Positive Reinforcement Training: Why it Works

Proper training is a key component of a happy, relaxed dog who can enjoy the company of humans and other animals. When it comes to training methods, there are plenty of options out there, but most boil down to one of two things: positive or negative reinforcement. 

The team at Dupont Veterinary Clinic is here to take a look at the difference between negative and positive reinforcement training to help you decide what’s right for your pet.

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Dupont Veterinary Clinic’s Top 5 Blogs of 2020!

Oh 2020… You rascal of a year. You’ve certainly had more than your fair share up ups and downs and, truth be told, we are not necessarily sad to see you go.

Yet, for all the challenges you’ve thrown at us, one thing most of us can agree on is that it has been a banner year for our pets! Pet adoption boomed in the face of the pandemic. Many of us were home more than usual, resulting in an increase of snuggles, daily walks, and overall companionship. And, many of you took advantage of your time to learn more about your pets’ quirks, behaviors, and health needs.

We appreciate you, our readers, for turning so often to Dupont Veterinary Clinic’s pet health blog. It warms our hearts that you entrust your pets’ care to our team.

And now, without further ado…

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Cuteness Overload: Guinea Pig Care and Keeping

Ever so adorable and endearing, guinea pigs have long-enjoyed their status as popular family pets, particularly for those looking to adopt a fur-friend that is both inexpensive and non-destructive. 

That said, there are also a slew of popular misconceptions about guinea pigs. These misnomers include the belief that they are low-maintenance pets who do not require much space, social interaction, or veterinary care. 

Whether you are considering adopting a guinea pig, or already have, it’s important to educate yourself on guinea pig care and what these adorable creatures need to not only survive, but thrive as a member of your furry family.

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The Digital Age: The Role of Digital Imaging in Veterinary Medicine

Technology gets better (and faster) almost every day, and veterinary medicine has benefited from these innovations. Over the last century we have gone from James Herriot-style farm vets to the ability to perform organ transplants – a pretty remarkable jump, in our estimation. 

At Dupont Veterinary Clinic, veterinary technology is particularly visible in our daily imaging abilities. From X-rays to ultrasound and beyond, digital imaging in veterinary medicine is improving and changing for the better all the time. 

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Celebrating Veterinary Technicians and the Extraordinary Services They Provide

While most pet owners refer to their primary veterinarian when speaking of their pet’s medical care, you may be surprised just how much a veterinary technician does. In fact, veterinary technicians are the first to assess your pet, as well as provide important screening and diagnostic services. They are an essential part of a successful, high quality veterinary practice.

The team at Dupont Veterinary Clinic wants to put a spotlight on how essential our fantastic technicians are and the expertise, education, drive, and compassion required for the job.

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The Skinny on the Scaly: The Best in Basic Reptile Care

Reptiles are fun, interesting, unusual, and intelligent. While not as fluffy or playful as other household pets, snakes, lizards and turtles can bring a lot of joy to owners of various experience levels. 

For many people with allergies to feathers or fur, reptiles offer a great alternative to traditional pet ownership. Plus, when done right, it can be gratifying to take part in reptile care.

Reptile care can be challenging but gratifying. It is highly specific and requires close attention to detail. 

Here’s what any new or prospective reptile parent needs to know on basic reptile care.

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A Corny Conundrum: Why Do My Dog’s Paws Smell like Corn Chips?

No one ever thinks a dog smells great all of the time. In fact, most doggos have a musty odor to them, especially when they get wet. But if you have ever gotten a quick whiff of your dog’s feet, it may have reminded you of something… Is that… corn chips? 

“Frito feet” may seem like a mystery, but we get the question of, “Why do my dog’s paws smell like corn chips?” all the time. 

Your friends at Dupont Veterinary Clinic are here to uncover the reasons beyond this strange smell and what you can do to keep your pet’s paws healthy and stank-free.

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Why You Should Consider Adopting A Disabled Pet

When a prospective pet owner is on the lookout for a new pet, a deaf cat or three-legged dog probably isn’t what they’re searching for. The truth is, life with a disabled pet can be just as rewarding, if not more so, than with that “perfect” puppy or kitten.

Unfortunately, disabled pets aren’t adopted very often, if at all. By bringing home a disabled pet, you will not only be saving a life, you’ll be reaping all of the wonderful health, social, and psychological benefits associated with living with a pet!

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Get to Know Your Dupont Veterinary Clinic Doctors! 

If you’ve spent any time with us here at Dupont Veterinary Clinic, you know that we place a huge emphasis on the relationship between our staff and you.

An important part of providing your pet with the caring and professional service they deserve is cultivating a relationship between our staff and you! 

To help you get to know us a little better, we sat down for a little Q and A session with our doctors. Some of their answers to our questions may surprise you!

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Coming Through With Flying Colors: House Training A Puppy 

When you bring a new puppy into your home, you can count on a few accidents… to say the least. This is just one aspect of the joys of being a new puppy owner. But house training a puppy doesn’t have to be difficult, or take forever. There are several effective and positive ways to get you and your pup successfully through the process. 

Remember that whatever method you choose, stick with it and be consistent. Keep reading for some tips from the Dupont Veterinary Clinic.

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