Keoki's Corner

Teach a Trick: Play Dead

Teach your dog how to play dead when you say “BANG!”

How do dogs learn? Dogs learn by doing the same behaviors repeatedly and being reinforced for that behavior. There are different types of reinforcement, but positive reinforcement has been proven to be an effective training tool and helps establish and strengthen the human-animal bond. Positive reinforcement is usually in the form of praise and food. You can teach just about anything using this method, such as the trick described below. Continue…

Meet The Blogger

Since we’ve had the blog up for a little while now and you may be wondering who is doing the writing, I thought it would be a good time to introduce myself. My name is Desirée; most of you probably know me as one of the receptionists here at OSSVH. I grew up in Ohio, near Cleveland and have lived in various places across the country including Washington and Virginia before moving here a few years ago to finish college. Continue…

Welcome to Keoki’s Corner

Welcome to Keoki’s Corner, the brand new blog at OSSVH!


Keoki, pictured to the right, is one of our live in cats.  We took him in when his previous owner could no longer care for him and have all fallen in love with him, which is why we have chosen to name the blog after him.

In this technology driven era, there are a wide variety of resources available online for the pet owner.  That being said, with these resources often comes misinformation.

By creating this blog, we hope to provide you with useful, reliable, and timely information… and hope to have a little fun too.  You will see a wide variety of topics discussed including services we offer here such as boarding, grooming, reproduction, laser therapy and acupuncture, medical problems pets face, alternative medicinal therapies, breed highlights and other interesting current topics.

Please check back as we will have new posts each week.  If you have any suggestions for topics you would like to see here please send us an email to