The Many Faces of Fear & Aggression
Dr. Sophia Yin
November 6-7, 9:00am-4:00pm each day 
  • A two-step process for solving nonmedical issues. How to think like a dog/cat/horse/goat and the power of Pavlov.
  • If punishment is so bad, why does it work on TV? Quick fixes usually cause more problems than they resolve. Suppressing a behavior without addressing its cause means you are only chasing symptoms, but not truly fixing the problem. Learn how to distinguish between root causes.
  • Low-stress handling. Learn simple techniques that help dogs feel safe and secure during necessary exams. Your skills can make the difference between a quick and easy exam or a stressful encounter.
  • Training is a sport. Learn how timing, criteria and rate of reinforcement) and other important factors (natural history, physiology, motivation, communication) affect learning.
  • Your mouth is saying one thing, but your body's saying another. We spend so much time watching dogs and thinking about what they are doing that it's easy to forget they're analyzing us too--and we are confusing and inconsistent! Identify some of the most common miscommunications between people and dogs, and learn ways to avoid them.
  • Lucky Lucy: Getting a puppy off to a great start. Stories of Lucy the Australian Cattle Dog from the moment she arrived until now. What went well, what didn't, and what you can do to ensure puppies get off to a great start.
  • Many faces of fear and aggression: When are problems really solved? Behavior problems can be complex and often require life-long management and training. Learn how to set realistic goals and develop behavior modification plans that your clients can truly implement and work with.
CEUs: 11 IAABC CEUs, CCPDT 11.5 CEUs  

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COST:  $255 for both days or $150 for one day

Early-bird price until September 18: Only $235
Lunch and snacks are included both days
Recommended Hotel:  Comfort Inn, University Center, 11180 Fairfax Blvd, Fairfax, VA 22030

Cancellation Policy.  All cancellations must be in writing (email or fax)

•    No fewer than 30 days prior to the start date, full refund.
•    Between 29 and 7 days prior to the start date, 50% refund.
•    Cancellations 6 days or less before the course, no refunds.

Dr. Sophia Yin is a graduate of the University of California’s Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. She is the author of How to Behave So Your Dog Behaves, The Small Animal Veterinary Nerdbook®, a best-selling text book for veterinary students, and developer of the MannersMinder Dog Training System.

Sophia earned her Master's in Animal Science from UC Davis, where she studied vocal communication in dogs and worked on behavior modification in horses, giraffes, ostriches, and chickens. She was also the award-winning pet columnist for The San Francisco Chronicle.


After receiving her degree, Dr. Yin served for five years as a lecturer in the UC Davis Animal Science Department. She taught three upper-division undergraduate courses in domestic animal behavior and supervised students in various animal training and behavior research projects.


Dr. Yin currently sees behavior house calls, works at San Francisco Veterinary Specialists, writes for several veterinary and popular magazines, and lectures internationally on animal behavior. To view video on behavior modification in dogs, cats, horses, chickens and giraffes, visit her website at www.AskDrYin.com .

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