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Lending Charlotte her behavior expertise-Dr. Sophia Yin visits the Queen City

2012 APBF Behavior Seminar with Dr. Sophia Yin, DVM, MS


From creating the perfect puppy in seven days to rapid reversal of fear and aggression, Dr. Yin, DVM, MS spent two days with ticket holders at the UNCC Center City building, giving insight on many common canine behavioral issues, and more importantly, ways to fix them.

The seminar took place on Saturday, June 16th and Sunday, June 17th from 9am to 5pm.
The seminar took place on Saturday, June 16th and Sunday, June 17th from 9am to 5pm.
American Pit Bull Foundation
Dr. Sophia Yin, DVM, MS, Animal Behaviorist
Dr. Sophia Yin

Dr. Yin focused on methods that involve rewarding desired behavior and removing rewards for undesired behavior. Using her highly effective Learn to Earn Program, the nationally renowned Animal Behaviorist was able to demonstrate how to communicate in a way which dogs not only understand, but eagerly engage with.

According to surveyed participants, the seminar moved at the perfect pace. Learning target training helped gain focus through distractions and using flash lure helped handlers receive attention willingly from their canine counterparts during exercises. Dr. Yin aided the veterinary participants with talking about low stress handling for veterinary patients and incorporated the Buddy System leash to help trainers and owners more effectively teach appropriate behaviors and focus.

The guest speaker iterated the importance of leading like a leader in a dance as opposed to more cave man-like approaches involving dominance behavior, Alpha rolls, and punishment. Giving specific real life examples helped audience members relate to the outcomes of both training styles.

Dr. Yin’s delivery method included lecture with visual aids, hands-on working spots with canines, human demonstrations, and an up-beat pace which made for an easy to follow lesson for all learning types.

The Behavior Seminar was organized by the Charlotte-based educational and rescue group, the American Pit Bull Foundation. Eukanuba, Elanco, and Zuke’s were among the sponsors that made the event possible.

All in all, a very successful event that is certain to aid Charlotte owners, trainers, behaviorists, and veterinary staff in ultimately helping to relieve some of the frustrations that lead to surrendered pets in the Queen City.

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