What is Progressive Veterinary Medicine? Marc Smith DVM – Natchez Trace Veterinary Services



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Marc Smith, DVM of Natchez Trace Veterinary Services in Nashville & Franklin TN:

If you’re interested in this concept of progressive veterinary medicine and what it means, let me start off by telling you a story.

I was a young veterinarian coming out. I knew what I was doing, strutting my stuff, and I had this tumor in this horse’s eye. And I’d been haggling around with it, spending all kind of money. Doing this, doing that, and nothing seemed to work. And one of my colleagues, who was an older gentleman, he said, “Marc, try some of this in this horse’s eye.”

Well, I didn’t believe him, but I did it because I didn’t really have anything else to do. And guess what? It made the tumor go away. I injected a medicine into the tumor. I took some older gentleman’s knowledge and I put it to use and I injected that tumor and gone. It was gone.

And so that kind of sums up this idea of progressive veterinary medicine. And what it means is, it means taking the old knowledge and mixing it with the new. It means taking the new and mixing it with the old. The Eastern and the Western, in a variety of treatments to ultimately help your pet. But then we take it a step further through this idea of communication, constant support in your decisions about your pets. Peace of mind that you’ve made the right choice. And we all deliver through giving you options so that you feel empowered, in control, so that you can make the best choice for your pet.

If you’re interested in this concept of progressive veterinary medicine, give us a call at 615-750-2248, and see how we can help your pet.

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Train your dog to STOP pulling on leash – Dog Training



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In other words- walking on a loose leash.
This video quickly outlines exercises to get your dog walking on a loose leash by your side. Put very basically FIRST you will teach the dog what you want them to do! And secondly, stop reinforcing them when they pull!

I demonstrate the exercise using a clicker, but if you do not have one, you can always use a verbal marker like yes etc. However you will get much faster and reliable results by using the clicker. If you hold the clicker in the same hand as the leash, and keep the treats in the other hand, you will find it easier to manage. Practice holding the leash, clicker, and treats when you do not have the dog attached to the leash yet, so you dont become overwhelmed.

A great book on loose leash walking, or how to stop your dog from pulling is-

My Dog Pulls. What Do I Do? by Turid Rugaas

You can get this book on www.dogwise.com and other places too. Its very short and has lots of pictures.

I would advise against using any forms of positive punishment when teaching any behavior, but especially leash walking, as startling or hurting a dog actually increases their stress hormones in their body causing the dog to be more hyperactive and more likely to become aroused and reactive towards other dogs and people (weather they want to greet them or not).

DO NOT DROP THE LEASH! I showed myself dropping the leash on a street with no cars/danger and another person there. This would happen during an emergency, if you trip or fumble. In no way do I support people who walk with their dogs off leash, you never can tell if a car will backfire, or who knows what, an earthquake etc with frighten your dog, and cause it to run into traffic. If you don’t like holding a leash, simply tie it to your waist like I do with my dogs. However walking in a safe place where dogs are allowed off leash is perfectly acceptable ๐Ÿ™‚

Happy Training!

Solving Counter Surfing – Dog Training



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This is a video on how to train your dog not to surf the counters or in other words put their paws up and eat food and items that are on your counters.
Remember to keep in mind that during training, items that your dog likes should NOT be left in reach on counters so that you don’t UNDO all the training you have just been doing. As nagging a turkey off the counter WILL train your dog to do it again!

At the beginning of the video you will see Tug my new puppy BEFORE I trained him, he would jump up and onto tables to lick them clean. At the end of the video you can see the results of one session that was a couple minutes long.

Tips:
1- Make sure the dog NEVER gets the food- it sounds obvious but some dogs are very FAST!
2- If he is struggling to look away from the food, either give him a hint by making an attention noise or take some steps away so he is not as close to the food
3- As he succeeds raise criteria
4- You can start off first with a carrot on the table but the reinforcement is something even better like Chicken
5- Watch my ‘leave it’ video for more information on teaching the leave it
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Dog training clicker training manners teaching a dog to not touch food on counters counter surfing stealing food