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Healing Springs Animal Hospital
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Healing Springs Animal Hospital
107 Nuckolls Curve Rd
Galax, VA
(276) 236-5103

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Volume III, Issue VII

September 2007


        Upcoming Events & Announcements

        Why Become a Certified Canine Good Citizen




Pet Portals Login






Upcoming Events & Announcements



Slentrol Canine Obesity


FREE Weight Reduction Clinic

Tuesday, September 11 at Healing Springs Animal Hospital

9AM to 5PM

Visit Healing Springs this Tuesday for a free weight reduction clinic including free samples, weight consultation, exercise programs, and education and literature on diets and drugs.  In addition, a Slentrol representative will be on hand to answer questions.   


Use your Pet Portal or call 236-5103 to make an appointment.  Walk-ins Welcome!


Diet Dog Biscuits



Science Diet


Carroll County Fair

Click here for The Official Carroll County, Virginia Fair Website

Lots of great things are going on at the Carroll County Fair the week ending September 15.

 Here are two of the pet related events we think you will enjoy.



Microchipping, Home Again, Microchip, lost, pets


Dog Show & Responsible Pet Ownership Day

Plus Low-Cost Microchipping by Healing Springs, Demonstrations, & Fun Dog Activities

Saturday, September 15, 9AM to 2PM, VFW Building in Hillsville, VA

(Kudos to the K-9 Kudos dog training class members who helped organize this event!)



9:00 to 10:30

Microchipping Clinic by Healing Springs & Home Again:  Microchips, lifetime registry, and annual membership to the Advanced Pet Recovery System for only $29.  Healing Springs is still the only vet in the region to participate in Home Again’s Advanced Pet Recovery System.  Thanks to the assistance of Home Again, this is the lowest price Healing Springs has ever offered for this package.  For more information on how a Home Again microchip can help your pet find its way home and on the new Advance Pet Recovery System, see the May 2007 AHB.


AKC Canine Good Citizen Test - $12.  All proceeds generated by this test go to help the Healing Springs H.E.L.P. Fund.  All types of dogs can take the test.  Not familiar with the American Kennel Club’s Canine Good Citizen certification?  Learn how to prove your dog is a good dog.  See the article below.


Update your Pet ID Tags now with Healing Springs Webstore


10:30 to Noon

Trained Dog Demonstrations & Talks

Search & Rescue Dog Demonstration       Police Dog Demonstration

Advanced Obedience Dogs                   Therapy Dog Work




Noon to 1:00

Dog Show

$2 entry fee (or Noon to 3:00 package - $8)

Handler Age Groups: (1) 14 & under      (2) 15 & over

Categories: (sign up at event)

Best Trick

Best Dressed

Cutest Big and Little Pair of Dogs

Best Spots

Owner – Dog Look-a-Like

Prettiest Pure Bred

Magnificent Mut


Dog Training Classes hosted by Healing Springs


1:00 to 3:00

Paw Painting: $3 per painting

Make Your Own Dog Bandana: $5

Continuation of Microchipping and Canine Good Citizen

Agility Demonstration

Open Agility Practice for Experienced Dogs



Horse Show Carroll County Fair


Horse Show at the Carroll County Fair

Saturday, September 15, VFW Building in Hillsville, VA

Gates open at 7AM.  Registration closes at 8:30 AM.  You can download a pre-registration form online by clicking here.  Negative Coggins Required.  If you do not have proof of negative Coggins, simply call Healing Springs today to schedule a test: (276) 236-5103.


Awards: All participants will ribbon.  1st – 3rd will qualify for additional prizes from sponsors.

Class registration fee: $5 per class or $25 for five to ten classes.  Each additional class over $10 will be $2 each.

Open to all ages.



Large Animal Veterinarians serving Wytheville VA, Floyd VA, Mt Airy NC, Jefferson NC, and areas in between


9:00 to 9:20

Exhibition of Breeds

  1. Halter Class
  2. Lead Line Class
  3. Western Walk Trot Class
  4. Saddle Seat Walk Trot Class




10:00 to 10:20

Exhibition of Breeds

  1. Gaited Class Walk Run and Walk or Rack
  2. Western Pleasure
  3. Obstacle Course Class
  4. Best in Show (All Disciplines)


Understanding Founder & Laminitis


11:00 to 11:20

Exhibition of Breeds

  1. Egg n’ Spoon
  2. Potato Race
  3. Pick-up Race
  4. Goat Tie (not a real goat)




12:00 to 12:20

Exhibition of Breeds

  1. Barrel Race
  2. Pole Bending
  3. Apple Robbing
  4. Ride a’ Buck (Winner gets all the bucks)
  5. Costume Class (Horse and Rider)






Bull Ride Mt Airy (Mount Airy) North Carolina, NC


Bull Ride in Mt Airy NC

September 29, Saturday, 6:30 PM  at Holders Bluerose Arena

·        Southern Extreme Bull Riding Association – Professional Bull Riding

·        Also: Mutton Bustin’ and Amateur Bull Riding

Bring Lawn Chairs

Adults: $10        Age 6-12: $5       Five & under: Free

Hwy 89 between I-77 and Mt Airy on Maple Grove Church Rd.  Watch for Signs

Call (336) 789-5518 for more information


Essentials of Cow Calving

Dog Training Galax, Hillsville, Independence, Mt Airy, Carroll, Grayson, Wythe


2007 Dog Walk by the Twin County Humane Society

Saturday, October 6, 2007, 10AM to 2PM

Carter Pines Community Park in Hillsville VA (Next to Carroll Wellness Center. At the picnic shelter.)


Come join animal lovers and their dogs for good fun, food, and festivities . . . and all for a great cause.


Donations: Each walker that raises $25 or more will receive an event t-shirt!  Of course, larger donations are welcome.  All contributions to the Twin County Humane Society are tax deductible.  Pick up sponsor sheets at Healing Springs Animal Hospital, Grayson National Bank, Internet, Galax Pharmacy, or any of the other corporate event sponsors.

Registration: Pre-register by September 17 and receive an event bandana.  Pre-register by calling Diane at (276) 236-9368, Brenda at (276) 728-3513, or by e-mailing

Dogs: Dogs must be current on all vaccinations. Dogs must be leashed at all times and under control. An adult must accompany all children under age 16.

Severe Weather Alternate Date: October 13




Why Become a Certified Canine Good Citizen


Dog Training Galax, Carroll, Grayson, SurryThe American Kennel Club (AKC) started the Canine Good Citizen (CGC) program in 1989.  The CGC certification rewards dogs who demonstrate good manners at home and in the community.  To earn CGC certification, dogs and their handlers must pass a 10-step test such as the one being offered by K-9 Kudos and Healing Springs on September 15 (see dog show above). 


Many dog owners choose Canine Good Citizen training as the first step in their dog training goals.  The training needed to pass the CGC lays the foundation for other training goals dog owners may want to pursue: therapy dog work, rally, obedience, tracking, and performance events.  As you work with your dog to develop the CGC skills you discover the many joys of training your dog.  Dogs who have developed the CGC skills are a joy to live with.  They respond well to household routines and they behave well in the community.  CGC certified dogs fully enjoy the company of the person who took the time to train them, provide them with high quality intellectual stimulation, and provide them with a higher quality of dog life. 


The CGC serves as an objective, third-party demonstration that your dog demonstrates good behavior under social conditions.  The rewards may go beyond personal satisfaction and a happier dog life.  In some areas, Nationwide Insurance has begun insuring homes with formerly restricted breeds of dogs if the dogs in question are CGC certified.  State legislatures in 22 states have passed resolutions endorsing the AKC’s Canine Good Citizen program as a good way to ensure that dogs are an asset to their communities.  Should a third party such as an apartment owner, hotel manager, or local government ever ask you to demonstrate that your dog is normally well-behaved, having already earned the CGC may prove helpful. 


The Canine Good Citizen is a non-competitive test.  Everyone who passes all 10 steps earns certification. 

1.      Accepting a friendly stranger: Does your dog stay with you and maintain position on leash when you stop to speak to a friendly stranger who ignores the dog.

2.      Sitting politely for petting: Does your dog allow a friendly stranger to touch it while it is at your side?

3.      Appearance and grooming: Does your dog look respectable?  Will your dog allow a friendly stranger to brush it?

4.      Walking on a loose lead: Does your dog walk with you without pulling on the leash or being dragged by you?

5.      Walking through a crowd: Does your dog walk on leash well between people?

6.      Sit, Down, and Stay: Can you command your dog to sit, lie down, and stay?

7.      Coming when called

8.      Reaction to another dog: Will your dog stay with you when you approach another dog walker?

9.      Reaction to a distraction: Does your dog stay calm when presented with a clanky dropped item, a noisy roller cart, and other distractions?  Actual distraction used is at the certified evaluator’s discretion.

10.  Supervised separation: You hand your dog’s leash to another person and walk away.  Does the dog behave?


Equipment: All tests are performed on leash. Dogs should wear well-fitting buckle or slip collars made of leather, fabric, or chain. Special training collars such as pinch collars, head halters, etc. are not permitted in the CGC test. These non-permitted collars are not bad.   They may be very useful tools for beginning dog trainers.  It’s just that the CGC evaluation is about how well your dog listens to you and responds to your non-verbal communication.  Collars that give the trainer a great deal of control make it too difficult to evaluate how the dog will react in less controlled situations.


Encouragement: Owners / handlers may use praise and encouragement throughout the test. Commands may be repeated to a limited extent.  The owner may pet the dog between exercises. While food and treats are great for training, food and treats are not permitted during testing, nor is the use of toys, squeaky toys, etc. to get the dog to do something.


Failures – Dismissals: Any dog that eliminates during testing must be marked failed.  The only exception to this rule is that elimination is allowable in test Item 10, but only when test Item 10 is held outdoors.  Any dog that growls, snaps, bites, attacks, or attempts to attack a person or another dog is not a good citizen and must be dismissed from the test.


Nicole Kessler, owner of K-9 Kudos dog training, is a certified CGC evaluator.  Healing Springs occasionally works with K-9 Kudos to hold CGC evaluations in our area.  The next one is on September 15 at the Carroll County Fair (see above).  Call Healing Springs or just make Springboard your homepage to know about other upcoming dates.



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