Dr. Sophia Yin's How to Behave So Your Dog Behaves
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Dr. Sophia Yin, a 1993 graduate of the University of California at Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, is the award-winning pet columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle and the author of The Small Animal Veterinary Nerdbook, a best-selling textbook for veterinary students. She also is the creator of the Manners Minder.

Dr. Yin earned her Master's degree in Animal Science in 2001 from UC Davis, where she studied vocal communication in dogs and worked with behavior modification in horses, giraffes, ostriches, and chickens. She currently teaches three upper-division undergraduate courses in domestic animal behavior in the UC Davis Animal Science Department, supervises students in various animal training and behavior research projects, makes animal behavior housecalls, and lectures at various veterinary behavior symposia and animal training conferences across the country. Her current behavior research focuses on the use of positive reinforcement to address nuisance barking and other undesirable behaviors in dogs.

Dr. Yin's newest book, How to Behave So Your Dog Behaves, teaches you how to get the best behavior you can from your dog. It provides:

  A positive, scientifically sound approach to behavior modification with clear, straightforward
  An in-depth guide to understanding dogs and how to effectively communicate with them
  Friendly, instructional drawings that enhance training concepts
  Problem solving exercises and spot quizzes that reinforce learning

From the Book  Although you may not be aware of it, every interaction you have with your dog is a training session--with each pat on the head, cluck of disapproval, or offer of a treat, your dog is learning something. Whether he is learning something you want him to learn is another matter. If you want a well-behaved dog, you're going to have to modify your own behavior in order to modify his or hers. The best way to achieve this is to understand how dogs think and learn. The positive approach to correcting and training your dog's behaviors will help you see the world from your dog's perspective and provide the necessary training tools to effect amazing behavioral changes.


Book Table of Contents

Book Praise and Reviews
Dr. Marty Becker, Veterinary contributor to ABC TV's Good Morning AmericaI find this book so uniquely valuable, it will be front and center in my bookcase.

Raymond Coppinger, PhD, Professor of Biology, Hampshire College, author of Dogs: A New Understanding of Canine Origin, Behavior and EvolutionSophia Yin's approach to dog training is a perfect meshing of the scientific theory and practical application. What is most important is her introduction to trainers of the significance of the person's behavior and its effect on the dog's learning ability. Sophia has done this better than anyone else, emphasizing in a very readable fashion the lasting effects of people's actions on their dog's behaviors. This is an important book for anyone who wants to maximize correct interactions with the pet.

Dr. Leslie Larson Cooper, DVM, Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Behaviorists "There are books that emphasize normal behavior and learning theory, and there are books that teach your dog to obey obedience commands, but this book includes both in a logical and easy-to-read fashion-AND tells you what to do to correct things if your training program isn't going exactly as planned-AND gives you real life situations where knowing and using that particular command would be helpful. That is rare. Dr. Yin knows how-and why-to train, and how to convey the finer points to the average dog owner who wants a better relationship with their dogs."

Dr. Marcie Desrochers, PhD, BCBA, Professor of Applied Arts in Behavioral Psychology, St. Lawrence College, Kingston, Ontario In a humorous and insightful manner, Dr. Yin presents a tremendously useful approach to understanding and changing dog behavior. Lively descriptions are given of a slew of powerful techniques to supply even the most nave of pet owners with the armament needed to tame the most willful beast. Dr. Yin focuses on the positives: Her equation for success is: positive behavior + positive consequences = positive progress!"

Gary Priest Curator, Applied Animal Behavior, The San Diego ZooWhether your working with the behavior of an elephant, primate, killer whale, or your very own pet, Sophia Yin has done a first rate job describing the terms and techniques the best professional animal trainers use. The reader will find the exercises and questions in each chapter to be insightful and very helpful in developing their understanding and skill in the application of this wonderful technology.