Animal Behavior Wellness Center

Animal Behavior Wellness Center

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Ahhhhh so many amazing free webinars coming up!

Is it really separation anxiety? From Dr Moira Hechenleitner Moira Hechenleitner Vergara

Cooperative Care Unleashed with Dr Linlin Cao Linlin Cao

Helping the Undersocialized Dog with Jesse Scheip of Animal Behavior Wellness Center

Managed walks for every dog with Karishma Warr of Calm Canine Academy

To sign up, go to everydogaustin.org/webinars

Several of these speakers are part of our Maddie’s Fund Speaker Series! Check them out at everydogaustin.org/speakers #ThanksToMaddie
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Join us for our May free webinars!
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This Sat, May 7th, join us and Robin Bennett, CPDT-KA, Ruffly Speaking and The Dog Gurus, for Handling Loose Dogs - How to Stay Safe When You’re Walking Your Dog.
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On Sun, May 15th, join us and Marnie Montgomery, PMCT4, CPDT-KA, Joyful Dog , for Advice for Adopters & Puppy Parents.
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And on Sat, May 21st, join us and Amy Pike, DVM, DACVB, Animal Behavior Wellness Center , for Dog Sociability - A Veterinary Behaviorist Explains How it Affects Behavior.
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Lahey is a dog with, ahem, quirks.

She has feelings about squirrels, cars, lights and shadows, body handling, people approaching the car… and the list goes on. She is SO lucky to have found a Mama who is committed to working through her list of quirks with a full team (including Animal Behavior Wellness Center and Kingsbrook Animal Hospital!) supporting her.

Tonight, we went on a walk in Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Frederick - a great location for dogs worried about cars! Lahey has a tendency to either plant herself and refuse to continue walking, or pull full speed in a panic to get back to safety (her car). We worked through a couple little road blocks, did some troubleshooting and investigating, and came up with plans for future sessions, as well.

Keep an eye out over the next 6 weeks to see how we’re approaching this whack-a-mole training challenge!

It was great to see you again, Lahey! 😘
h/t Animal Behavior Wellness Center We couldn't agree more.
"We here at ABWC cannot thank our colleagues in emergency medicine enough for all you do! Because of you, we get to stay home with our families and pets and enjoy opening gifts and stuffing ourselves silly with food. To all of our ER friends- may the cases be simple, the clients be grateful and the veins be good and not rolly! To all of our clients- Here is hoping none of our patients need the veterinary ER this holiday week but know our colleagues are working tirelessly if you do."
Another great visit. Thank you! Loki is very happy
Brinks has been waiting for his behavior eval at Animal Behavior Wellness Center, and Saturday is the day! In preparation of his availability for adoption, his foster mom wrote a message on their Instagram page @honeypieandfosterfriends. Here's what she had to say:

Brinks will be available for adoption after his visit to the Animal Behavior Wellness Center on Saturday, Oct 9th!
Brinks deserves the best forever family that a dog could ever want, and we are going to help him find that family 🧡
Brinks has had many leash introductions with other dogs, and enjoys meeting both female and male dogs, and both big and small dogs.
Brinks has learned how to adapt his play style to match his foster sister’s, and now sometimes plays “her way”. Brinks’s favorite way to play though is John Cena style “Power Slams” off of any nearby object and onto nearby dogs. If his forever family has another dog, it would be best if that dog enjoyed or at least tolerates dramatic wrestling-style play!
Brinks loves walks outside, in the neighborhood, downtown or in the woods! Doesn’t matter where you’re going, he loves being outside and wants to go too! He has a slow, rambling gait and doesn’t pull on the leash unless he sees a nearby 🐿 squirrel.
Thanks for following along with Brinks’s journey! We will continue to share all new updates with you and hope that you can help us find his forever family by sharing our posts and stories and sending interested families to Vindicated Pit Bull Rescue- Brinks’s rescue organization
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Puppy Socialization - what is it? The first few weeks with your puppy are an important developmental stage in your puppy’s life! This is when you want to start introducing your puppy to new people, other animals, and strange things they may not see on a daily basis. It’s important to make sure your puppy is building POSITIVE associations with their world, so keep a close eye on their body language. If your puppy is on the shy side, let them take things at their own their own pace, and make sure they have the option to back away or leave a situation that makes them uncomfortable. This is also an ideal time to introduce your puppy to new and novel things, like strollers, people in big hats, big garbage cans, skateboards, people in winter coats - literally any and everything! There are some great puppy socialization classes offered in our area as well, at Animal Behavior Wellness Center WOOFS! Dog Training Center LLC Fur-Get Me Not and Your Dog's Friend

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So you got a puppy… now what? We’ll be featuring some helpful tips for life with a new puppy, but today we’re starting with the basics. What do you need to get started?
🐾 A puppy. A soft, squishy, wild, adorable puppy. This is the easy part.
🐾 A puppy raising book. We highly recommend “Puppy Start Right” by Debbie Martin, RVT and Kenneth Martin, DVM. This book is packed full of great info to get you started off on the right foot with your new pup.
🐾 Treats. The softer and smellier the better! You’ll want very tiny treats so your pup doesn’t fill up, and so you can give plenty of rewards for good behavior!
🐾 Puppy classes. These are SO important! Your puppy should meet new people and other dogs in a safe, controlled environment, ideally with trainers present to monitor behavior. We love the puppy classes offered at Animal Behavior Wellness Center WOOFS! Dog Training Center LLC and Fur-Get Me Not
🐾 A super awesome vet clinic to guide you through puppyhood. We make sure your pup is healthy and vaccinated, and answer any and all pet related questions with patience and compassion.
🐾 Speaking of patience, you’re going to need a lot of it. Raising a puppy can be time consuming, exhausting, and sometimes frustrating, but we promise if you put in all the work doing basic training foundations now, you’ll have a fantastic best friend for life.

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It’s a two-webinar weekend!
Join us tomorrow, Sat, July 17 at 2 PM ET for Helping the Under-Socialized Dog, presented by Jessey Scheip, Boarded Behavior Nurse, Animal Behavior Wellness Center
Then, this Sun, July 18, join us at 2 PM ET with Small and Tall Dog Training with Lisa Arant for Advice for Adopters and Puppy Parents!
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The love of a dog is like no other. RIP Champ... have fun at the Rainbow bridge with all your friends. Run free.
Is there a list somewhere on the internet for all BCVBs that I can post on my Boxer pages. There a lot of folks who need help.
Don't delay! The stands are out and selling fireworks already.

Animal Behavior Wellness Center We are a behavior specialty practice located in Virginia. Similar to psychiatry and behavioral therapy in humans, our practice focuses on the mental and emotional well-being of our patients.

Our purpose is to screen companion animals for significant behavioral disorders, diagnose them, and develop treatment plans to assist in their rehabilitation.

Operating as usual

Why Dr. Amy Pike is fearless and fabulous 05/06/2022

Why Dr. Amy Pike is fearless and fabulous

More reasons to love our Fearless and Fabulous Dr. Amy Pike!

Did you know that before opening Animal Behavior Wellness Center Dr. Pike was a Captain and Active-Duty U.S. Army Veterinarian caring for Military Working Dogs and horses? And caring for MWD’s returning from deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan with symptoms of what we now know as Canine Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is what sparked her interest in behavioral medicine? Check out this cool bio for more interesting details about our favorite Board Certified Veterinary Behaviorist!

Animal Behavior Wellness Center
https://www.abwellnesscenter.com
Treatment. Training. Compassion.

Why Dr. Amy Pike is fearless and fabulous Vet Candy is your trusted source for veterinary news and expert advice.

05/05/2022

When you're THIS CUTE it's bound to happen... Everyone wants to say hello. Strangers might even run up, reach out and touch you without consent.

Coco used to struggle with all of that attention. The countless outstretched hands and attempts to touch her were overwhelming, which made life unpredictable and scary. But today, Coco decides for herself what is appropriate as an active and willing participant in every human interaction. Kisses were on the agenda at today's visit with Dr. Pike, where she confidently greeted staff and spread the love with wags and wiggles.

When treatment and training are successful, ABWC patients graduate to the care of their primary providers. It's with pride (and possibly a tear in our eye) that Coco is moving on from ABWC - and well on her way to living her best life! We love you Coco! And we'll always be here to help 💖

Animal Behavior Wellness Center
https://www.abwellnesscenter.com
Treatment. Training. Compassion.

04/30/2022

Have you hugged a Vet today? Today is World Veterinary Day – a day to celebrate veterinarians, their work and their impact. Thank you, Dr. Pike, Dr. Ropski and Dr. Learn! Your unwavering commitment to animal health and welfare makes our world a better place. Shout out to your favorite veterinarian NOW! Let them know how much they are loved and appreciated.

Animal Behavior Wellness Center
https://www.abwellnesscenter.com
Treatment. Training. Compassion.

04/22/2022

Adopt the Pace of Nature. Her Secret is Patience. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Happy Earth Day to our Beautiful Planet! ABWC staff and our pets love to enjoy and appreciate nature and the great outdoors. How do you and your pets connect with nature? Please SHARE YOUR PICTURES! Let's see those beautiful babies!

Animal Behavior Wellness Center
https://www.abwellnesscenter.com
Treatment. Training. Compassion.

04/22/2022

Adopt the Pace of Nature. Her Secret is Patience. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Happy Earth Day to our Beautiful Planet! ABWC staff and our pets love to enjoy and appreciate nature and the great outdoors. How do you and your pets connect with nature? Please SHARE YOUR PICTURES! Let's see those beautiful babies!

04/15/2022

Do you really understand what your dog is thinking and feeling?

The first step in any great relationship is communication. Our dogs are constantly communicating - and it’s our job to learn what their bodies are saying. Learn their body language and how to avoid fearful or aggressive behavior.

Animal Behavior Wellness Center’s 90 minute interactive Dog Body Language Workshop explores how our dogs communicate with each other, and with us. It is a requirement for everyone who has or interacts with dogs, including (and especially) children.

Start building stronger bonds and lasting relationships with all the dogs in your life! Register Now!
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04/13/2022

The results are in and this week's winner is Ezzy! Our spring runway season ends with 2 wins each for OG Diva Nacho and her new sidekick, Ezzy. Thanks to our mystery contestant, Chewy, and thanks so much for having some fun with us!

Please visit Animal Behavior Wellness Center online to learn more about Board Certified Veterinary Behaviorist Amy L. Pike, DVM, DACVB, IAACB-CABC, our specialty behavior practice and our mission to restore and maintain strength in the human-animal bond. https://www.abwellnesscenter.com

04/11/2022

Do you really understand what your dog is thinking and feeling?

The first step in any great relationship is communication. Our dogs are constantly communicating - and it’s our job to learn what their bodies are saying. Learn their body language and how to avoid fearful or aggressive behavior.

Animal Behavior Wellness Center’s 90 minute interactive Dog Body Language Workshop explores how our dogs communicate with each other, and with us. It is a requirement for everyone who has or interacts with dogs, including (and especially) children.

Start building stronger bonds and lasting relationships with all the dogs in your life! Register Now!
https://app.acuityscheduling.com/schedule.php?owner=17762609&appointmentType=17453851

POLL: WHO WORE IT BEST? WEEK 4 04/08/2022

POLL: WHO WORE IT BEST? WEEK 4

Things are hoppin on this week's runway! An ear-resistable third contestant is striking a pose along side your favorite feline fashionistas! Does newcomer, Chewy, steal the show? Will Ezzy slay and stay in the #1 spot? Or can Nacho claw her way back to the top? VOTE MEOW!
https://poll.app.do/who-wore-it-best-week-4

POLL: WHO WORE IT BEST? WEEK 4 Our Mystery Contestant is Chewy!! Click to VOTE MEOW!

04/06/2022

Results are in, and this week's winner is... EZZY!, with 53.3% of the vote, this is Ezzy's first win! Nacho's sassy behavior on last week's runway may have influenced the audience 👅 The girls will be facing a new, mystery competitor this week. Things are about to get hare-y... stay tuned!

04/04/2022

How do we advocate for our anxious pets? Kygo knows! His parents practice outstanding management strategies by advertising his anxiety on this SMART bandana! - they are also walking Kygo on a head halter & fixed-length leash, keeping a loaded treat pouch 😊 and implementing all the techniques they learned in ABWC's Reactive Dog Class!!! Dr. Pike's treatment + training + management = Safe and happy walks! We love this and we love you, Kygo! Keep up the great work!

photo courtesy : Sarah G.

POLL: WHO WORE IT BEST? NACHO VS. EZZY - WEEK 3 03/31/2022

POLL: WHO WORE IT BEST? NACHO VS. EZZY - WEEK 3

It's time for more runway competition! The girls are channeling Disney princesses in shimmering chiffon and Nacho is feeling extra sassy thanks to her back-to-back wins. Can Nacho win for the third week in a row? Or is Ezzy your favorite feline fashionista? VOTE MEOW!
https://poll.app.do/who-wore-it-best-nacho-vs-ezzy-week-3

POLL: WHO WORE IT BEST? NACHO VS. EZZY - WEEK 3 VOTE MEOW!

03/31/2022

Polar bear gets x-rays like a champion | Arctic Vets

Teaching a Polar Bear to cooperate for getting xrays, without force, pain or intimidation! We can do this for ANY animal ❤️💙💚

03/30/2022

Week 2 results are in! With 56.3% of the vote, OG Diva, Nacho, is your winner! Can Nacho hang on to the top spot for another week and keep her streak alive? Or will Ezzy's next lewk be the one you love? Stay tuned...

03/29/2022

Today is terrier-tastic at ABWC! Dr. Pike is surrounded by terriers and loving every second of it. Finley and Kenzie are here for their yearly exams and doing great thanks to treatment, training and Mom's careful management. Following Finley's Rules keeps everyone safe and happy!

WHO WORE IT BEST? NACHO VS. EZZY - WEEK 2 03/24/2022

WHO WORE IT BEST? NACHO VS. EZZY - WEEK 2

WHO WORE IT BEST? NACHO VS. EZZY - WEEK 2 Who wore it best? VOTE MEOW!

WHO WORE IT BEST? NACHO VS. EZZY - WEEK 2 03/24/2022

WHO WORE IT BEST? NACHO VS. EZZY - WEEK 2

This week's lewks are a nod to DC's Cherry Blossom Festival! Can OG Diva, Nacho, win again? Or is it Ezzy's week to bloom? Who wore it best? VOTE MEOW!
https://poll.app.do/pg/who-wore-it-best-nacho-vs-ezzy-week-2

WHO WORE IT BEST? NACHO VS. EZZY - WEEK 2 Who wore it best? VOTE MEOW!

03/23/2022

Who Wore it Best? - Week 1 Results are in!! With 51.4% of the vote, OG Diva, Nacho, takes the week 1 win! Go girl!

03/23/2022

What's warm and wiggly and smells like puppy breath? PUPPIES!! National Puppy Day is the perfect time to scroll through your favorite puppy pics and share the love! SHOW US YOUR PUPPIES!!

POLL: WHO WORE IT BEST? NACHO VS. EZZY - WEEK 1 03/21/2022

POLL: WHO WORE IT BEST? NACHO VS. EZZY - WEEK 1

This week's poll is CURRENTLY TIED!!, with each diva receiving 50% of the vote! Don't forget to cast your ballot for pick of the week! Continue to vote 1x/day to ensure your favorite v***n is victorious! Stay tuned for results and more runway competition... new lewks land 03/23.

POLL: WHO WORE IT BEST? NACHO VS. EZZY - WEEK 1 It's time for a trip down ABWC's runway! The catwalk is heating up and our first week's lewks are officially served! It's OG diva, Nacho, vs. new girl, Ezzy! Who is your favorite feline fashionista of the week? VOTE MEOW!

POLL: WHO WORE IT BEST? NACHO VS. EZZY - WEEK 1 03/17/2022

POLL: WHO WORE IT BEST? NACHO VS. EZZY - WEEK 1

It's time for a trip down ABWC's runway! The catwalk is heating up and our first week's lewks are officially served! It's OG diva, Nacho, vs. new girl, Ezzy! Who is your favorite feline fashionista of the week? VOTE MEOW!

POLL: WHO WORE IT BEST? NACHO VS. EZZY - WEEK 1 It's time for a trip down ABWC's runway! The catwalk is heating up and our first week's lewks are officially served! It's OG diva, Nacho, vs. new girl, Ezzy! Who is your favorite feline fashionista of the week? VOTE MEOW!

03/14/2022

It is with mixed emotions that ABWC announces the upcoming departure of Dr. Meaghan Ropski, who is completing her current residency in behavior medicine with Dr. Pike and will be leaving our practice on July 31, 2022.

For the past three years, Dr. Ropski has been an integral part of our practice. She's been with us since our grand opening and helped successfully navigate our way through Covid shutdowns. Although we will miss her energetic spirit and careful, considerate nature, we share her excitement for having completed this major milestone. We remain proud and supportive of her new venture, and all that lies ahead. Congrats, Dr. Ropski! We wish you the best, and thank you for everything you have done for us, our clients, and our patients over the years!

ABWC deeply values our clients and patients. Dr. Pike and Team ABWC remain dedicated to providing all of our patients with ongoing and follow-up care. Therefore, we are extremely excited to announce that Dr. Esther Eng will begin a behavior residency under the mentorship of Dr. Pike at ABWC Fairfax Campus, Fall 2022! More details to come ...

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A Tragic Start

It’s pretty common for people who work with “special needs” animals to have an emotional connection to the field. Growing up, I remember my family once saying “the only people who want to learn psychology are those who want to learn more about themselves.” The same can be true for animals. We all sought behavior medicine because, at one time or another, we had an animal that we didn’t know what to do with. Whether that’s because one of our dogs aggressively attacked their vet or our cats beat each other up on a regular basis or maybe we were just tired of seeing our patients, who we’re supposed to be helping, panic and lash out at us because we didn’t know how to deal with them.

The books are great. They help you learn the basics of dog training, how to feed your pet, exercise them, buy them the best beds, but there is so much more to it than that. That’s where the help from books end and we come in. Our passion is to help people avoid our experiences. We want you to avoid feeling alone, frustrated, isolated, guilt-ridden... because you don’t have to. Using science based, professionally tested products, medication, and communication techniques, we focus on bringing strength back into the human-animal bond. Let us help you love your pet more fully.

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