Positive Paws Pet Services

Serving La Plata, MD and surrounding communities

(804) 393-0998

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Resources for Pet Parents

The Fear Free Happy Homes website provides pet parents with tons of helpful information about the Fear Free movement and your role as a pet parent in reducing fear, anxiety, and stress in your pet. Basic membership is free, but premium memberships are available for access to all of the content and Purrks ($4.99/month or $49.99 annually).

Decoding Your Dog - Canine Behavior for Dog Parents

Decoding Your Dog: Explaining Common Dog Behaviors and How to Prevent or Change Unwanted Ones is a book for pet parents and professionals alike.


“Although this book has a scientific basis, it was written in a manner that is easily understandable for laypersons. Decoding Your Dog will be a valuable addition to the library of any small-animal practitioner or dog owner.” –Angela Bockelman, DVM, Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association

I recommend every dog owner read this book, regardless of your level of experience with dogs. It gives great insight into canine behavior, body language, and communication between pet and pet owner. Click here to find it on Amazon.

American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior

The AVSAB is the veterinary industry’s leader for all things behavior. Please consult their position statements to learn why training using dominance theory and punishment is ineffective and problematic; puppy socialization is crucial; and positive veterinary visits are essential for everyone. All position statements are available here,

For significant behavior problems, locate a board certified veterinary behaviorist who can help.

Find an AAHA-accredited animal hospital

Veterinary practices must meet minimum standards set by the state in which they are located, but the American Animal Hospital Association holds practices to a voluntary set of higher standards. In North America, less than 20% of veterinary practices are accredited. Learn more about AAHA accreditation and find an accredited practice near you.

Locate a Fear Free Certified veterinarian, trainer, or groomer near you!

If you're looking for a groomer in southern Maryland, I recommend Bark of the Town in downtown La Plata.