Dr. Sophia Yin, DVM, MS | The Art and Science of Animal Behavior

image of the Low Stress Handling book and DVD Introducing the new book and DVD set, Low Stress Handling, Restraint and Behavior Modification of Dogs and Cats by animal behavior expert, Dr. Sophia Yin.

Make a Great Impression on Your Clients with Low Stress Handling Techniques

This new book and DVD will quickly and painlessly teach you how to handle dogs and cats with ease and grace. You'll impress your clients and create patients who willingly comply with treatments and procedures. Doesn't that sound like an ideal day at work?

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This visual guide is the result of hundreds of hours of research and a dedication to intelligent and compassionate behavior modification in animals. Over 1,600 photos and three hours of video clips make it easy to recognize poor handling methods that can cause behavior issues for a lifetime. Dr. Yin shows the wrong way, and then the right way, so that you can see exactly how and why a pet reacts the way she does.

The benefits of low stress handling are tremendous! Practicing these refined handling skills will create a safer work environment, increase efficiency, and ultimately improve the bond between you, the pet, and the client. Buy your copy today and learn the intelligent and effective patient handling techniques that will soon become standard practice.

Here's What Professionals Are Saying...

"This book is excellent. It's not just great training for veterinary students, but should be read by veterinarians, no matter how many years they've been in practice. The techniques in this book will help reduce patient stress, improve staff safety, and enhance professional satisfaction by improving our bond with our patients." Laurie Bergman, VMD, Diplomate ACVB

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"This book is a pictorial guide into the world of what to do and, as importantly, what not to do, to reduce dogs' and cats' fear of encounters with humans. If a picture is worth a thousand words, then this is a HUGE volume. The photographs show actual expressions of dogs and cats in real-life situations that anyone familiar with these animals will recognize. The methods of handling them are clearly shown, as are the results. This type of book is long overdue." Bonnie V. Beaver, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVB Board-Certified Veterinary Behaviorist Past President, American Veterinary Medical Association

"As a feline practitioner and advocate for respectful handling of our feline patients, I found this book by Dr. Sophia Yin to be a tremendous asset to all of us who work with cats. There is a huge need to reduce the stress of veterinary visits for our feline patients especially so that we can do the best for them both physically and emotionally. The old adage is so true - clients don't care how much we know until we show them how much we care - for them and their beloved pet. Dr. Yin gives great examples of how to handle anxious pets so that they are more relaxed, allowing for a more relaxed work environment for all and less injuries. Several techniques are unique, and based on her work with veterinary patients. With my passion for behavior, I found the entire book fascinating, and a great asset for canine patients as well. The book is science based, yet easy to read, and full of great pictures, videos, and suggestions for how to handle pets in different situations at the clinic. Understanding dogs and cats and why they behave as they do is brilliantly described, and helps us see the world from their point of view. The information provided is also an excellent asset for staff training and education." Ilona Rodan, DVM, ABVP Dipl., Feline Practice Cat Care Clinic and Behavior Consultations for Cats, Madison, WI

"This book on low stress handling and restraint techniques is revolutionary. It is the mechanism by which veterinary hospitals can finally make the vital paradigm shift to animal centered practices. These techniques allow those working in an animal-centered hospital to consider the entire animal, not just its body parts. Ground-breaking!" Ginny Price, MS, CVT Animal Behavior Instructor Saint Petersburg College Veterinary Technology Program

"Rarely do I use the word 'revolutionary' when it comes to describing a textbook, but clearly this applies to 'Low Stress......' Whether, like me, you've been handling dogs and cats for decades or are just entering the field, this book will give you insights and applications you can immediately put to use. Take some time to learn these approaches—it will be less stressful for people and animals, alike." Kathy Meyer, DVM President, American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior.

"I am a technician and attended Dr. Yin's handling seminar. I found it very informative and well presented, but wondered if a dog could really be won over within the first 5-10 minutes of an appointment while getting a history from the owner. Well, I cannot tell you how amazed, thrilled and excited I [was] to find that [the] techniques worked so well, and so fast! I had two different appointments with canines that were known 'caution' dogs and had bitten in the past. One actually greeted me from across the room with a snarling nonstop growl! I started the treat technique [chapter 14], by the end of the 5-10 minutes I had both dogs accepting and looking for the treat which was now in my hand, and allowing me to pat them, with a much more relaxed 'happy state.' Both dogs were examined with an Elizabethan collar on. Although there was still some apprehension there was no longer a struggle, no growling, no attempts to bite, no show of aggression—not even during the blood draw! We were able to remove the collar at the end of the appointments with both dogs still in a 'happy state,' still responding well to the treat technique. The growling dog was actually looking for attention! The owners were relieved and grateful that their pet had a good experience, as well as amazed at the difference in their pets' behavior. I wanted to thank you for such a wonderful training tool, along with all the other handling/behavior tools and information you presented!! It will make a huge difference in my career, but more importantly it will make a huge difference in the lives of owners and their pets who put off exams and medical treatment because of fear or aggression shown by the pet." Dianna Larrabee, VT