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How Sophia and Her CattleDog Began It All! – CattleDog Publishing

By Christine D. Calder, DVM, DACVB

Dr. Sophia Yin presenting. Picture courtesy of CattleDog Publishing.

“With good dealing with, the affected person ought to get higher and never worse.” Sophia Yin

From the prognosis and remedy of behavioral circumstances to the discount of worry, nervousness, and stress in veterinary sufferers, the previous 20 years have seen quite a few advances in veterinary habits. Within the early 2000’s Sophia Yin, a veterinarian and animal behaviorist, emerged on the scene to steer this transformation. Motivated by the belief that extra pets had been euthanized for behavioral causes than medical points, she made it her lifelong ardour to coach veterinarians and animal professionals about animal habits and the advantages of Low Stress Dealing with for canine and cats.

In 2009, Sophia printed her first textbook Low Stress Dealing with®, Restraint and Habits Modification of Canine and Cats. This ground-breaking guide was the product of lots of of hours spent objectively observing veterinary workforce members dealing with each canine and cats. Utilizing a photograph journal type, Sophia illustrated her strategies for effectively and safely restraining sufferers whereas minimizing stress ranges of the affected person, shopper, and veterinary workforce. The Low Stress Dealing with Silver Particular person and Observe Certification was born from this guide in 2014.

“If we offer an atmosphere the place the animal feels comfy and protected, whereas additionally offering clear steerage relating to what we wish the animal to do, the pet will likely be much less fearful and extra cooperative, which in flip will assist us get by the process extra rapidly each now and on future visits.” Sophia Yin

Sophia developed the “Ten Normal Rules of Dealing with,” which she shared in quite a few publications and lectures. These Rules have since grow to be the core for different certification applications resembling AAFP’s Cat Pleasant Practices®, and Concern Free® Pets.

The low stress ideas promoted in every of those applications, resembling method sufferers in a much less threatening means and the significance of beginning with a cushty atmosphere, all started with Sophia’s work.

“When animals are delicate to being touched, keep away from patting the animal or touching her rapidly and repeatedly. Every contact will trigger the canine to startle. As an alternative place your arms on the animal extra proximally and preserve it there till the canine relaxes.” Sophia Yin

Sophia taught preserve sufferers feeling safe by inserting arms and physique to regulate motion in all six instructions when restraining. She additionally taught towel wrapping strategies for cats. An advocate for sedation earlier than pets grow to be distressed, she created the 2 and three second rule of restraint to keep away from extended struggling and launched the veterinary world to the usage of meals as distractors and rewards in the course of the examination and different procedures.

Sophia’s contributions to veterinary habits didn’t cease at implementing low stress/worry veterinary care. She additionally launched pet professionals to the scientific methodology and studying concept. She offered hands-on coaching within the fundamentals of animal habits, emphasizing the particular causes and results of habits and the way a learner will solely repeat what has been bolstered. In her lectures, she used visible examples from her intensive video and photographic library and cited scientific research exhibiting how constructive punishment usually will increase worry and nervousness. As her profession progressed, she traveled to Europe and Australia to share her doctrine of habits teachings.

At all times the consummate scientist, Sophia led the way in which in debunking dominance concept and the misuse of “alpha” strategies in habits coaching. She supplemented her science-based teachings with partaking private tales, together with how her first try to make use of punishment-based coaching on her beloved canine Max modified her perspective on canine coaching and impressed her to grow to be a behaviorist. After attending Bob Bailey’s, Animal Habits Enterprise (ABE) Rooster Coaching Camp, she expanded her pursuits past companion animals to different species and distinctive coaching alternatives. At camp, she discovered vital mechanical coaching abilities and the “course of of coaching the trainers to coach the animals.” Later, it was by Bob, that she met Simon Prins. A pioneer himself, Simon launched the novel ideas of constructive reinforcement coaching to the canine police and navy canine coaching world. Collectively, Sophia and Simon created a tool for educating concentrating on workout routines to police and navy working canine. These workout routines had been then later utilized in high secret operations.

Along with her humane dealing with strategies, Sophia strove to assist pet homeowners grow to be expert trainers growing the accessibility of habits remedy choices for them and their pets. She developed an algorithm and coding program to streamline the coaching and habits modification course of for veterinarians and their shoppers. With pet homeowners in thoughts, she invented the Manners Minder (later renamed the Deal with & Prepare®), an computerized, remote-controlled deal with dispenser to deal with drawback behaviors resembling door dashing, leaping up, and even automotive trip nervousness. Later she utilized this gadget within the remedy of fear-related aggression in the direction of different canine as a part of an entire habits modification plan.

Earlier than her premature passing, Sophia had many long-term objectives for her firm, CattleDog Publishing. She was actively creating further Low Stress Dealing with® Certification applications and varied materials concentrating on pet homeowners, shelter staff, and canine trainers. She was creating an app for her coding program and academic materials to help veterinarians in treating habits sufferers in their very own follow. From 2011-2014, Sophia authored a number of textbook chapters and was instrumental within the growth of American Veterinary Society of Animal Habits (AVSAB) Place Statements, the 2011 AAFP Feline Pleasant Dealing with Place Assertion, and 2015 AAHA Habits Pointers for Veterinarians.

A lot has come from Sophia’s legacy, together with the physique language posters hanging on many veterinary hospital partitions, The Good Pet in 7 Days guide impressed by her father and his new pet, chew prevention posters, books, and movies for youngsters, and the Behave so Your Canine Behaves guide for pet homeowners. These publications and instruments are nonetheless related and in style at the moment.

In early 2020, Sophia’s mom Jackie selected the Veterinary Info Community® (VIN) to archive and shield Sophia’s supplies. Now an integral a part of the VIN household, CattleDog Publishing is revitalizing Sophia’s imaginative and prescient whereas persevering with her authentic objectives of teaching others and bettering animal welfare.

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