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

by Sophia Yin, DVM, MS

Goodbye, bad behavior. Hello, patients who love their visits. This pictorial guide to reducing fear gives you all the handling techniques you need.

$134.95 Member
$144.95 Nonmember

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6.5 x 9.5
CattleDog Publishing

Talking patients through their fear: it’s not just for humans anymore. With more than 1,600 photos of animals in real-life situations, this pictorial guide breaks down exactly what your patient’s behavior is communicating—and provides you with the responses you need to calm their fears. Create a safer environment for your team and, best of all, start developing patients who love their visits. By Dr. Sophia Yin, the author of The Small Animal Veterinary Nerdbook, this book and DVD will teach you how to:

  • Implement the most up-to-date handling techniques
  • Restrain animals through behavior modification instead of coercion, dominance, or other negative training methods
  • Increase your efficiency through increased patient compliance
  • Stop perpetuating behavior problems in patients
  • Improve the bond between you, the pet, and the client

This book and DVD set features:

  • More than 1,600 photos and three hours of video clips with voiceover narratives
  • What you think you’re doing right, but may actually be doing wrong
  • Step-by-step, illustrated counterconditioning protocols for common procedures
  • Client handouts and consent forms

Book and DVD Set, 1600+ color photographs, CattleDog Publishing

Sophia Yin, DVM, MS, author of The Small Animal Veterinary Nerdbook, was 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 book and instructional DVD set focused on the most humane techniques that reduce stress for people and pets.
Foreword by Bonnie V. Beaver, BS, DVM, MS, DACVB
Section 1. Recognizing the Early Signs of Probelms
1. Fear
2. Dominance versus Unruly Behavior
Section 2. How Animals Learn to Behave and Misbehave
3. Classical Conditioning (a.k.a. Associative Learning)
4. Operant Conditioning Basics (Learning by Trial and Error)
5. Methods of Behavior Modification
Section 3. From House to Hospital Exam Room—Making a Good First Impression
6. Preparing Pets for a Hospital Visit
7. Preparing the Environment for the Pet's Visit
8. Exam Room Tips
9. Moving Dogs Around the Facility
10. Transporting Cats Within the Hospital
Section 4. Low-Stress Restraint Techniques
11. General Handling Principles
12. Restraint for Standard Positions in Dogs
13. Canine Restraint Procedures 
14. Dealing with Difficult Dogs 
15. Restraint for Standard Positions in Cats
16. Restraining Cats for Procedures
17. Handling Difficult Cats
Section 5. Preventing and Reversing Problems
18. Counterconditioning Protocols for Dogs and Cats
19. Preventive Behavioral Health for Puppies
20. Preventive Behavioral Health for Kittens 
“If a picture is worth a thousand words, then this is a huge volume. The photographs show actual expressions of dogs and cats in real-life situations, and the methods of handling them are clearly shown, as are the results. This type of book is long overdue.”
—Bonnie V. Beaver, BS, DVM, MS, DACVB Past President, American Veterinary Medical Association
“This book is excellent. It's not just great training for veterinary students, but should be read by veterinarians, no matter how many years they’ve been in practice. The techniques in this book will help reduce patient stress, improve staff safety, and enhance professional satisfaction by improving our bond with our patients.”
—Laurie Bergman, VMD, DACVD