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 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, one dog, and two cats.

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