Are you looking for some new accounts to follow in 2017? I’ve compiled a list of some of the best people and organizations to follow on twitter and Facebook if you’re interested in companion animals, science, and the human-animal bond.
Not only do they produce great content of their own, they also have a varied feed that includes news, research and interesting snippets from around the web.
I’ve given links to twitter and Facebook accounts so you can follow however you choose (some are more active on one than the other). The first link is always to twitter, Facebook second if they are on there too.
The list is in no particular order, so read through and see who you would like to follow.
Of course, there are many talented people in the world, so please add your own suggestions for people or organizations to follow in the comments below.
Dr. John Bradshaw – anthrozoologist and best-selling author of Dog Sense (In Defence of Dogs), Cat Sense, and co-author of The Trainable Cat
Dr. Sarah Ellis (Facebook) – co-author of the Trainable Cat and feline behaviour specialist at International Cat Care
Dr. Hal Herzog – Professor Emeritus of Psychology at Western Carolina University and author of Some We Love, Some We Hate, and Some We Eat: Why It’s So Hard to Think Straight About Animals
Dr. Alexandra Horowitz – canine cognition scientist and author of the best-selling books Inside of a Dog and Being a Dog.
Family Dog Project (Facebook) – the canine behaviour research group shares frequent updates on the latest scientific research from their team and others around the globe
Julie Hecht (Dog Spies) – don't miss the fantastic posts on canine science at Julie's Scientific American blog Dog Spies
Mia Cobb (Do You Believe in dog?) – now a canine science community with guest posts from young scientists on the blog and a feed full of news about canine science, including opportunities to participate
International Cat Care (Facebook) – a great resource for cat lovers, with information and advice for owners and professionals, as well as cute cat pictures too
Dr. Ilana Reisner (Facebook) – this veterinary behaviourist regularly deconstructs dog bite incidents to teach you how to prevent dog bites, and shares interesting and evidence-based items on animal behaviour and training
Mikel Delgado (Feline Minds) – Certified Cat Behaviour Consultant and PhD candidate shares information about cats and squirrels, with especially useful information on food puzzles for cats
Ingrid Johnson (Fundamentally Feline) – education about cats and gorgeous photos from this Certified Cat Behaviour Consultant
BC SPCA (Facebook) – in amongst the photos of adoptable animals there is plenty of advice on how to care for pets, including #TipTuesday videos
Maddie’s Fund (Facebook) – lots of tips to help shelter dogs and cats, along with social media and website advice for the people running the shelters #ThankstoMaddie
The Academy for Dog Trainers (Facebook) – for links to top-notch dog training advice from Jean Donaldson’s Academy for Dog Trainers (“the Harvard of dog training”)
Kristi Benson (Facebook) – dog trainer, sled dog rescuer, and Academy tutor, with a funny and entertaining dog training blog
Maureen Backman (Mutt About Town) – a philosophical approach to reward-based dog training, plus lots of useful info on muzzles via the Muzzle Up project
Pet Professional Guild (Facebook) – advice on dog training and news from the organization for force free pet professionals
IAABC – information on behaviour problems in pets and links to journal articles and mentorships from the International Association of Animal Behaviour Consultants
Jessica Perry Hekman DVM (Facebook) – the author of The Dog Zombie blog is also a PhD candidate in genomics and is a great explainer of canine genetics
Dr. Brian Hare (Facebook) – information on animal minds and evolution, especially dogs and bonobos, from the associate professor of Evolutionary Anthropology at Duke and founder of Dognition
Pam Johnson-Bennett (Facebook) – cat news and tips from the best-selling author of Think Like a Cat and host of Animal Planet’s Psycho Kitty
Susan Little DVM – this veterinarian specializes in feline medicine and has a twitter feed packed with intriguing facts about cats
Dr. Melanie Rock – information about non-human animals and health, including dog parks and dog bite prevention, from this Associate Professor at the University of Calgary
Martha Smith-Blackmore DVM – this compassionate expert in veterinary forensics is a Faculty Fellow at Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine and shares information on animal cruelty and animal welfare
Dr. Malcolm Campbell – biologist and Vice President (Research) at the University of Guelph, follow Malcolm for science tweets and #SixIncredibleThingsBeforeBreakfast that will blow your mind about animals and the universe
Katzenworld Blog (Facebook) – for chatty posts, product reviews and cute cat photos, with some articles on cat health and behaviour too
Fear Free (Facebook) – the new movement to help dogs and cats have a better experience at the veterinarian
The Centre for Shelter Dogs (Facebook) – part of the Cummings Veterinary School at Tufts University and brings you lots of resources to help shelter dogs
Anthrozoology Research Group (Facebook) – shares links to interesting anthrozoological research by themselves and from around the globe
Dr. Sam Gaines (Sidney Snippets) – head of the Companion Animal dept at the RSPCA, with lots of tips to improve animal welfare and #EndBSL
Dr. Rachel Casey – veterinary behaviourist and animal welfare scientist at Dogs Trust, so look out for lots of great info on canine behaviour
Dr. Chris Blazina – psychologist with a special interest in understanding men and their canine best friends, shares interesting links about human animal interaction
Dr. Alan McElligott – tweets about his research and about animal behaviour, welfare and cognition generally; look out especially for the entertaining goat stories
ASA Animals Society (Facebook) – the American Sociological Association looks at the complex relationships between humans and animals
Dr. Marc Abraham (Facebook) – animal welfare campaigner and veterinarian of the year, with regular games of #GuessTheBreed
Dr. Pete Wedderburn (Facebook) – veterinary advice and news, and you’ll find a large library of articles on his website too.
Pupaid (Facebook) – a UK group campaigning against puppy farms and sharing followers’ photos of their adopted pets
Dr. Sophia Yin (Facebook) – the account of the company set up by the late Dr. Sophia Yin, CattleDog Publishing, shares her writings and educational links on animal behaviour.
Dr Marty Becker DVM (Facebook) veterinary information and stories about the human-animal bond from America’s veterinarian
Montreal SPCA (Facebook) – help them campaign against Breed Specific Legislation by following them and their hashtag #SaferKinderCommunities
How to follow people on twitter and facebook
On twitter:Following someone is as simple as clicking the follow button, but did you know you can make lists to make it easy to keep track of your favourite accounts? They can be private (so that only you know about them) or public (so the people on the list get a notification, and anyone can follow your list).
You will find a lists tab on your profile page, or you can use the gear icon drop-down menu.
On Facebook:When you like a page, you automatically also follow it, which means you should see page updates in your feed. You can follow a page without liking it if you prefer. Whichever you pick, Facebook’s algorithm will choose what you see. If you regularly interact with a page (like, comment, share), you are more likely to see their posts.
You can also select the option to get notifications from your favourite pages (go to the page, click on the ‘following’ tab, turn notifications on and choose the options you want e.g. ‘all posts’).
Looking for even more people to follow?This is easiest on twitter. Pick some of your favourite accounts, see who they retweet and talk to, look at who they are following, and go follow the accounts you like the look of.
If you're looking for dogs to follow (rather than dog people), then Julie Hecht (details above) has published a list of dogs that rock on social media.
You will also always find interesting reading in my blogs to follow list, which updates automatically each time there is a new post.
You’ll find me on twitter, Facebook and pinterest, and of course you can also follow Companion Animal Psychology by email. Subscribers can send me their thoughts on a post by simply hitting the reply button.
Now it’s your turn to add to the list! Please leave your suggestions in the comments box.
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