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Fellow Creatures: Animals Aren't It

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I have a new post over at my Psychology Today blog, Fellow Creatures.
By Zazie Todd, PhD
The piece looks at the pronouns we use for animals and how our relationship with those animals affects the choices we make. Some style guides require writers to use it to refer to animals, but increasingly pet owners feel that animals aren't it. The piece also includes quotes from David Grimm, Alexandra Horowitz, and Aislinn Hunter.Check it out here: Animals Aren't It: Pets, Pronouns, and Choices.
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 and has received the prestigious Captain Haggerty Award for Best Training Article in 2017. Todd lives in Maple Ridge, BC, with her husband and two cats.

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The Writer's Pet: Aislinn Hunter and The Certainties

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Award-winning Canadian writer Aislinn Hunter on her gorgeous dogs and her latest book, The Certainties.
The first in a new series of The Writer's Pet, by Zazie Todd PhD.

Aislinn Hunter's latest book, The Certainties, is a bestseller that is described as "a wonderful mystery, a masterful piece of storytelling that will grip you the first time you read it, and a work of careful art that will reward you when you read it again" (Jon McGregor). 

For this first post in the series, Hunter told me about her book - and, of course, her pets.

I loved The Certainties and will be giving a copy away on Twitter to celebrate the launch of The Writer's Pet. Be sure to follow me on Twitter and enter for a chance to win. I'll draw the winner on 22nd September.
This page contains affiliate links. What are your pets’ names?Cooper, Juniper, and Clara. Type of pet?Border collie, Border collie, English setter.What do you love most about your pets? Their depth, complexity and intelligence…

Introducing The Writer’s Pet

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A new series about writers and their companion animals coming soon to Companion Animal Psychology.

By Zazie Todd, PhD

Charles Dickens had his pet raven, Grip; Ernest Hemingway had many polydactyl cats; Virginia Woolf had a cocker spaniel called Pinka; and Alice Walker keeps pet chickens. Authors love their pets, but how do they influence their writing? The Writer’s Pet explores the world of contemporary writers and their companion animals. My own pets have been a tremendous influence on my writing. I started this blog, and ultimately wrote my book, Wag: The Science of Making Your Dog Happy, because I was inspired by my own pets. I wanted to learn more about them, and to share information about animal behaviour and good animal welfare with cat and dog guardians. Even if writing means I am alone in my thoughts, I am not alone when I write. In Wag, I write of my dog Bodger watching me write whilst waiting for me to stop, because of what would happen next:“Bodger has a good internal clock. …

How is COVID-19 Affecting Relationships with Pets?

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Pets seem to have helped people cope with lockdown, but it’s not been easy for the pets, two studies show.
By Zazie Todd, PhD
This is a tough year for everyone. How have pets helped us cope with the difficulties of the pandemic so far? And is it a tough year for pets, too? Several research studies are already providing some answers.   In the relatively early days of the pandemic, which now feel like a decade ago, it became apparent that people would have to spend a lot more time at home, whether out of choice or because a lockdown was imposed. There were reports of people rushing out to adopt pets. And around the world, numerous academics launched studies to find out what was happening. Pets help people with tight lockdown in SpainSpain was badly affected early on, and went into a very strict lockdown in mid-March that was tightly policed. People were only allowed out to get food and medicine, to access healthcare, or to work (if working from home was not possible). They were not even al…

Animal Book Club September 2020

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“The American College of Veterinary Behaviorists doesn’t disappoint with this volume devoted to cats.”--Booklist.

By Zazie Todd, PhD
This month, the Companion Animal Psychology Book Club is reading Decoding Your Cat: The Ultimate Experts Explain Common Cat Behaviors and Reveal How to Prevent or Change Unwanted Ones by the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists and edited by Meghan E. Herron DVN DACVB, Debra F Horwitz DVM DACVB, and Carlo Siracusa DVM DACVB DECAWBM. 
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From the inside cover,"The cutting-edge, scientifically accurate, definitive book on the most common behavioural issues that cats face and how to prevent or solve them.One of the predominant reasons that owners abandon their pets in unwanted behaviour. And while other books and guides offer tips to train pet cats, cat owners are still often left befuddled: Why is my cat acting this way?Finally, the board-certified experts of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists provide …

Facebook Live Chat and Discussion of Wag with Books, Barks, and Banter

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You are invited to a Facebook live discussion about Wag: The Science of Making Your Dog Happy.

By Zazie Todd, PhD
I will be in conversation with Patricia Tirrell and Denise O'Moore about Wag on Facebook live on Tuesday 1st September from 2-3pm ET. More information on the event page on Facebook.
Following the live chat, there will be a two week discussion of Wag: The Science of Making Your Dog Happy in the Books, Barks, and Banter Facebook group. I will be taking part in the discussion, and you are very welcome to join us. 
I hope to see you there!

Zazie Todd, PhD, is the best-selling 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 and has received the prestigious Captain Haggerty Award for Best Training Article in 2017. Todd lives in Maple Ridge, BC, with her husband and two cats.

Companion Animal Psychology News August 2020

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Capturing cuteness in dogs, cats and their names, and a beautiful textile... this months CAP news. 

By Zazie Todd, PhD
My favourites this month
“Many respondents, both in our work and others, report that they would rather sleep rough than give up their pet. Yet if pet owners refuse to relinquish their pets, local authorities categorise them as “intentionally homeless”, thereby abrogating their responsibility to house them. “ ‘My dog is my home’ – the need for pet-friendly accommodation for homeless people by Dr. Jenny Stavisky and Dr. Pru Hobson-West. “We are all brave at different speeds.” Kids and dogs: scenarios to consider by Tim Steele at Behavior Matters Academy.“A lot of thought should go into choosing to bring any companion animal into your home.” Pandemic puppy pandemonium requires lots of time and love by Mary Angilly and Dr. Marc Bekoff.“Do you ever say “I wish my dog would do that more often!” after a particularly cute thing they do?” How “capturing” cute helped Sitka stay s…