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.
Contents Section 1: Recognizing the Early Signs of Problems 1. Fear 2. Dominance vs. 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 for 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 Index