Renowned animal behaviorist and veterinarian Sophia Yin, DVM, MS, who lectured and wrote extensively and invented the Treat & Train reward-based training system, passed away Monday at the age of 48.
A brief message about her passing was posted on Yin’s website and Facebook page.
"It is with deep sadness and heartfelt sorrow that we announce the passing of Dr. Sophia Yin. As a beloved colleague in the field of animal behavior and veterinary medicine, she enriched many lives and improved the relationship amongst pets and their owners/guardians. She was a visionary, an internationally renowned author and lecturer, and made the world around her a better place to live. She is, and will continue to be, sorely missed. At this time the family and staff has requested privacy as they struggle to handle this sudden and unexpected loss."
Many colleagues such as Steve Dale and Dr. Marty Becker have posted eulogies about Dr. Yin.
Dr. Yin graduated in 1993 from the University of California Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. After practicing in private practice for a brief time, she realized that many patients were being euthanized due to behavioral issues and she returned to UC Davis to earn her masters degree in animal science with an emphasis on animal behavior.
She is best known for her Treat & Train method but has produced many books including "Low Stress Handling, Restraint and Behavior Modification of Dogs & Cats", "How to Behave So Your Dog Behaves" and "Perfect Puppy in 7 Days: How to Start Your Puppy Off Right".
Dr. Yin was respected by all and will be greatly missed.