Book Praise and
Dr. Marty Becker, Veterinary contributor to ABC TV's Good Morning America — I 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 Evolution — Sophia 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 naïve 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 Zoo — Whether 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.