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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Bernese Mountain dog in deep snow

December 20, 2016

Baby, It’s Cold Outside

Our good friends at PetPlan have created a guide with some tips to keep our pups and kitties safe and healthy when the weather turns cold. Animal hospitals throughout the Philadelphia area see some specific cold-weather injuries and illnesses when the temperature drops. What are the most common cold-weather issues we see at Newtown Square […]

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Distemper virus

September 27, 2015

“Vaccine Reaction”? Probably Not.

Vaccinations are a scientific miracle. The number of human (and animal) lives saved by vaccinations cannot be overestimated. Once-common diseases such as canine distemper and feline panleukopenia have been virtually eliminated in vaccinated pets (I’ve only seen a handful of pets with these diseases, as opposed to some of my more seasoned colleagues, who used […]

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Rescue dog

June 25, 2014

Don’t Call Me Olivia!

*Update* Oliver has officially been adopted! See the comments at the bottom of this blog for more on his happy ending.   This story has a happy ending, but a not-so-pleasant beginning. Most of you know that Malvern Veterinary Hospital is fortunate to work with an amazing rescue group called Senior Dog Haven and Hospice […]

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