Training

Here at Kitty Hawk Animal Hospital we are dedicated to making sure you get the best all-around care for your pet. In order to fulfill that goal we are excited to offer training services in addition to our veterinary care and boarding facilities. These training services are provided to you by Melinda Brown, a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner (KPA CTP).

Training is not only about teaching your pet to adhere to the rules of the house, but also about teaching your pet to think for themself. Through clicker training, animals learn that their behavior causes something to happen. As a trainer you will learn that by controlling that outcome and making it a positive experience you can influence what behaviors your animal will do, be it sit, stay, come, or high-five. With this amazing positive reinforcement based teaching called “clicker training” you will quickly learn just how smart your animal can really be!

Training your pet is all about learning how to communicate with your animal. Since we obviously don’t speak the same language, we have to find another way to communicate, and research has proven that the clicker is the tool to use if you want fast results that will last a lifetime. Before you know it, you’ll have a delightful companion who knows the house rules and even has a few fun tricks to show off to your friends! With the clicker as your communication tool, you will come to connect with your pet in ways you never thought possible.

Melinda is excited to help you learn how to train your dog, cat, or any other pet. She is here to help you connect with your pet through the amazing positive reinforcement teaching called “clicker training”. Through the communication tools provided by clicker training, you will be able to enrich your relationship with your pet. Whether it’s a Cat, Llama, Iguana, Cockatoo, or Kangaroo, with every CLICK you’ll soon discover how smart your animal can really be!

In order to inquire about pricing or sign up for a class, email Melinda at petstreat.training@kittyhawkvet.com


Kitty Hawk Academy

Kitty Hawk Academy is the title for the Client Education classes we started providing beginning in October 2015. These one hour classes are taught by Melinda Brown, and typically occur on a specified Tuesday, at 6:30, in the Hospital Lobby. Keep an eye out on this page for updated class dates!

The veterinary world has made incredible progress in providing you with the quality care you need for your pets. We want you to also be equipped with the knowledge you need to take care of them to the best of your ability. Kitty Hawk is devoted to providing not only the best care to its patients, but also the best information to its clients. You (the owner) and the Veterinarian are a team when it comes to the care of your pet; we want you to feel confident and prepared when it comes to the health and wellness of your animals.

“Puppy Parent Fundamentals”
What’s the cost to attend? If you’ve purchased a Puppy Wellness Package from Kitty Hawk Animal Hospital, this class is half off! If not, the cost is $10 per person and $5 per additional family member.

Upcoming Puppy Parent Fundamentals Classes: TBA; Want to request a class? Email the instructor! This class tends to be scheduled based on interest. 

Register today! Email Melinda at petstreat.training@kittyhawkvet.com

Who should come to “Puppy Parent Fundamentals?” Those who are thinking about getting a puppy, have just brought a new puppy home, or have a dog less than 1 year of age.

We’re going to go from head to toe on your dog and make sure you’re informed on how to deal with all the basics of raising a puppy.

Here are some questions this class will answer:

  • What do I need to think about when deciding to get a puppy?
  • What kind of equipment will I need to have?
  • What food is appropriate? How much? When do I transition her to adult food?
  • Why does my puppy need so many vaccines?
  • Should I spay/neuter my puppy and when?
  • What are Heartworms and how does my puppy get them?
  • Why does my puppy need a de-wormer even if I haven’t seen any worms in the stool?
  • Do I really need to brush their teeth?
  • What are anal glands?
  • How do I help my puppy become less afraid of the world around him?
  • When do I start official puppy training classes?

“Kitten Parent Essentials”
What’s the cost to attend? If you’ve purchased a Kitten Wellness Package from Kitty Hawk Animal Hospital, this class is half off! If not, the cost is $10 per person and $5 per additional family member.

Upcoming Kitten Care Essentials Classes: TBA; Want to request a class? Email the instructor! This class tends to be scheduled based on interest. 

Register today! Email Melinda at petstreat.training@kittyhawkvet.com

Who should come to “Kitten Parent Fundamentals”?

This class is for anyone in the family who is responsible for the care of your kitten. (Recommended for ages 12 years and up)

  • Here are some questions this class will answer:
  • How do I enrich my kitten’s environment?
  • What food is appropriate?
  • Why does my kitten need so many vaccines?
  • Should I spay/neuter my kitten and when?
  • What can I do to help my kitten be more sociable once they are full grown?
  • Do I really need to brush their teeth?

“All About Clicker Training”

This is an orientation class where you as the owner learn all the basics for training your pet!

Upcoming Clicker Training Class: April 18th at 6:30pm

Cost to attend: Cost is $15 per person, $5 per additional family member. You will receive a clicker and all the information you’ll need to get started with training!

Register today! Email Melinda at petstreat.training@kittyhawkvet.com

  • Learn how to really communicate with your pet so they will actually listen to what you say
  • It’s not just for dogs; with clicker training, you can train any pet you have!
  • Teach your dog (or cat) to enjoy visits to the Vet! And not only enjoy exams, but also enjoy getting their nails trimmed, ears cleaned, or any other grooming tasks
  • Through this positive reinforcement training your pet will remember what they learned years from now
  • Once you’ve taken this class, you will be ready to start training as soon as you get home!

About Melinda Brown

Melinda2_(1)Melinda graduated in May 2013 from Abilene Christian University with a degree in Environmental Science: Wildlife Management. She currently works at Kitty Hawk Animal Hospital where she is certified through the Texas Veterinary Medical Association as a Veterinary Assistant Level 2. She also works part-time at the San Antonio Zoo in the Education Department as an Informal Educator, where she shares her love of animals and conservation with guests through the zoo’s weekend programs. Because of her experience with a variety of animals, both exotic and domestic, Melinda has a unique perspective to bring when helping you train any pet.

Through the Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training and Behavior (KPA) she first completed the Dog Trainer Foundations Course, then went on to take the Dog Trainer Professional program. After completing this rigorous 6-month program, she passed her final tests and graduated, becoming a KPA Certified Training Partner. During the course she realized that training an animal is all about communication. Melinda is excited to share this incredible way to communicate with your pet called “clicker training”. With clicker training you’ll learn how to clearly communicate with your pets, no matter the species.

Melinda has always had a great love for all animals. In high school she gained some experience through volunteering as part of the Teen Docent Program in the San Antonio Zoo Education Department. During her time there, she continued to expand her knowledge of all species through animal handling training, public presentations of animal facts, and shadowing Zoo Keepers in their daily care of the animals.

During Melinda’s college years, she developed a passion for animal training and a desire to learn all she could about animal behavior. This desire led her to Karen Pryor and the world of clicker training. Melinda soon had every book read on the subject and was excited to be able to put some of her knowledge into practice during her college internship in the Education Department of the Little Rock Zoo. While there, she assisted in developing and delivering conservation awareness shows, and provided behavioral training and enrichment for over 40 animals, ranging from a Bald Eagle to a baby Groundhog, to a Blue-Tongued Skink. Due to her experience with exotic animals she brings a unique perspective to her training.