Learning how to read a dog is critical to safely interacting with a dog. Dr. Yin’s own poster “How to Greet a Dog and What to Avoid’ as well as “The Body Language of Fear” are great references for anyone who wishes to understand dogs better. But are you going to carry them everywhere? Now, there’s an app for that – The Dog Decoder App, to be precise.
Former research assistant to Dr. Yin, Lynna Feng, has written about her decision to get her PhD in Bendigo, Australia. What could make a woman from the cosmopolitan Bay Area who studied at one of the best known, largest universities for veterinary science shift to a small town half a world away? Read on to find out more.
Dr. Yin enjoyed sharing ideas with others in her field. She wrote many articles throughout her life, a few of which had not yet been published before she passed.
Here is one article that Dr. Yin planned on publishing – we’re happy to be able to share it with you.
Have you ever had a dog or cat who just doesn’t play much with toys and wished that he did? Rickey Kinley, Senior Aviculture Keeper at the Cincinnati Zoo had a similar issue with the zoo penguins that he cared for, and decided to find a solution.
Broad Ripple Animal Clinic & Wellness Center has staff members that are trained animal behaviorists to offer comprehensive behavior services. They’ve decided to do this for the same reasons that CattleDog Publishing and DrSophiaYin.com were born: seeing so many animals put to sleep because of behavioral problems rather than disease or injury. They created a school for dogs called Bark Tutor, where they work with owners and their pets to help them be successful. Last year, Dr. Yin had the pleasure of conversing with Amber Taylor, RVT and practice manager, about their puppy program.
We are proud to release the latest part of the Handling, Moving and Restraining series: DESENSITIZATION and COUNTERCONDITIONING: Teaching Dogs to Willingly Accept Medical Procedures. This part of the Handling, Moving & Restraining series completes a revolutionary, educational, workshop collection in which you learn directly from Dr. Yin, right in your own home.
You may know many techniques for dealing with your reactive or aggressive dog, but with many dogs, to get the results you want you need a clear step-by-step plan. First you need to realize that every interaction is a training session, so what you do outside of official sessions may undermine your progress. Second, for fast and enduring results it’s often essential to improve the dog’s impulse and emotional control. Third, your training will require good technique and an integrative approach and should focus on creating a dog who is happy, focused and calm.
Written by Dr. Yin in 2009, this article covers the dangers of those holiday snacks we often leave out for friends and family. And, unintentionally, for a rambunctious pet with a finely tuned nose. Although the tasty candy here was chocolate eggs, Halloween and Christmas also feature dangerous, delicious chocolate.
For most pet parents, having a dog that’s well trained would be nice but doesn’t seem like a necessity. This is especially true if the dog spends most of his time in familiar places—such as the home, or the yard, or just on short walks in the neighborhood. He may be so used to the scene that he never gets excited enough or distracted enough to be bothersome. It turns out that you can’t count on life being so mundane. One family found this out the expensive way when their Holiday house plan went awry.