It is with great sadness that I am writing this. On Monday, September 29th the pet community and world lost a wonderful veterinarian and animal behaviorist, Dr. Sophia Yin, DVM,MS.
If you don’t know Dr. Yin, I am sure you’ve been exposed to her teachings of doggy behavior and training techniques.
Dr. Yin taught me so much about creating relationships with dogs. I remember a few years back picking up the book, Perfect Puppy in 7 Days. I began reading this even before I knew I was going to have a crazy Shih Tzu puppy come into my life. I learned that good behavior is learned by creating consistent habits, attention at all times to your dog and sticking to a structured program. It is through this program along with proper treats and rewards that Riley learned to be polite above anything else. I was not only able to “train” a well behaved dog, but I actually created a true partnership with my dog. A dog who looks to me for guidance, is able to have impulse and emotional control and most importantly, knows that I am a fun person and worth listening to. All the things Dr. Yin told me she would be.