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Dr. Sophia Yin, DVM, MS

Sunday September 9, 2012
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Low-Stress Handling of Dogs & Cats: Creating the Pet-Friendly Hospital

Sarah Richardson’s Canine Connection is committed to offering educational seminars and training to our community to expand knowledge about current pet-related topics, inviting veterinary staff, pet owners, trainers, pet foster parents, and anyone who is interested in learning how to improve their relationship with their furry friends.

We are proud to announce that Dr. Sophia Yin, will be presenting a one-day workshop on “Low-Stress Handling of Dogs & Cats” at our canine education center in Chico!

Dr. Sophia Yin is a veterinarian, applied animal behaviorist, and the author of many books and textbooks, including Low Stress Handling, Restraint and Behavior Modification of Dogs & Cats; The Small Animal Veterinary Nerdbook®; How to Behave So Your Dog Behaves and Perfect Puppy in 7 Days: How to Start Your Puppy Off Right. She earned her veterinary degree at UC Davis in 1993, and later her Master’s in Animal Science with emphasis in Animal Behavior in 2001. Her thesis and related publications were on vocal communication in dogs. For five years, Dr. Yin taught the animal behavior courses in the UC Davis Animal Science Department. She currently sees behavior consults, writes for popular magazines, serves as an executive board member of the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior, and creates books and instructional materials with the goal of helping veterinarians, animal trainers, and the public. Dr. Yin’s mission in life is to improve our understanding of animals and their behavior so that we can care for, appreciate, and enjoy our time with them better.

This fun and fascinating seminar has been carefully designed to address veterinary hospital efficiency, staff safety, help create happy pets and clients, and build a greater bond with clients. Reaching beyond veterinary medicine, this seminar addresses handling pets with finesse instead of force, beneficial information and hands-on training for everyone; veterinary staff, pet trainers, and pet owners.

The seminar will consist of both lecture and lab time. Participants will learn how to recognize the body language of fear and aggression and how to reverse it. There will be a range of low-stress handling methods taught and everyone will have ample hands-on lab time practicing proper approach of animals in a non-threatening manner; performing toweling techniques for cats and dogs; understanding what we might be doing inadvertently to increase a pet’s fear, and how to recognize and avoid a bite, and more!

Join us for an exciting and educationally fun day at our training and education center with Dr. Yin along with her dog Jonesy – as well as other visiting dogs and cats for demonstration and hands-on practice!

The day begins at 8:00 AM, (see schedule below for topics) with lunch provided by Cocodine Thai Restaurant from 12:00 – 1:00 PM (vegetarian options available), then we will continue through the afternoon until 5:00 PM.

Cost: $120 (lunch included) 

*Veterinary staff: group of three or more from individual clinic/hospital receive 10% savings per registration

CEUs: 7.0 CCPDT, 8.5 IAABC

We have reserved a block of rooms with the Holiday Inn, located at 685 Manzanita Court, Chico, CA, located just off HWY99. To reserve a room via the internet: by telephone 530-345-2491. Toll Free: 1-800-310-2491. Group Name: Canine Connection.


Karen Pryor Clicker Training AcademyZoe-at-agility

In summer and fall 2010, The Canine Connection will serve as the campus for the Karen
Pryor Clicker Training Academy. This academy is designed for people interested in becoming 
dog trainers, and those who want to take their training business to the next level. The program combines the convenience of distance learning with the power of hands-on teaching. Read more about the academy program, including registration requirements and procedures, here:



Artist Kiana Boyd, age 7, was awarded first place in the "Rhodie" division of the children's art show for this wonderful depiction of Rhodie at his birthday bash.

Artist Kiana Boyd, age 7, was awarded first place in the “Rhodie” division of the children’s art show for this wonderful depiction of Rhodie at his birthday bash.

Rhodie’s BOW WOW Birthday Bash
Sunday, April 17, 2011
1 to 4 PM

Rhodie is the Canine Connection’s mascot. He is sweet, happy, smart, and fun. Those who have met him know him as the super jumper, able to clear any barrier with a single bound. Had I known of his skill in this area, I would have named him Jack.

It’s hard to believe that a year has passed since Rhodie’s first birthday party (and what a party it was – see photos of last year’s bash here). This year we are celebrating the TERRIFIC TWOs! We’ve got a line up of fun and frolic to celebrate the birthdays of Rhodie and all dogs!

This year we have a very special theme: dogs and children’s art! Students from Chico Art School have created masterpieces of Rhodie and their special dog friends. Beginning April 5, we’ll be showing this art work at the Canine Connection and featuring winners in several categories and age groups. The entries – close to 100 total pieces – are fun, colorful, touching, and just amazing! And, many of the pieces will be fore sale with a portion of proceeds to go to NorCal Aussie Rescue.

All afternoon – 1:00 to 4:00 PM
Contests, giveaways, and goodies! Plus, we’re offering 10% off everything in our store!

Dogs love birthdays too! But no presents for Rhodie, please. With you as a friend, he has all he wants. Instead, please give generously to NorCal Aussie Rescue or a shelter or rescue group of your choosing.

This event is at our MAIN CAMPUS, 2990 Hwy 32, Suite 2100. Get directions here.