The Posts of the Year 2019

The most popular posts about dogs and cats this year.

The most popular posts about dogs and cats this year. (Photo: Husky in the snow)

By Zazie Todd, PhD

It’s time to look back on what happened on the blog this year. Companion Animal Psychology has been going for over 7 and a half years now, with more than 500 posts. I love the community of like-minded people that has grown around this page!

This year, I was honoured to interview several authors about their wonderful books:
  • Dr. Alexandra Horowitz about her new book, Our Dogs, Ourselves (this was especially popular with email subscribers, being read by almost everyone)
  • Dr. Mark Goldstein, about his book Lions and Tigers and Hamsters  
  • Cat Warren, about her book What the Dog Knows (which now has a Young Reader’s Edition)  
I was lucky to publish some amazing guest posts this year. There were two beautifully-written guest posts from Kristi Benson: making a living in the world: anthropology, the evolution of behaviour, and training dogs and into the middle of things: dog training lessons from the best fiction. Both posts will make you see the world in a slightly different way.

Luisa Dormer and Sienna Taylor wrote scent and scentability, a delightful post about how nose work can help ‘naughty’ or ‘reactive’ dogs. It’s been lovely how many people have told me they tried nose work as a result of reading this post.

An essential guest post from Dr. Marc Bekoff looked at the psychology and importance of using positive reinforcement in dog training. Dr. Bekoff also wrote about how inmates at the Boulder (Colorado) County Jail find meaning in his class about animals, and one of the former inmates in the class wrote the healing power of animals: Moonbear has a place. Don’t miss these pieces. (All three guest posts were reprinted from Psychology Today).

The most popular posts about dogs and cats in 2019
Photos: Africa Studio

And in a fascinating guest post that’s also full of practical tips, Dr. Christian Nawroth reminds us that despite all the media fuzz, goats are not the new dogs.

This year brought a new t-shirt: Trust Kindness & Cookies, in addition to the existing logo tees. hoodies, and sweatshirts. A portion of all proceeds goes to the BC SPCA Maple Ridge.

The Train for Rewards party was another great success in promoting reward-based training methods. A huge thank you to everyone who took part! Thank you as well to all the members of the Animal Book Club who read another 10 books with me this year.

And a heartfelt thank you to all of my Ko-fi supporters. Your support helps keep this blog going and really means a lot.

Over at my Psychology Today blog, the most popular post was on cat owners, personality, and pet parenting style.

These were the top posts of the year at Companion Animal Psychology.

10. Reasons to be positive about being positive in dog training

9. The lifespan and health conditions of French Bulldogs and Labrador Retrievers

8. Three important ways to give your pet choices

7. Overweight dogs don’t live as long, and scientists have calculated how much less

6. Most serious dog bites happen at home, and no breed group can be blamed

5. Which dog breeds are the best alternatives to the French Bulldog?

4. The five pillars of a healthy environment for cats

3. Confidence and emotions affect people’s use of positive reinforcement to train dogs

2. Finding hidden food in nosework increases dogs’ optimism

1. The pet people to follow in 2019

Thank you for all of your support throughout the year. Wishing you a wonderful 2020!


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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