Fear Free Training

Dr. DiGiacomo is a certified “Fear Free” veterinarian, having undergone training in the most current stress- and fear-free handling techniques for your pets. NSVH strives to provide the most calm, stress-free environment for our patients. We have partnered with highly trained, well-respected trainers in the area who also embrace the “Fear free” and “Force free” training philosophy.


At Attention Dog Training

at attention training

At Attention Dog Training uses positive reinforcement based methods which will promote learning for your dog with long lasting effects. Science has shown that using harmful tools such as e-collars, prong collars, and whips only lead to long term psychological damage. At Attention’s trainer can help you understand your dog, which will foster positive communication between you and him/her. Dave, our master trainer, who is also a U.S. Army veteran, will get your dog sitting “at attention” in no time!

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Melanie Cerone, Ph.D.

Melanie Cerone

Given the serious nature of dog training and behavior modification, Melanie chooses to take a professional stance toward ongoing education. Should you choose to work with Melanie, she wants you to benefit from the very latest scientific research in and practical applications of learning theory, applied behavioral analysis, and training. And she wants you to enjoy the peace of mind of knowing you’re working with a trained professional dedicated to connecting the dots between your training goals and your training results.

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Pawsitive Reinforcement

Pawsitive Reinforcement

Pawsitive Reinforcement, LLC provides professional, experienced pet care and training for the Greater Philadelphia area. With over 10 years of experience, we can make sure that your furred, feathered, or scaled friends get the best possible treatment. Our training philosophy means that we focus on the positives, creating a fun environment in which animals want to train without fear of punishment, dominance, or force. We also apply those same tactics to pet-sitting, ensuring your pet is treated like family when you’re away!

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Cute pit bull

November 2, 2016

Who’s Gonna Bite?

In the veterinary industry, we frequently talk about how our perception of which dog breeds display aggressive behaviors differs significantly from the general public’s perception. Consider the recent attempt to ban pit bulls in Montreal: this legislation was met with much public outcry and has recently been suspended, pending further review. Most of us who work with […]

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Kittens sleeping

November 11, 2012

Veterinary Fact or Fiction?

After 7 years of practice in veterinary medicine, I have collected a number of “veterinary old wives’ tales”. There are many misconceptions common within the pet-owning community, and those of us who work in veterinary medicine tend to hear the same ones frequently. Some are of these old wives’ tales are cute and quirky, while […]

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Cat listening to music

August 8, 2016

They Hear Us. They Just Don’t Care.

If you’ve owned a cat, you won’t be surprised by this study. Scientists at the University of Tokyo have confirmed what us cat owners have known for years: cats can recognize our voices, yet they often choose to ignore us! To me, this is what makes cats so intriguing. We really have to work to […]

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