September 9, 2019

It's been a long road getting this new company up and off the ground. We started as a company for us to simply have puppy classes through Franklin Farm Vet Clinic. Over the last 6+ months, our team has been transitioning from the Veterinary Referral Center to our own s...

June 3, 2019

Dr. Ropski traveled to Puerto Rico with other volunteers from the Lucky Dog Animal Rescue. Lucky Dog is a foster based rescue organization in the DC area that brings animals from Florence SC, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico for adoption.

During this yearly trip to the island...

April 16, 2019

We are incredibly excited to announce that the Behavior Division that you know and love is growing. When Dr. Pike first started at the Veterinary Referral Center of Northern Virginia in September 2016, we had fewer than 5 cases a week. Now, less than 3 years later, we'...

July 12, 2018

In the popular HBO series, Game of Thrones, Arya Stark trains with the Braavosi master-sword fighter, Syrio Forel. He claims the only true God is Death.

There is only one thing you say to death:

“Not today.”

Unfortunately, for many of the families we help, sometimes today...

July 2, 2018

“Don’t take your puppy anywhere until the last round of shots is completed”

That’s what we used to tell our clients… back in my day. No, really, we did. And I’ve only been out of veterinary school for 15 years (yikes… I don’t really want to think about that). But, we we...

June 30, 2018

This weekend we're making the final adjustments to our puppy socialization class. There is so much for a young puppy to learn in such a short period of time. It would be so much easier if we could download all this information into the brains of new pet owners (Matrix...

June 13, 2018

I grew up watching Cesar Milan. I thought he was magical and could do all sorts of wonderful things with these vicious, evil dogs. At one point, I think Merial even had a contract with him to help market their flea/tick and heartworm prevention. There was a big poster...

June 8, 2018

Today we had a 10-something year old dog come in to see us for sudden increase in aggression. He'd had a tough time lately: just moved back to the states, crazy little boys running around, an anxious sister, and a patchy history. He has a lot of baggage and, considerin...

June 3, 2018

At some point in my career as a behaviorist, I had the experience of attending a training class with one of my own dogs at a facility (that shall remain nameless) which claims to use only positive reinforcement-based (R+) training. However, within 10 minutes of being t...

May 30, 2018

As many of you know by now, I come from a medical background. I entered the world of behavior as a licensed technician originally to help my patients tolerate medical procedures and handling. Cooperative veterinary care (CVC), is what they call it these days. One of th...

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