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Low Stress Handling Restraint and Behavior Modification of Dogs & Cats: Techniques for Developing Patients Who Love Their Visits [Paperback]

Sophia Yin
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Book Description

15 Jun 2009
Dr. Sophia Yin, author of the Small Animal Veterinary Nerdbook, is a veterinarian, applied animal behaviorist, author, and speaker. Her passion for animals and their proper handling and restraint led her to spend hundreds of hours on this project - a new book and instructional DVD set focused on the most humane techniques that reduce stress for people and pets.

The book and DVD feature:

• More than 1,600 photos that show practicing veterinarians and students how to handle dogs and cats correctly
• Explanations of what vets think they’re doing right but may actually be doing wrong
• Three hours of video clips with voiceover narratives that show correct and incorrect handling procedures

By using this training tool, vets will:

• Be able to implement the most up-to-date handling techniques
• Learn how to restrain animals correctly through behavior modification that does not involve coercion, dominance, or other negative training methods
• Increase efficiency because patients will willingly comply with procedures
• Stop perpetuating behavior problems in patients
• Create a safer environment for themselves and and their team with fewer bites, scratches, and back injuries
• Improve the bond between vet, pet, and client

This new book and DVD quickly and painlessly teaches how to handle dogs and cats with ease and grace, showing veterinarians how to impress clients and create patients who willingly comply with treatments and procedures.

This visual guide is the result of hundreds of hours of research and a dedication to intelligent and compassionate behavior modification in animals. Over 1,600 photos and three hours of video clips make it easy to recognize poor handling methods that can cause behavior issues for a lifetime. Dr. Yin shows the wrong way, and then the right way, to clearly illustrate exactly how and why a pet reacts the way she does.

The benefits of low-stress handling are tremendous; practicing these refined handling skills will create a safer work environment, increase efficiency, and ultimately improve the bond between vet, pet, and client.

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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: CattleDog Publishing (15 Jun 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0964151847
  • ISBN-13: 978-0964151840
  • Product Dimensions: 24.6 x 16.5 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 504,322 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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5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST READ. AMAZING BOOK 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Julie Shaw, R.V.T. 8 July 2009
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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
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5.0 out of 5 stars How to have the pet you always wanted 3 Aug 2010
By Hebe Martin - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommend this book 8 April 2010
By Luann K. Keyton - Published on Amazon.com
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Having recently taken a "Restraint" course from a veterinary technology school where I felt we manhandled the animals and frightened them, this book was a breath of fresh air. I hope to be able to spread Dr. Yin's techniques to other vet clinics. I plan to use her videos for staff meetings to enlighten others who have taken the traditional classes on restraint.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dr. Yin's Techniques Worked for Our Shelter Dog! 12 Jun 2009
By Rachel Warren - Published on Amazon.com
NOTE: My husband and I have had the good fortune to work directly with Dr. Yin. Her techniques are clearly depicted and described in this book. Our vet and vet techs have been able to implement the techniques after reading specific chapters. In addition, we helped review the chapters on cat handling to ensure that the instructions were clear and could be easily followed (and we are not cat owners). What follows is a description of how Dr. Yin's techniques, illustrated in this book, helped us with one of our dogs.

When we first rescued P. as an 8-month-old puppy, she had an upper respiratory infection and was lethargic, so her fear-based behavior issues did not manifest themselves for a few weeks. Once they did, she appeared apprehensive around strangers (e.g., cautiousness, prolonged barking) and would snarl or threaten to bite when we attempted to put a leash on her. When we managed to get P. out for a walk, she would practically crawl through the neighborhood because she was so afraid of everything. In addition, the vet indicated that they had problems handling her after her spay surgery--for instance, the veterinary staff had to double-leash her to remove her from her crate, and they couldn't muzzle her or even examine her sutures due to her lunging, growling, and snapping at them. We wanted to deal with this issue proactively, so we contacted Dr. Yin. In retrospect, that was the best decision we made for P. and for ourselves as her guardians.

We worked with Dr. Yin to address P.'s aggressiveness and counter-condition her to situations where she was fearful. She responded quickly to Dr. Yin's positive techniques--rewarding her with small bits of food or treats for offering the correct behaviors. The day after Dr. Yin's first consultation with us, P. volunteered good manners and sat for her food! It was important that we not ever scold or reprimand her, since a negative tone of voice seemed to make her fearful and unhappy.

Each counter-conditioning effort took only a few days, including training her to accept a leash, Gentle Leader, and muzzle. In a matter of a couple weeks, P. was eager to go on walks and would stick her nose into her Gentle Leader when it was offered to her. We also worked on getting her used to people we knew--as well as strangers--greeting, petting, or handling her inside and outside of our home. In addition, we worked with Dr. Yin and her staff to see how P. would respond to counter-conditioning in a mock clinical setting. A staff member with whom P. was unfamiliar was able to examine her after counter-conditioning her at the beginning of and during the visit.

P.'s training will never end, but she has made a great deal of progress in the last year. As an example, her one-year follow-up vet appointment went very well because we prepared her and the vet appropriately. Before the visit, we gave her vet a specific chapter this book, which illustrated techniques she could use with P. We also took P. to the vet for counter-conditioning on three different days before her actual visit, and she grew more excited each day when we got home because she wanted to go to the clinic and get treats! On the day of her appointment, P. was definitely the most relaxed dog in the waiting room. She was friendly with everyone present, too. She let the vet handle her for her exam with no problem--volunteering "sit" and "shake" for treats. We were present and gave her treats throughout the exam, and she remained calm and happy. I helped distract her and "open" her ear for the vet to examine because she's still a little skittish about that. We put the muzzle on her for her shots, and she paid no attention to the shots at all because she was focused on the bottle of spray cheese I was feeding her thru the muzzle. They were all very pleased and impressed with how well she did. [Update: Her two subsequent visits have been extremely positive, and we have not had to use a muzzle.]

Thanks to Dr. Yin's help, P. is a happy, goofy, and affectionate member of our household! She enjoys visits from our friends and is less fearful of new people. Most importantly, we know that we can continue to work closely with her vets to provide her with any veterinary care she may need.
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