebreaking, and puppy-proofing your home. Most importantly, your puppy gets their essential early socialization! Learn more here

Dog Walk Club

Just a quick note that Dog Walk Club is still going strong!  We’ve been lucky with decent weather most of the time, I only had to cancel one walk so far this winter.  We meet in the Sanford area on the 1st Sunday of the month and in the Southern Pines are on the 3rd Sunday of the month for about an hour walk.  Then we hang out someplace dog-friendly for a bit and enjoy some well-deserved snacks and/or beverages.  Check out the Events on our website Community Page for the upcoming walks.

Update on Natasha

Last newsletter, I shared how I found one lab abnormality on my dog’s annual lab work that eventually led to a diagnosis of plasmacytoma. Natasha started chemotherapy and didn’t miss a beat. She was eating and active and happy, didn’t feel sick at all. Her lab values improved immensely and we were weaning her prednisolone dose down.

Unfortunately, Natasha developed a second kind of cancer, lymphoma, and it came on strong with hypercalcemia of malignancy. She developed a heart arrhythmia because of it, as well as profound weakness, and pancreatitis. Given her terrible prognosis with this new kind of cancer, we sadly elected to euthanize her in mid-January.

Dave, Annika, and I miss our sweet Natasha. Thank you all who asked about her and expressed condolences, it means a lot.

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