Dr. Sophia Yin knew what it's like to have a problem pet and nowhere to turn for professional help. And she witnessed countless fractured relationships between misunderstood pets and their frustrated humans companions.
As a result, her mission in life was to improve our understanding of animals and their behavior so that we can care for, appreciate and enjoy our time with them better.
Sophia learned that every pet needs a human who can lead. Not like a boss, but like a partner in a dance--someone who gives clear signals, rewards desirable behavior as it occurs, removes rewards for inappropriate behavior immediately, and sticks to the plan consistently until the new, good behavior is a habit.
Sophia's dedication to helping people communicate with pets in a positive, scientifically sound way led her to create a variety of exceptional books and products for pet owners and pet-care professionals who also aspire to bond with their pets on a whole new level.
She lectured and taught workshops internationally on animal behavior and low stress handling and has served as a behavior expert for shows such as Dogs 101 on Animal Planet. She was also on the executive board for the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior, the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) Handling Guidelines Committee, and the American Humane Association (AHA) Animal Behavior and Training Advisory Committee.
Dr. Yin passed away in September of 2014, but her legacy lives on with the company she created, CattleDog Publishing. They work on keeping her products available to pet owners everywhere as well publishing her treasure trove of articles and videos she created before her death and managing her innovative online learning platform at LowStressHandling.com for veterinary professionals, rescue workers, trainers and agility enthusiasts.