The Roanoke Valley SPCA operates under the Fear Free philosophy. The Fear Free mission is to prevent and alleviate fear, anxiety, and stress in pets by inspiring and educating the people who care for them. Fear Free Happy Homes is just for you—the loving, doting pet owner. We want to provide you with free access to the most cutting-edge content and education that will enable you to help your pets live their happiest, healthiest, fullest lives at home, at the vet, at the trainer, and everywhere in between. Fear Free contributors are recognized as the leading experts in their fields of veterinary medicine, animal handling, training, and research. 100% of Fear Free content is reviewed by boarded veterinary behaviorists. The Roanoke Valley SPCA recommends that you seek assistance from a trainer, veterinarian, or another animal professional before beginning any behavior modification program.



Meeting the Basic Needs of Your Cat


How Cats Learn


Cat Body Language 101




A Fear Free Approach to Introducing Your Dog to a New Dog


Choosing and Using Dog Collars, Harnesses, and Leashes


Crate Training Your Dog


Teaching Your Dog to Sit


The Fair Trade Approach to Teaching a Dog to ‘Drop It’


Overcoming Your Dog’s Fear of Everyday Objects


Preventing Separation Anxiety


Canine Separation Anxiety Solutions Part 1


Canine Separation Anxiety Solutions Part 2


Redirection and “Leave It”


If Your Dog’s Doing This, He Can’t Do That: How To Use Redirection


Fear Free Approach to Canine Counter Surfing


The Simple Signals That Help Your Dog Learn


Canine Noise Phobias (Part 1): An Introduction


Canine Noise Phobias (Part 2): Managing and Preventing Noise Phobias


Treating Your Dog’s Noise Phobias


Visiting the Vet


How to Prepare Your Pet for a Veterinary Visit


How to Make the Trip to the Veterinary Hospital Fear Free


Fear Free Veterinary Visits 101


Fear Free Vaccine Visits


Giving Medications to Your Pet: Putting the Treat Into Treatments


10 Things Your Veterinarian Should Know About Your Pet


The Fear Free Method


Training and Socialization 101


Activities and Enrichment 101