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The Pet Professional Guild's Geek Week

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Join me at the Pet Professional Guild's Geek Week this November.
By Zazie Todd, PhD

Why do people pick pedigree cats with flat faces? (Research)

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People with flat-faced (brachycephalic) cats don’t realize the health issues associated with the breed, study shows.
By Zazie Todd, PhD

Companion Animal Psychology News October 2020

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Funny animal pictures, wolf leaders, and barriers to being a vet - this month's Companion Animal Psychology news.


By Zazie Todd, PhD
My favourites this month

Best Friends: Being Kind to Pets and to People

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How kindness - in dog training, animal behaviour, on rehoming pets, and to others in our profession -  can change the world for dogs and cats.
By Zazie Todd, PhD

Happy Thanksgiving

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Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving!


By Zazie Todd, PhD
It is Thanksgiving here in Canada. In this strangest of years, I wish you and yours love, peace, safety, and good health.  I am thankful to everyone who has supported this blog and my book, Wag: The Science of Making Your Dog Happy. I am also thankful to each and every one of you for your dedication and care for companion animals and their people. And of course, so grateful to the doctors and nurses, scientists, public health specialists, and everyone else on the front line in this pandemic.Wherever you are, I hope today brings you many moments of joy, and good company even if it's from a distance or through a screen. Happy Thanksgiving! Take care.Zazie
Zazie Todd, PhD, is the author of Wag: The Science of Making Your Dog Happy. She is the founder of the popular blog Companion Animal Psychology, where she writes about everything from training methods to the human-canine relationship. She also writes a column for Psychology Today an…

The Writer’s Pet: Eva Holland and Nerve

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Eva Holland on her Alaskan Husky, Tacoma, and her book, Nerve: Adventures in the Science of Fear.

No. 3 in the series The Writer’s Pet by Zazie Todd, PhD.  
On the way back down the mountain from ice climbing, Eva Holland suddenly finds herself frozen with fear. This experience, and the recent loss of her mother, prompted Holland to write Nerve: Adventures in the Science of Fear, which beautifully pairs personal experience with the science of fear and anxiety. The New York Times described Nerve as “An intimate and wide-ranging look at fears and how we overcome them.” Holland told me about her dog, Tacoma, the benefits of stepping away from the screen for a dog walk, and her approach to writing Nerve. This page contains affiliate links.
What is your dog’s name?TacomaType of pet?Alaskan HuskyWhat do you love most about your pet? I love how happy he is almost all of the time - he's been this incredible shot of joy in my life during a tough year. He was a work…