The Pet People to Follow in 2019

The canine and feline scientists, pet professionals, bloggers, and organizations to follow on social media in 2019.

Dogs, cats, science, animal behavior and animal welfare - the people to follow on social media in 2019

By Zazie Todd, PhD

Are you looking for some new pet-related accounts to follow in 2019? I’ve updated my list of some of the best people and organizations to follow on Twitter and Facebook if you’re interested in companion animals, science, and the human-animal bond.

These are people or groups who produce great content of their own AND also have a varied feed that shares news, research and interesting snippets from around the web.

I’ve given links to Twitter and Facebook accounts so you can follow however you choose (some are more active on one than the other). The first link is always to Twitter so this is like a giant #FF. The second link is to Facebook if they are on there too, but I admit this list is somewhat biased towards Twitter.

The list is in no particular order, so read through and see who you would like to follow.

And if you love dogs, cats and science, please follow me too (Twitter, Facebook) if you don’t already! 

Of course, there are many talented people in the world, so please add your own suggestions for people or organizations to follow in the comments below.

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Dr. John Bradshaw – anthrozoologist and best-selling author of The Animals Among Us: How Pets Make Us Human, Dog Sense (In Defence of Dogs), Cat Sense, and co-author of The Trainable Cat

Dr. Sarah Ellis – co-author of the The Trainable Cat and feline behaviour specialist at International Cat Care

Dr. Hal Herzog – Professor of Psychology at Western Carolina University and author of Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat: Why It's So Hard to Think Straight About Animals.

Dr. Alexandra Horowitz (Facebook) – canine cognition scientist and best-selling author of Inside of a Dog and Being a Dog: Following the Dog Into a World of Smell.

Family Dog Project (Facebook) – the canine behaviour research group shares frequent updates on the latest scientific research from their team and others around the globe

Julie Hecht (Dog Spies) – don't miss the fantastic posts on canine science at Julie's Scientific American blog Dog Spies, and stay up to date with all the best dog news via her Twitter feed

Mia Cobb (Do You Believe in dog?) – now a canine science community with guest posts from young scientists on the blog and a feed full of news about canine science and women in STEM

International Cat Care (Facebook) – a great resource for cat lovers, with information and advice for owners and professionals, as well as cute cat pictures too

Dr. Ilana Reisner (Facebook) – this veterinary behaviourist regularly deconstructs dog bite incidents to teach you how to prevent dog bites, and shares interesting and evidence-based items on animal behaviour and training

Dr. Pete Wedderburn (Facebook) – veterinary advice and news, regular Telegraph columnist, author of Pet Subjects: Animal Tales from the Telegraph's Resident Vet, and you’ll find a large library of articles on his website too.

Dr. Mikel Delgado (Feline Minds) – Certified Cat Behaviour Consultant, postdoctoral researcher, and co-author (with Jackson Galaxy) of Total Cat Mojo: The Ultimate Guide to Life with Your Cat shares information about cats and squirrels, with especially useful information on food puzzles for cats

Ingrid Johnson (Fundamentally Feline) –  education about cats and gorgeous photos from this Certified Cat Behaviour Consultant

BC SPCA (Facebook) – in amongst the photos of adoptable animals there is plenty of advice on how to care for pets, including videos packed with tips

Maddie’s Fund (Facebook) – lots of tips to help shelter dogs and cats, along with social media and website advice for the people running the shelters #ThankstoMaddie

The Academy for Dog Trainers (Facebook) – for links to top-notch dog training advice from Jean Donaldson’s Academy for Dog Trainers (“the Harvard of dog training”)

Kristi Benson (Facebook) – dog trainer, sled dog expert, and Academy tutor, with a funny and entertaining dog training blog

Dog science, cat science, animal behaviour, animal welfare, scientists and bloggers to follow on social media in 2019

Pet Professional Guild (Facebook) – advice on dog training and news from the organization for force free pet professionals

IAABC – information on behaviour problems in pets and links to journal articles and mentorships from the International Association of Animal Behaviour Consultants

Dr. Jessica Hekman DVM (Facebook) – the author of The Dog Zombie blog is a vet with a PhD in genomics, a postdoctoral associate at the Karlsson Lab, and a great explainer of canine genetics

Darwin's Ark – a nonprofit (formerly known as Darwin's Dogs) using citizen science to study dog evolution and find new insights into dog and human psychiatric diseases

Dr. Brian Hare (Facebook) – information on animal minds and evolution, especially dogs and bonobos, from the associate professor of Evolutionary Anthropology at Duke, co-author of The Genius of Dogs and founder of Dognition

Dr. Gregory Berns – scientist who uses fMRI to study dogs’ brains, author of How Dogs Love Us and What It's Like to Be a Dog

Pam Johnson-Bennett (Facebook) – cat news and tips from the best-selling author of Think Like a Cat: How to Raise a Well-Adjusted Cat--Not a Sour Puss and host of Animal Planet’s Psycho Kitty

Susan Little DVM – this veterinarian specializes in feline medicine and has a twitter feed packed with intriguing facts about cats

Dr. Melanie Rock – information about non-human animals and health, including dog parks and dog bite prevention, from this Associate Professor at the University of Calgary

Martha Smith-Blackmore DVM – this compassionate expert in veterinary forensics is a Faculty Fellow at Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine and shares information on animal cruelty and animal welfare

Dr. Malcolm Campbell – biologist and Vice President (Research) at the University of Guelph, follow Malcolm for science tweets and #SixIncredibleThingsBeforeBreakfast (currently on a break from Twitter, but be sure to follow when he's back)

The Centre for Shelter Dogs (Facebook) – part of the Cummings Veterinary School at Tufts University and brings you lots of resources to help shelter dogs

Anthrozoology Research Group (Facebook)  – shares links to interesting anthrozoological research by themselves and from around the globe

Dr. Sam Gaines – head of the Companion Animal dept at the RSPCA, with lots of tips to improve animal welfare and #EndBSL

Cat people and dog people on twitter and Facebook to learn about dogs, cats and science
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Dr. Rachel Casey – veterinary behaviourist and animal welfare scientist at Dogs Trust, so look out for lots of great info on canine behaviour

UCD Vet Behaviour Services – recent research and behaviour information from the Behaviour Service at UCDavis

Dr. Chris Blazina – psychologist with a special interest in understanding men and their canine best friends, shares interesting links about human animal interaction

Dr. Alan McElligott – tweets about his research and about animal behaviour, welfare and cognition generally; look out for the entertaining goat stories and photos of Jack the Lab

Dr. Marc Bekoff – animal emotions, moral behaviour, and conservation topics from the author of The Emotional Lives of Animals and Canine Confidential: Why Dogs Do What They Do, plus a very active Psychology Today blog

ASA Animals Society (Facebook) – the American Sociological Association looks at the complex relationships between humans and animals

Dr. Marc Abraham (Facebook) – animal welfare campaigner and veterinarian of the year, founder of Pupaid (Facebook), a UK group campaigning against puppy farms, with regular games of #GuessTheBreed

Dr. Sophia Yin – the account of the company set up by the late Dr. Sophia Yin, CattleDog Publishing, shares her writings and educational links on animal behaviour.

Dr Marty Becker DVM (Facebook) veterinary information and stories about the human-animal bond from America’s veterinarian, author of many books and co-author of From Fearful to Fear Free, and founder of Fear Free (Facebook) and Fear Free Happy Homes to help dogs and cats have a better experience at the veterinarian

Dr. Emily Blackwell  – clinical animal behaviourist, scientist at the University of Bristol, and TV expert, shares animal welfare and animal behaviour science and tips.

Dr. Jenny Stavisky – shelter vet and epidemiologist as well as uplifting tweets about how Vets in the Community help the most vulnerable pets

Dr. Sebastiaan Bol – researcher and found of Cowboy Cat Ranch, look out for all the cute kitty photos

Dr. Naomi Harvey – zoologist, ethologist and research fellow at the Itchy Dog Project

Dr. Kat Littlewood (Facebook) – small animal veterinarian and PhD student especially interested in cats and animal welfare, with an interesting blog too 

Dr. Sandra McCune – scientific leader in Human Animal Interaction at WALTHAM

Dog science and cat science, animal behaviour and welfare Twitter and Facebook accounts to follow
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Kim Monteith - manager of animal welfare at the BC SPCA and volunteer at Charlie’s Food Bank helping the pets of the homeless in Vancouver

Dr Kate Mornement (Facebook) – PhD-qualified behaviourist at Pets Behaving Badly – Solutions with Dr Kate with an interesting blog on dogs, cats and parrots

Dr. Carri Westgarth – research fellow in human animal interaction and dog trainer, specializing in research on dog walking and dog bites

Dr. Zoe Belshaw – evidence-based approaches to veterinary science from this veterinary specialist at the University of Nottingham

Dr. Emma Milne (Facebook) – the vet behind vets against brachycephalism, author and animal welfare enthusiast 

Dr. Patrizia Piotti – postdoctoral research on dog behaviour and cognition 

Dr. Taryn M Graham – Graham recently completed her PhD and is interested in how dogs can help promote health in cities, and founder of PAWSitive Leadership which takes certified dogs into classrooms to teach children.

Dr. Christy Hoffman (Facebook) – regular updates on anthrozoology from the Canisius Canine research team

Dr. Caroline Spence – academic interested in animal welfare and sentience and how we understand animal minds

Dr. Debra Horwitz (Facebook) – veterinary behaviourist and author of Blackwell's Five-Minute Veterinary Consult Clinical Companion: Canine and Feline Behavior

Cats Protection (Facebook) – cat videos and advice on how to care for your cat as well as lots of cute pics from this large UK charity

Dr. Tamara Montrose – animal welfare and behaviour scientist who researches sensory environmental enrichment and how to increase shelter adoptions

Dr. Anne Fawcett – small animal veterinarian with a special interest in ethics, co-author of Veterinary Ethics: Navigating Tough Cases, and with a blog that looks at owners, veterinarians and the human-animal bond

Dr. Vanessa Rohlf (Facebook) – compassion fatigue consultant shares information on coping with animal bereavement and resiliency for people who work with animals

Dr. Nik Taylor – research and news on the sociology of human-animal interaction

Dog science, cat science, animal welfare and behaviour experts to follow on social media in 2019
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Dr. Christian Nawroth – postdoctoral researcher in animal cognition including goats and pigs (don't miss his post for Companion Animal Psychology on why goats are not the new dogs!)

Kathy Sdao - certified applied animal behaviourist and dog trainer and author of Plenty in Life Is Free

Malena de Martini (Facebook) – training and resources on separation anxiety from the author of Treating Separation Anxiety in Dogs

Laura Monaco Torelli (Facebook) – dog trainer and Karen Pryor Academy faculty member, with a feed full of interesting dog training and animal behaviour info

James Oxley – independent researcher on dog bites and rabbits who shares HAI information and conferences

Clare Ellis - PhD candidate interested in animal welfare and the reasons for relinquishment of rabbits

Janetta Harvey (Facebook) – tireless campaigner against puppy farms and sharer of information on dogs in general and Schnauzers in particular.

Joanna Berger – animal behaviourist and trainer who shares lots of information on behaviour and welfare for dogs, cats and birds

Jemima Harrison – campaigner for better health and welfare for purebred dogs and the director of Pedigree Dogs Exposed

Catherine Amiot – social psychologist who studies self and identity and human-animal relations

Sharklab – Dr Khristof  Dhont’s group at the University of Kent studies the psychology of intergroup relations and human-animal relations, with insights not just into animals but also into racism, sexism, and how to build compassion.

Hunter College ABC – animal science from the Hunter College Psychology department

Sarah-Elizabeth Byosiere –  studies social play behaviour in canids and dog perception and behaviour at the Thinking Dog Centre at Hunter College

OVC Companion Animal Behavior and Welfare Lab (Facebook) – The team from Ontario Veterinary College has an active Facebook feed with details of their own research and articles on how to care for all kinds of pets

American College of Veterinary Behaviourists (Facebook) – Veterinary behaviourists are specially trained veterinarians who can help with your pet’s behaviour problems and even prescribe psychotropic medication if needed. Follow the ACVB for up-to-date information that will help you understand your pet better; they are also the authors of Decoding Your Dog.

Dog science blogs, cat science blogs, researchers and behaviourists to follow in 2019
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Debbie Jacobs (Facebook) – if you have a fearful dog, don't miss the essential tips from Debbie Jacobs, author of A Guide to Living with & Training a Fearful Dog; there's also an associated Facebook group for those with a fearful dog in their life

Dr. Wailani Sung – Veterinary behaviourist and co-author (with Dr. Marty Becker and others) of From Fearful to Fear Free

Insightful Animals (Facebook) – the Twitter feed of veterinary behaviourist Dr. Kelly Ballantyne  shares insights into our companion animals and their behaviour

Marilyn Krieger (Facebook) – Cat Coach and author of Naughty No More, Krieger shares tips about feline behaviour and wild felidae conservation 

Lucia Lazarowska – postdoc canine scientist at Auburn studying canine olfactory detection who shares her research and general canine science articles and info

Dr. Clive Wynne – Director of the Canine Science Collaboratory and author who tweets on canine science and all things dog

Dr. Susan Hazel – with a background in veterinary science, animal welfare, and animal behaviour, Hazel’s research includes dogs, sheep and chickens

Molly Crossman – Clinical psychology grad student who looks at the benefits of interactions with animals for human stress and mental health

Dr. Páraic Ó Súilleabháin (Facebook) –  This psychologist studies animal behaviour and personality, including breed specific legislation, his feed has stories about many species of animal

Bronwyn Orr – This vet and animal welfare PhD candidate writes for The Conversation and has an interesting feed about companion animals and wildlife

Melissa McCue McGrath – The author of Considerations for the City Dog tweets about modern dog training and current affairs.

O’HaireLab – Dr. Maggie O’Haire is an associate professor of human-animal interaction who researches how service dogs can help veterans with PTSD

Victoria Stilwell (Facebook) – dog training advice and rescue stories from the TV star and author of It's Me or the Dog

Thomas McNamee – links to science stories and cat videos from the author of The Inner Life of Cats: The Science and Secrets of Our Mysterious Feline Companions

Mikkel Becker (Facebook)  – follow  on Facebook for expert advice from this professional dog trainer who is also co-author of From Fearful to Fear Free

Nick Honor K9 and Puppy Stars (Facebook) – cute photos of pets mingle with news and advice on dog training

Canine Correspondence – Laura Spackman’s Facebook hub sharing information from across the web on our canine best friends, with a mix of helpful information and amusing memes

Family Paws (Facebook) – Tips on how to properly supervise babies and children with dogs, and how to use baby gates, pens and the layout of your house to set your dog and child up for success

Dewdney Animal Hospital (Facebook) – veterinarian Dr. Adrian Walton has a feed that is both local (for his clients) and broad in themes that resonate for all pet owners, like puppy mills and his pink tutus for pit bulls campaign

Now it's your turn. Who would you add to the list? Add a comment below to share your favourite people to follow.

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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  1. Linda Michaels and her do no harm Facebook group!

    1. Thank you so much, Dogs in Sunshine and Harmony! We work very hard to improve the welfare of dogs through training using scientifically endorsed methods every day. We are thrilled to announce that the Hierarchy Of Dog Needs will be presented at the the 2019 VMX Veterinary Conference in the presentation by Dr. Karen Overall, Dr. Lynn Honeckman, Pat Miller et al. Here's the link to our page, Zazie. We are huge fans.

  2. Australian Dog Lover

  3. Good list though I’m sorry to see Linda Case has been left off. Her writing on what science tells us, and making it clear and understandable should not be missed.

    1. Hi JaneB, I think Linda Case is a great writer with a fantastic blog! I especially enjoy her posts on nutrition.

      This is a social media list that celebrates people who both provide great content and also share (other people's) content. The second part is important because it helps to build a great animal welfare community. So it's not quite the same as a great writer's list, which would look a little different.

      Thanks for making sure that Linda Case is mentioned on this page. Anyone interested in the science of dog training and/or nutrition will enjoy her blog, The Science Dog.

    2. Linda Case is on social media and absolutely deserves recognition for her work debunking the myths seen in canine nutrition which are so prevalent on social media.
      She is a lonely voice in the wilderness but so worth a read.

    3. PS. She shares scientific research papers and discusses their findings...

  4. this is a great list, FYI iCatCare (International Cat Care) is based out of the UK and they also have a website. I am one of the bloggers they contact to post various events, fundraisers, etc., that they have. (but I am in the U.S.)

    1. Thanks for the feedback, Caren. I think iCatCare are fabulous. It's great that they reach out to you about events etc. Keep up the great work on your blog!

  5. The White Dog Blog - Deb Bauer, professional trainer and author, specializing in blind and/or deaf dogs. and Deb Bauer's Dog Invincible Vinny (blind, deaf, earning titles, certifications and just plain having fun!

    1. I second the vote for Deb Bauer! Deb's contributions to the training and welfare of deaf and blind dogs continues to be an outstanding Force-free/+R Resource for pet parents and trainers alike. Vinny and Deb were the "Best in Show" winners of the Hierarchy of Dog Needs online contest. Linda Michaels, M.A., Psychology, PCT-A, Certified Veterinary Assistant.

  6. Not a doctor, but Beth Stern’s Instagram is a great follow! She mainly posts about fostering kittens/cats (many are special needs), but she’s very informative and responds to questions. She also posts about TNR and the occasional dog in need of a home. She’s a fantastic ambassador for North Shore Animal League in NY.

  7. Does anyone speak for or represent small animals at all?

    1. Great question! Naomi Harvey, Clare Ellis and James Oxley all research rabbits.

      If you have any suggestions for good accounts to follow, please put them in a comment as others will likely be interested too.

  8. Stephanie Day, DVM16 January 2019 at 18:33

    Dr Jen’s dog blog!

  9. Dr. Rise Van Fleet and her International Institute for Animal Assisted Play Therapy™

  10. Eileen Anderson of eileenanddogs - her articles are 100% well researched and written.

    1. Love Eileen's blog and work. She has researched and provided some very important works to help others understand the damaging effects of pain-based collar devices and dominance-style training methods. Linda Michaels, M.A., Psychology - Research conducted in Behavioral Neurobiology

  11. The list isn't complete without Janice Wolfe, founder of Merlin's KIDS and United K9 Professionals. Janice Wolfe has been known for more than 30 years as "The Lady Dog Whisperer" for her unique ability to connect (in a gentle, compassionate way) with those dogs that other trainers and even many veterinarians could not rehabilitate.

    Ms. Wolfe is author of several canine behavioral books. She is currently writing two books with world-renowned animal behaviorist and autism authority, her close friend, Dr. Temple Grandin.

    Ms. Wolfe graduated from Columbia University in New York, NY, in 3 years with two BA degrees, one in Biological Sciences including a concentration in Animal Behavior and one in Economic Sciences, with minor areas of concentration in English, Spanish, Political Science, Genetics, and Philosophy.

    Ms. Wolfe has personally rehabilitated more than 30,000 dogs with behavioral issues ranging from pulling on a leash and marking territory in the home to full-blown severe aggression (including fear and fear aggression) with virtually a 100% success rate.

    Merlin's Kids rescues, rehabilitates, and trains shelter dogs to become service animals for children with special needs, for physical and emotional support, as well as health alert/screening dogs for cancer, hypoglycemia, diabetes, and seizures. Each dog is trained specifically for the needs of the individual.

    They also provide companion animals, certified facility dogs, hospital and residential care and home visits, pet therapy and “reading” dogs, and dogs for use in short and long term care, as well as group living facilities.

    United K9 Professionals helps prevent the destruction of over 4 million shelter dogs per year by educating the public about preventing dog bites, by teaching dog owners how to stop unwanted behaviors, by teaching the rescue community, fosters and shelter personnel, and other canine professionals that behaviors can be corrected, and by spreading the importance of spaying and neutering.

    To work closely with rescue organizations and fosters to rehabilitate dogs and help each rescued dog transition successfully to a forever home.

    ​To empower dog owners with techniques that support the natural leader-follower bond between humans and dogs so that families can live in peace and harmony with their pets.

    To teach as many people as possible how using learning to use natural methods that dogs understand can help deepen the bonds they share with their dogs, allowing their dogs to fit into their lives instead of having to rearrange their lives around their dogs.

    To teach and empower others so they can improve the lives of dogs in their communities.

  12. hmmmmm...normally I am on such lists...

  13. Thank you for the Great list.

    Susan G. Friedman Ph.D., has an incredible FB page, where she features 100% science based training videos, many originals created for her. She includes captions that explain and teach.

    Ken Ramirez, Biologist, Animal Advocate, Teacher and Leader for Trainers all over the world has a great Instagram feed where he continues to teach with original videos and stills of all species.

  14. Nice list!!

    Clever Dog Lab, University of Vienna, Austria (Facebook, website)

    Canine Research Unit at Memorial University, Canada (Facebook, website)

    Patricia McConnell, PhD (Facebook, Website)

  15. Jane Ehrlich, cat behaviorist (Cattitude Feline Behavior). Over 33 years' experience (and strong academic, clinical and shelter background), more than most cat experts. Studied ethology under Dr. Michael Fox in 1970s, before there were such entities as 'cat behaviorist'...

  16. Add Susan Garret,, Emily Larlham (super free training videos on YouTube) & and Ric Brad for insightful essays and podcasts

  17. Lee Niel's Companion Animal Research Group has a great facebook page!

    1. Great suggestion and I totally agree... look again at the list, just above the last photo :-)

  18. Dr. Jeff Stevens, director of the Canine Cognition and Human Interaction Lab at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, has started a new research program investigating dog cognition and dog-human interactions.

    1. Thanks for the info about you and your team, Jeff! Keep up the great work.

  19. I second Rise Van Fleet and International Institute for Animal Assisted Play Therapy!

  20. This is super helpful. Is there a Twitter list that contains all of these folks so I can see their updates in one foul swoop?

    1. Thanks for the great suggestion... For now I don't have this as a list, but I do a have a longer list of scientists and behaviourists that you will find via my Twitter profile.

  21. Thank you for making new discoveries and voices in animal welfare and behavior accessible! I refer your blog and enewsletter to every behaviorist that I meet. It's very hard to stay on top of new research and professionals ... on top of everything else ... and your communications keep me feeling like I have a finger on a pulse!

    1. Thanks so much for your kind words. It means a lot to know that you find my blog helpful!

  22. Sarah Wilson, of My Smart Puppy, and is a dog trainer that has written or co-written multiple books on training, the human/animal bond, etc. Has a facebook page: An amazing trainer and even my fearful sweet girl loved her. Based in St Louis, Missouri

  23. The Oh My Dog Blog by Maggie Marton.

  24. Sara Hopkins, Veterinarian at Compassion 4 Paws. She and her team are amazing!

  25. Thanks for this list - some great names here.

    Could I also recommend a couple of great twitter accounts I follow here in Australia: - Therapy Dogs - Animal behavioralist - Dog blog - Vet community blog

  26. Thanks to everyone for the wonderful suggestions. There is still time to add some more if you like!

  27. Marc Bekoff's frequent coauthor, bioethicist Jessica Pierce, .


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