Companion Animal Psychology Book Club September 2017

The book of the month is Pets on the Couch by Nicholas Dodman.

Pets on the Couch: A Maltese reads a book for the Animal Book Club


By Zazie Todd, PhD

The Companion Animal Psychology Book Club choice for September 2017 is Pets on the Couch: Neurotic Dogs, Compulsive Cats, Anxious Birds, and the New Science of Animal Psychiatry by Nicholas Dodman.

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From the cover:
"Racehorses with Tourette's syndrome, spinning dogs with epilepsy, cats with compulsive disorders, feather-plucking parrots with anxiety, and a diffident bull terrier with autism - these astonishing and difficult cases were all helped by what pioneering veterinarian Dr. Nicholas Dodman calls One Medicine, the profound recognition that humans and other animals share the same basic neurochemistry, and that our minds and emotions work in similar ways. Traditional veterinary treatments did not cure these behaviors because they treated the symptoms as disorders of the body, rather than problems of the mind.  
Dr. Dodman, the Oliver Sacks of animal brains, demonstrates that our pets have thoughts and emotions similar to those of humans. His approach and philosophy save animals' lives, giving hope and help to pets and owners who are otherwise out of options."

Are you reading Pets on the Couch too? Why not leave a comment below with your thoughts on the book.

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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