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Low Stress Handling, Restraint and Behavior Modification of Dogs and Cats: Techniques for Developing Patients Who Love Their Visits Paperback – June 15, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0964151840 ISBN-10: 0964151847

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: CattleDog Publishing (June 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0964151847
  • ISBN-13: 978-0964151840
  • Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 6.5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,017 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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...the pictures on this book are amazing. The author has done an incredible job of accumulating 1,600 photographs of dogs and cats, along with a DVD, to illustrate "techniques for developing patients who love their visits [to the veterinarian]." In a time when dominance techniques often take center stage for controlling and managing behavior, it is a breath of fresh air to read the information contained [here]. It is science-based information (catalogued and referenced) ...will really assist veterinarians... the information included here will provide fodder for clinic training opportunities...interesting and enlightening. Nonthreatening techniques are provided with photographs to illustrate the outcome... the combination of reading the text and watching the DVD, with subsequent practice of the techniques, sets the stage for an in-clinic learning experience for all... contains gems on counterconditioning cats to pilling and veterinarian-supervised technician behavior modification sessions... I strongly recommend this book for veterinarians and veterinary technicians as well as for owners. Communicating with patients and pets is paramount for a strong and healthy bond... it is fantastic to be able to recommend a book solidly grounded in science instead of one full of outdated techniques. -Terry Marie Curtis, DVM, MS, DACVB, JAVMA, 15-Dec-2009 This fantastic tome belongs on every trainer's bookshelf, as well as in every veterinary clinic and shelter in America... the ultimate guide for new and experienced trainers and anyone who regularly deals with animals and who wants to learn about gentle, humane techniques... The DVD makes both an invaluable educational guide for yourself and can also be used to demonstrate specific behaviors to clients. If that's not enough, owning the book gives you access to information on Dr. Yin's Web site including PDF files of client handouts on behavior, and several entire chapters online...an incredibly useful avenue for broaching the subject of training and handling methods... If you buy one book this year on dog training and behavior, I urge you to consider Low Stress Handling, Restraint and Behavior Modification of Dogs & Cats as your choice. While it priced higher than most books that trainers and behavior counselors will consider, it is well worth the price and you will find yourself referring to this book again and again, as well as using it with clients and other dog care professionals to discuss animal behavior and the benefits of using positive, low-stress methods. -Mychelle Blake, MSW, CDBC, The APDT Chronicle of the Dog, 01-Nov-2009

More About the Author

Dr. Sophia Yin knows what it's like to have a problem pet and nowhere to turn for professional help. And she has witnessed countless fractured relationships between misunderstood pets and their frustrated humans companions.

As a result, her mission in life is 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 has 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.

Dr. Sophia Yin currently sees behavior house calls, works at San Francisco Veterinary Specialists (www.SFVS.net), writes for several veterinary and popular magazines and has consulted for several zoos. She also lectures and teaches 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 is 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.

Customer Reviews

This book has lots of pictures which are very helpful.
Jean O Frost
I highly recommend this book even to experienced veterinary technicians, as well as ALL animal hospital staff.
Liv
I bought Dr. Sophia Yin's book Handling, Restraint and Behavior Modification of Dogs & Cats.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Julie K. Shaw on July 8, 2009
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This book is a must have for every veterinary hospital, veterinary school and client who has a pet with handling issues. The DVD is phenomenal. Dr. Yin has given a valuable gift to animals and the people who love them by creating this fantastic educational device.
Julie Shaw, R.V.T.
Animal Behavior Clinic
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Hebe Martin on August 3, 2010
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Though spendy this book and DVD are great to have for learning and reference. I appreciate the "realness" of the DVD and the gentle, firm and positive approach. Does your vet treat your pet the same way? I am now equipped to better evaluate who cares for my pet and greatly encouraged that what so many of the "dominance" gurus do can be so harmful. If you cringe when you see dogs being jerked around by choke chain collars, zapped with electrical charges, yelled at, scolded and other wise "worked over" because their guardians feel their authority is threatened, then this is for you. Positive reinforcement and just good ol' consistent, positive, and upbeat attitude can work wonders. Dr. Yin shows how to use these positive attributes to help your pet become the confident companion you want. I also recommend any book by Patricia McConnell who recommended this book on her website.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Luann K. Keyton on April 8, 2010
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Having recently taken a "Restraint" course from a veterinary technology school where I felt we manhandled the animals and frightened them, this book was a breath of fresh air. I hope to be able to spread Dr. Yin's techniques to other vet clinics. I plan to use her videos for staff meetings to enlighten others who have taken the traditional classes on restraint.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By CRH on June 24, 2009
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This book and DVD set is impressive in both content and presentation. Anyone who works with dogs or cats needs this book. The handling techniques presented are practical and the instructions are clear. Both the book and DVD illustrate commonly used incorrect techniques as well as the better ones promoted by the author. If readers take the time to learn and practice the techniques, they will have much happier patients and clients. Good for the bottom line for business owners, but most importantly, good for the animals. There is simply no point in struggling with a dog or cat when simple, safe handling methods are available. By putting into practice what you learn from Dr. Yin, you will truly be lowering stress levels of both the animals and people, and potentially saving lives by helping pets behave better at the vet's office and thus encouraging owners to bring them in when needed. Extra time and care taken during initial visits makes subsequent visits so much easier.

This book is useful for all veterinary staff, groomers, shelter workers, petsitters, rescue personnel, etc. It not only explains what to do via practical written instructions, useful photos and helpful video footage, but Dr. Yin also explains what you need to know about animal behavior and learning, essential information for anyone working or living with animals. She also uses great analogies!

One last thing...I have watched several animal behavior videos that were professionally produced yet were still of poor quality. The footage on the DVD provided with this book is clear and well done, and the DVD is easy to navigate with the many chapter titles.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jerry Ingram on May 31, 2010
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I'm having a difficult time getting through this book. Its not a bad thing, Dr Yin, just writes in such a way that you start thinking about what you just read. So, my mind keeps wondering off. It is easy to find something that your looking for in the book though, so getting back on track is easy.

The only bad thing was the book directs you to the DVD through out the chapter. At first I felt like I needed to stop and view it. In fact you can wait until the end of the chapter and then watch the DVD of the whole chapter.

The information is great and she does not speak over my head. I'm very greatful.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Rachel Warren on June 11, 2009
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NOTE: My husband and I have had the good fortune to work directly with Dr. Yin. Her techniques are clearly depicted and described in this book. Our vet and vet techs have been able to implement the techniques after reading specific chapters. In addition, we helped review the chapters on cat handling to ensure that the instructions were clear and could be easily followed (and we are not cat owners). What follows is a description of how Dr. Yin's techniques, illustrated in this book, helped us with one of our dogs.

When we first rescued P. as an 8-month-old puppy, she had an upper respiratory infection and was lethargic, so her fear-based behavior issues did not manifest themselves for a few weeks. Once they did, she appeared apprehensive around strangers (e.g., cautiousness, prolonged barking) and would snarl or threaten to bite when we attempted to put a leash on her. When we managed to get P. out for a walk, she would practically crawl through the neighborhood because she was so afraid of everything. In addition, the vet indicated that they had problems handling her after her spay surgery--for instance, the veterinary staff had to double-leash her to remove her from her crate, and they couldn't muzzle her or even examine her sutures due to her lunging, growling, and snapping at them. We wanted to deal with this issue proactively, so we contacted Dr. Yin. In retrospect, that was the best decision we made for P. and for ourselves as her guardians.

We worked with Dr. Yin to address P.'s aggressiveness and counter-condition her to situations where she was fearful. She responded quickly to Dr. Yin's positive techniques--rewarding her with small bits of food or treats for offering the correct behaviors. The day after Dr. Yin's first consultation with us, P.
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