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Lee Wastler Trainer

Whether you’re moving to another state, or you’ve just adopted a new friend, here’s everything you need to know about finding a veterinarian that’s right for you.

Look for AAHA accreditation

It’s a good idea to choose an animal hospital that’s been accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA). Animal hospitals that choose to be accredited show they are committed to meeting -- or exceeding -- standards in a variety of different areas (approximately 900 standards, to be exact). An AAHA-accredited hospital goes above and beyond. They must prove to a third-party (AAHA) that they consistently provide the safest, highest quality care.

Hospitals that are accredited by AAHA meet high veterinary care standards. Each hospital voluntarily completes a detailed evaluation of its services and equipment. Then a practice consultant thoroughly evaluates the hospital to make sure it meets AAHA’s high standards in the areas of:

  • emergency services
  • pain management
  • contagious diseases
  • surgery and anesthesia
  • radiology services
  • pathology services
  • nursing care
  • diagnostic and pharmacy
  • dentistry
  • examination facilities
  • pet medical records
  • medical library
  • housekeeping and maintenance

An easy way to find AAHA-accredited hospitals is with the American Animal Hospital Association Hospital Locator.

Ask people like you

Get recommendations from friends or coworkers who feel the same way about their pets as you do. If you consider your pet a member of your family, ask people who think the same way.

If you’re moving far away

If you’re moving to another area, ask your current veterinarian for a recommendation. Area veterinary medicine associations also have lists of active members, often with special interests such as avian and exotic medicine.

Tour the practice

When you find an animal practice you think you like, ask for a tour. The hospital should be proud to show you its facility. During the tour ask yourself the following:

  • Is it clean?
  • Do the animals seem comfortable and safe?
  • Are dogs and cats separated?
  • Does the equipment look up-to-date?
  • Is there too much clutter?
Schedule a "get acquainted" meeting

The worst time to find a veterinarian is when your pet becomes ill and really needs one. Instead, schedule a brief get acquainted meeting so you and your pet can meet with the veterinarian. This meeting will allow you to ask about hospital practices and determine if this hospital is the “right fit” for both you and your pet. An effective veterinarian-owner-pet relationship is a partnership and communication is key.

Should your veterinarian have a specialty?

If you have a bird, you’ll want to find an avian animal veterinarian. If you have a fish, look for an aquatic animal veterinarian. Veterinarians should be able to care for all other types of animals. This includes the many different breeds of cats and dogs.

7 questions to ask a veterinary hospital

When considering a veterinarian, some basic questions you might ask:

  1. Can you request an appointment with a certain veterinarian? The answer should be yes.
  2. Do you have a large network of specialists if needed? The answer should be yes.
  3. What is your telephone policy? They should have educated staff available to answer your questions over the phone. But you should always be able to leave the veterinarian a message to call you back.
  4. What is your response to emergencies? If your pet has a serious emergency (automobile accident), the hospital should be able to see you immediately or arrange for your pet to go to another hospital that can.
  5. How long should I have to wait to schedule a routine appointment? Most practices should be able to schedule an appointment within a couple days to a week, depending on how busy they are, and how urgent your pet’s needs are.
  6. What types of payment methods do you offer? Ask the practice to make sure that they are set up to accept the types of payments you need.
  7. Do you have an email system where I can schedule appointments and ask questions? An increasing number of practices offer online services. Ask to see if they offer these types of services.

Keeping your pet healthy is very important. But your veterinarian can’t do it alone. It’s up to you to work in partnership with your veterinarian to give your pet the care he/she needs to live a healthier, happy life.

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Whether you have a new puppy or an adult dog, it is never too late to start training. While some people are content to merely share their space with their pets, others want to have a relationship with their dogs. Learning the basics of dog training can be very influential in developing the right kind of relationship.

There are many benefits to be garnered from the task of training your dog: 

  • Improved obedience
  • Impressive tricks
  • Housetraining
  • Calming aggressive or hyperactive dogs
  • Forming a closer bond with your puppy or dog.


Improved Obedience  

Perhaps one of the most rewarding benefits of comprehensive dog training is the lasting obedience it promotes.


There is certainly something to be said for having your dog come when you say, "Come!" and sit when you say, "Sit!" and stay when you say, "Stay!"


Not to mention the joys of coming home and not finding your shoes, newspapers, and/or sofa chewed or mangled beyond recognition!


In this course, we will show you techniques for creating and implementing a training program and charting your progress.


Impressive Tricks  

While tricks are not up everybody's sleeves, having a dog that can do them is not only a good conversation starter, it is also a great way to show off a bit.


There are any number of tricks that you can aim for, from polite pawing and shaking, fetching, and playing with a Frisbee all the way up to the professional tricks and obstacle course maneuvers you see on the television show Animal Planet. All of these depend on how much work you are willing to put into it.  



Who in the world wants a dog that is not housetrained? However, canines do not just come that way. Without someone to take the time and effort to properly house train your new puppy or dog, you will be in deep, well, doo-doo!


There are many different housetraining methods available, from paper training to kennel training, and several others.   


Calming Aggressive and/or Hyperactive Dogs  

No one wants a dog that is so aggressive or territorial that it bites, barks, snarls, or growls whenever you approach. On the other hand, a hyperactive dog that jumps on you, prances around without stopping, licks, or practically bowls you over with its tail is nearly as bad.


Fortunately, a little insight into why dogs behave the way they do will better equip you for modifying those behaviors. In addition, we will try to provide you with a few one-size-fits-all solutions that may bring about the changes you are after.


A Closer Bond


At its core, dog training is not so much about learning to control your dog as it is learning to communicate your wants, needs, and desires in a language that dogs can understand.


Each new trick you teach, every bad habit you break, and every command you master will bring you one step closer to a goal much higher than becoming a "master." With love, respect, patience, and dedication, you can build a powerful, unique, and dynamic relationship with your new dog or puppy that will give the term "man's best friend" a whole new meaning.


Come along with me as we explore the trials and tribulations, as well as the riches and rewards, of real and effective dog training.   ____________________________________________________________________   Four Dog Naming Tips:   1.  Avoid names that sound like commands. For example, the name Joe sounds like "No" when called.   2.  Names often reflect the character of your pet.  Observe your dog for a few days and see if the animal's personality suggests a name.  Is he or she regal? Does the dog always want to be the center of attention?  If so, how about  King or Star?   3.  Short, sweet, and easily recognizable names work best in getting your dog to be responsive.  Use a name that is one or two syllables, ending with a vowel, such as "Sadie" or "Rocky."  Do not choose a name that is too long or difficult to say.  A name such as "Sir Barks A Lot" will only confuse your dog.   4.  After you choose a name for your dog, make sure you use it often, so he or she can learn it quickly.  Do not raise your voice every time you call your dog, and use the name in positive, playful setttings, such as when you feed or pet the animal or play with him or her.
Lee Wastler Trainer
When your teaching your dog to walk on a leash and he or she pulls you like a race car it can be frustrating. So here's what ya do.....

When walking your dog on a leash remember to teach with money...... Like hot dog chunks or chicken. Use the treats to teach your dog to keep their eyes on you. Reward them everytime they look at you. Next keep them guessing when walking. When you see them start to pull stop and switch directions. After a while they will get it. Your dog will know that if they want to walk they must keep their attention on you and they will stay beside you without pulling. For more information give me a call. I'll be glad to help.
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Coming very soon! On 5-4-2017 our website should be complete. And then.....We will be uploading short instructional videos by our Trainers. We hope you will enjoy and get great training tips for your pups. Thanks!!!
Lee Wastler Trainer
Sometimes pet behavior problems seem overwhelming, but many can be managed with the application of a little knowledge and a little effort. Let me help you solve these issues.
Lee Wastler Trainer
Reward behaviors you want, rather than punishing behaviors you don’t want. Most of us are so accustomed to noticing “mistakes” our dogs make that it seems strange to notice and reward “good” behaviors. For example, your dog barks, so you yell at him to be quiet. Sure, a barking dog is hard to ignore. But what about when he’s calmly lying down? Most of us never consider rewarding calm, so the dog only gets rewarded with our attention (even yelling is attention) when he is doing something we don’t like. Naturally, he keeps doing those things! If, on the other hand, he gets attention for being calm, he will be calm more often. Make it a point to catch and reward your dog for doing something right. If your dog is engaged in a behavior that cannot be ignored (such as chewing the table leg), interrupt with a sharp verbal, “Eh-eh!” then lead him away from the area, ask him to sit, and give him a chew toy or other activity to keep him busy.