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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: CattleDog Publishing (15 Jun. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0964151847
  • ISBN-13: 978-0964151840
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 62.9 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 385,065 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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…the pictures on this book are amazing. The author has done an incredible job of accumulating 1,600 photographs of dogs and cats, along with a DVD, to illustrate “techniques for developing patients who love their visits [to the veterinarian].” 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 contained [here]. It is science-based information (catalogued and referenced) …will really assist veterinarians… the information included here will provide fodder for clinic training opportunities…interesting and enlightening. Nonthreatening techniques are provided with photographs to illustrate the outcome… the combination of reading the text and watching the DVD, with subsequent practice of the techniques, sets the stage for an in-clinic learning experience for all… contains gems on counterconditioning cats to pilling and veterinarian-supervised technician behavior modification sessions… I strongly recommend this book for veterinarians and veterinary technicians as well as for owners. Communicating with patients and pets is paramount for a strong and healthy bond… it is fantastic to be able to recommend a book solidly grounded in science instead of one full of outdated techniques.
–Terry Marie Curtis, DVM, MS, DACVB, JAVMA, 15-Dec-2009

This fantastic tome belongs on every trainer’s bookshelf, as well as in every veterinary clinic and shelter in America… the ultimate guide for new and experienced trainers and anyone who regularly deals with animals and who wants to learn about gentle, humane techniques… The DVD makes both an invaluable educational guide for yourself and can also be used to demonstrate specific behaviors to clients. If that’s not enough, owning the book gives you access to information on Dr. Yin’s Web site including PDF files of client handouts on behavior, and several entire chapters online…an incredibly useful avenue for broaching the subject of training and handling methods… If you buy one book this year on dog training and behavior, I urge you to consider Low Stress Handling, Restraint and Behavior Modification of Dogs & Cats as your choice. While it priced higher than most books that trainers and behavior counselors will consider, it is well worth the price and you will find yourself referring to this book again and again, as well as using it with clients and other dog care professionals to discuss animal behavior and the benefits of using positive, low-stress methods.
–Mychelle Blake, MSW, CDBC, The APDT Chronicle of the Dog, 01-Nov-2009

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By catbehaviouristdotcom on 17 Aug. 2014
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The definitive bible on low stress handling. I have learnt so much by reading this book. Hundreds of photo's demonstrate the correct and incorrect techniques and explain in great depth the why's behind the methods. As a cat groomer and cat behavourist I would recommend this book to anyone who works with animals closely including vets, groomers, animal rescue centres. It is beautifully written and every page had me delving deeper into my own journey and methods. http://www.catbehaviourist.com
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How to have the pet you always wanted 3 Aug. 2010
By Hebe Martin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Though spendy this book and DVD are great to have for learning and reference. I appreciate the "realness" of the DVD and the gentle, firm and positive approach. Does your vet treat your pet the same way? I am now equipped to better evaluate who cares for my pet and greatly encouraged that what so many of the "dominance" gurus do can be so harmful. If you cringe when you see dogs being jerked around by choke chain collars, zapped with electrical charges, yelled at, scolded and other wise "worked over" because their guardians feel their authority is threatened, then this is for you. Positive reinforcement and just good ol' consistent, positive, and upbeat attitude can work wonders. Dr. Yin shows how to use these positive attributes to help your pet become the confident companion you want. I also recommend any book by Patricia McConnell who recommended this book on her website.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Julie Shaw, R.V.T. 8 July 2009
By Julie K. Shaw - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is a must have for every veterinary hospital, veterinary school and client who has a pet with handling issues. The DVD is phenomenal. Dr. Yin has given a valuable gift to animals and the people who love them by creating this fantastic educational device.
Julie Shaw, R.V.T.
Animal Behavior Clinic
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
essential for those working with dogs and cats! 25 Jun. 2009
By CRH - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book and DVD set is impressive in both content and presentation. Anyone who works with dogs or cats needs this book. The handling techniques presented are practical and the instructions are clear. Both the book and DVD illustrate commonly used incorrect techniques as well as the better ones promoted by the author. If readers take the time to learn and practice the techniques, they will have much happier patients and clients. Good for the bottom line for business owners, but most importantly, good for the animals. There is simply no point in struggling with a dog or cat when simple, safe handling methods are available. By putting into practice what you learn from Dr. Yin, you will truly be lowering stress levels of both the animals and people, and potentially saving lives by helping pets behave better at the vet's office and thus encouraging owners to bring them in when needed. Extra time and care taken during initial visits makes subsequent visits so much easier.

This book is useful for all veterinary staff, groomers, shelter workers, petsitters, rescue personnel, etc. It not only explains what to do via practical written instructions, useful photos and helpful video footage, but Dr. Yin also explains what you need to know about animal behavior and learning, essential information for anyone working or living with animals. She also uses great analogies!

One last thing...I have watched several animal behavior videos that were professionally produced yet were still of poor quality. The footage on the DVD provided with this book is clear and well done, and the DVD is easy to navigate with the many chapter titles.
13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Low Stress Handling, Restraint and Behavior Modification of dogs and Cats 31 May 2010
By Jerry Ingram - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm having a difficult time getting through this book. Its not a bad thing, Dr Yin, just writes in such a way that you start thinking about what you just read. So, my mind keeps wondering off. It is easy to find something that your looking for in the book though, so getting back on track is easy.

The only bad thing was the book directs you to the DVD through out the chapter. At first I felt like I needed to stop and view it. In fact you can wait until the end of the chapter and then watch the DVD of the whole chapter.

The information is great and she does not speak over my head. I'm very greatful.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Absurdly expensive, but awesome and much needed book! 17 Aug. 2012
By PerpetualLearner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is priced way too high, especially for a softcover book. I think more would sell (and more profit would be made for the author) if the price were lowered. The demand for this book definitely would be high because the material is quality, but the price puts off many buyers.

That said, the information contained in this book and dvd set is great. There is nothing extremely groundbreaking if you are up to date on positive dog training, but the info is put together and explained well. Everyone who has a job that entails handling dogs and cats should read this book.

The only recommendation I felt needed a caveat in the book was about using food as a distraction while performing an unpleasant operation on a dog. If a dog is food aggressive, he may feel like you are threatening him when he has a prized treat in his mouth and you try to handle him. He might snap or bite suddenly. You should always make sure that the dog isn't food aggressive before trying this technique.
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