Companion Animal Psychology Book Club: March 2017

The book of the month is Being a Dog by Alexandra Horowitz.

A beagle rests his head on some old books in a library

By Zazie Todd, PhD

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The book for March 2017 is Being a Dog: Following the Dog Into a World of Smell by Alexandra Horowitz.

From the inside cover, "To a dog, there is no such thing as "fresh air." Every breath is full of information. Dogs, when trained, can identify drugs of every type, underwater cadavers, cancer, illicit cell phones in prison, bedbugs, smuggled shark's fins, dry rot, land mines, termites, invasive knapweed, underground truffles, and dairy cows in estrus. But they also know about the upcoming weather, earthquakes before they happen, how "afternoon" smells, what you had for breakfast, and whether a cat touched your leg yesterday."

Join us in the book club for the discussion, leave your thoughts on the book in comments on the blog, or just enjoy reading alongside us.

The Companion Animal Psychology Book Club reads ten books a year about animals and us. Follow the link for more information and a list of the previous books.

Zazie Todd, PhD, is the award-winning author of Wag: The Science of Making Your Dog Happy and Purr: The Science of Making Your Cat Happy. She is the creator of the popular blog, Companion Animal Psychology, writes The Pawsitive Post premium newsletter, and also has a column at Psychology Today. Todd lives in Maple Ridge, BC, with her husband, one dog, and two cats. 

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