Several years ago, Dr. Yin paid a visit to the Medical Center for Birds in Oakley, California to learn about bird handling. Using her notes and questions, we followed up with Dr. Brian Speer, the President & Director, on his approach to Low Stress Handling™ for birds and his efforts to change how veterinary professionals handle avians.
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.
Have you ever wondered why your dog, cat, bird, or 3 year old child are so adept at whining, screeching or complaining until you finally give in? Or why you always fall into that cycle of resisting at first but later bend to their wishes? Now, biopsychologist and behavior analyst, Dr. Susan Schneider, has written a fascinating book titled, “The Science of Consequences: How They Affect Genes, Change the Brain, and Impact Our World,” that reveals it all.
In their experiences training up to 1000 animals on a given day, the Brelands came upon some unexpected findings which they published in their landmark paper, The Misbehavior of Organism. In this paper, they described a number of cases with different species where strong species-specific behaviors interfered with the learning process and caused delays in performance and delays in reinforcements.