Download the Chapter on Dominance vs Unruly Behavior

Dominance Chapter Thanks for visiting Dr. Sophia Yin’s animal behavior website.  To learn the myths and facts about dominance in dogs as well as how wolf behavior relates to our understanding of dogs, download Chapter 2 of Low Stress Handling and Restraint of Dogs & Cats by clicking the link below.

The Dominance Controversy

Virtually everyone who started as a dog trainer over 15-20 years ago started out using traditional dog training techniques: similar to those used by Cesar Millan (National Geographic’s The Dog Whisperer). This is how most dogs were trained back then. As a result we have first hand experience as to why and when such punishment-based … Continued

Dominance in Dogs is Not a Personality Trait

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Anyone who hangs out with dogs and their owners has probably heard this or similar comments a million times-“My dog is dominant, he ignores our commands and plays too rough with other dogs.” To the general dog owner, this statement seems pretty normal, but to researchers studying social hierarchies in animals ranging from lions, to macaque monkeys, to bulls, the statement is likely to solicit a pause followed by a “huh?”

Handling Dominance Aggression in Dogs

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Do you have a dog with dominance aggression? Is he confident and aggressive over many types of resources? Is he outgoing, one moment as charming as Casanova, the next more like Mike Tyson? Read on.

Low Stress Handling® – From the Veterinary Technicians’ Perspective

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  Every year hundreds of veterinarians, veterinary technicians, animal behaviorists, and others search for new and better ways to treat and train animals both in the veterinary practice and in the home. A few years ago pioneering animal behaviorist and veterinarian, Dr. Sophia Yin, developed a system for recognizing brewing fear and aggression, while reducing this … Continued

Low Stress Handling® Restraint and Behavior Modification of Dogs & Cats

With more than 1600 photos and 3 hours of video, the Low Stress Handling, Restraint and Behavior Modification of Dogs and Cats book (with companion DVD, not sold separately) offers tips, tools, and techniques for recognizing brewing fear and aggression, while reducing this through specific handling techniques that decrease stress by improving patient comfort and safety.

This book and companion DVD also serves as an excellent companion to the Low Stress Handling® Silver Certification program

Dog Behavior Issues

Quick Jump: Aggression: Dog Bite Prevention Aggression: Fear and Anxiety Aggression: General Aggression Aggression: Inter-dog Aggression Aggression: Possession Aggression Aggression: Predatory Aggression Aggression: Toy Aggression Aggresssion: Dominance Agility Barking or Whining Biting Body Language Chewing Choosing the Right Dog Cognition/Intelligence in Dogs Cold Weather Safety Come When Called Dog Classes Dominance in Dogs Electronic Collars … Continued

Philosophy

The Old Way: Conflict and Coercion We’ve all heard advice that relates dog behavior to wolf social behavior: “Always eat before your dog and go through doorways first because that’s what a dominant wolf would do.” “If your dog growls or barks inappropriately or otherwise misbehaves, put him in his place by doing an alpha … Continued

Separation Anxiety - Canine Style

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Separation anxiety is one of the most common reasons for a trip to the animal behaviorist. Here are some helpful tips to calm your canine while you are away.