At the Animal Care Center, we believe that a well-trained pet helps make a happy family! The opposite is also true; an annoying pet with bad manners or bad habits can make life miserable for even the most tolerant.
Because of the impact pet behavior has on a pet family, we strive from the very first visit to help you understand pet behavior, pet training and the importance of early socialization. Your first few puppy or kitten visits will be dedicated as much to behavior and socialization as they will be to pet health and well-being.
Fear Free Visit
We assess your pet’s attitude at every visit, comparing him or her to other pets of the same age and breed. We are a certified Fear Free hospital, meaning we do everything in our power to reduce the stress associated with veterinary visits. We record your pet’s FAS score (Fear, Anxiety and Stress) at every single visit, in hopes of helping to minimize it at every subsequent visit.
Training your pet takes time and commitment from both you as the owner and us as your veterinarian. We offer a $5 credit on your account anytime you bring your pet into the hospital to have a treat, get weighed or just get a pat on the head by the staff and doctors. You can come in up to 20 times in a year to ease ALL of your pet’s concerns about heading into the hospital. It’s called a “Fear Free Visit”, and we are the only hospital around who will take the time to get to know your pet in this way!
Because there are a variety of training methods, we have three dog trainers on staff. One specializes in behavior while the other two focus on obedience training and socialization. All three use positive motivation and rewards for training. All three are available to our clients for consultations and for training. Early puppy socialization is offered regularly in puppy kindergarten classes held in the lobby, while larger obedience classes are offered at our sister facility The Utah Dog Park.
If you think that socialization and training are just for the dogs, think again! We are the only facility in the state to offer kitty kindergarten classes. Our feline friendly staff takes great pride in offering these classes regularly; your kitten will become more socialized and less stressed about visiting the hospital. Additionally, kittens can be taught to walk on a leash, sit, take medications, ride in a crate or a car quietly and even learn a few tricks.