Animal Book Club

If you love reading and animals, the Companion Animal Psychology Book Club is for you.


A cute puppy sits on an open hardback book


The Companion Animal Psychology Book Club is for discussion of books about dogs, cats, and our relationship with companion animals.

Book of the month February 2017: Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are? by Frans de Waal.




About the Animal Book Club


The club discusses one book a month except for January and July, so we read ten books a year.

Most books will be non-fiction, although fiction will be considered if a companion animal plays a prominent role.

Books may cover a wide variety of perspectives, but there is a preference for humane and kind treatment of animals (and people), and for scientific or critical approaches to the human-animal bond. Books do not have to be recent, but they will be available in book stores.

Everyone is welcome to join, whether or not you are a regular reader of Companion Animal Psychology.

The Companion Animal Psychology Book Club Facebook group is currently full. Apologies, but the group is not taking any new members at this time. (When this changes, a note will be posted here).

However, you can still follow on the blog and read alongside us. Each month, I will post a list of the discussion questions and some highlights from the discussion. You will be able to add your comments too.

If you would like to organize a local, real-life book club meeting in your area, please let me know and I will be able to share the discussion questions with you. (Disclaimer: I am not responsible for groups organized by other people; follow usual safety rules if meeting people).

An up-to-date list of all the discussions from each month will be maintained on this page.


The Books Discussed So Far


The book for December 2016 was The Secret History of Kindness: Learning from How Dogs Learn by Melissa Holbrook Pierson.



The book for November 2016 was The Trainable Cat: A Practical Guide to Making Life Happier for You and Your Cat by John Bradshaw and Sarah Ellis. To whet your appetite, you can read my interview with Dr. Sarah Ellis.

When you have read the book, please leave your comments on the summary of discussion of The Trainable Cat.



Happy reading!



A cat, a cup of coffee and a book - what more could you want?





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