By Sophia Yin, DVM, MS
Believe is or not I actually meant to post this in January but then forgot. Recently Low Stress Handling, Restraint and Behavior Modification of Dogs & Cat has been reviewed by several journals and received great reviews.
Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association Review
Dr. Terry Marie Curtis recently reviewed my book Low Stress Handling, Restraint and Behavior Modification of Dogs & Cats in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association (Vol. 235, No. 12 dated December 15, 2009). Dr. Curtis is a board-certified veterinary behaviorist and a well-known speaker and author. She’s even been on MSNBC to teach pet owners how to help their dogs with sound phobias.
“It has been said that a picture is worth a thousand words, and the pictures in this book are amazing. The author has done an incredible job of collecting 1,600 photographs of dogs and cats…” said Dr. Curtis as she began her review. But she also immediately understood the implications of the underlying principles of the book, which involve positive, rather than negative, reinforcement.
“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 [in this book],” she wrote. And, “With so much misinformation available today, it is fantastic to be able to recommend a book solidly grounded in science…” Yes! The entire book is based on proven research that shows how well positive reinforcement works. Have you ever seen a cat that willingly opens his mouth to get pilled? It’s in my book!
Dr. Curtis concluded, “The reviewer strongly recommends the book for veterinarians, veterinary technicians, and pet owners. Communicating with patients and pets is paramount for a strong and healthy bond. People need to know what cats and dogs are trying to communicate so that we can respond in kind.” She went on to liken the photographs in the book to a dictionary, and I agree with this analogy. Dogs and cats communicate with visible and sometimes audible signs. They’re trying their hardest to tell us what they want. We just need to watch, listen, and learn.
The Whole Dog Journal Review
The good reviews are not limited to veterinary journals. In the mainstream dog sector, the Whole Dog Journal featured the Low Stress Handling book and DVD in a recent article called Less Stressful Veterinary Visits. In this article I provide some common sense advice for making veterinary care as low stress as possible.
APDT Chronicle of the Dog
“This fantastic tome belongs on every trainer’s bookshelf, as well as in every veterinary clinic and shelter in America. Is that endorsement an overstatement? Absolutely not! Dr. Yin’s new book is the ultimate guide for new and experienced trainers and anyone who regularly deals with animals and who wants to learn about gentle, humane techniques.”
Online version coming soon
For those of you animal enthusiasts who would like to read the book and watch the DVD but can’t afford the full retail price of $149.00, don’t worry. An online version is just around the corner. For a $25.00 fee you will be able to access the online version of the book for a month. When will it be available? Stay tuned…. Middle of May.