A dog sitting calmly while having his nails trimmed or during a bath. A cat sitting still and content while waiting at the vet. These scenarios are not as far-fetched as they may seem. Luckily there is a way pet owners can teach their pets to remain calm for car rides, nail trims, grooming, vet visits – even those involving blood draws – or any other procedure that used to send them running for cover.
Veterinarian and applied animal behaviorist Dr. Sophia Yin’s book, Low Stress Handling and Behavior Modification of Dogs & Cats (CattleDog Publishing), originally written as a step-by-step how-to guide for veterinary professionals, is now available to the general public online so pets all over the country can be transformed from fearful to calm and friendly. www.LowStressHandling.com .
Yin is also a best-selling author of the veterinary textbook, The Small Animal Veterinary Nerdbook®, and the popular dog training book How to Behave So Your Dog Behaves. She used her comprehensive knowledge of the principles of learning combined with her practical experience to develop, test and document dog and cat handling techniques that decrease the stress normally seen in pets being handled for procedures.
With text, 1,600 photos, and 100+ short, narrated, instructional video clips, Dr. Yin teaches people how to quickly modify a pet’s behavior and set the environment up for success. Whether the animal is petrified at the vet, skittish around visitors at home, or just dislikes simple care like grooming, Dr. Yin shares secrets of behavior modification used by professionals. She also shows owners how they can work with their puppies and kittens to prevent problems with handling and care when they become adults. By taking the book online, she hopes to improve the bond between all pets and their caretakers.
“I wanted to make the information accessible to everyone,” says Dr. Yin. “Now groomers, pet owners, pet sitters, technicians, and everyone who works with pets have affordable access to this vital information. These humane techniques, which use systematic positive reinforcement, reduce stress for people and pets.”
Dr. Bonnie Beaver—veterinarian, certified animal behaviorist, and past president of the American Veterinary Medical Association—agrees, “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.”