The Top Ten Books on Companion Animal Psychology in 2020

These were the most popular books on this blog last year.

The top ten books on Companion Animal Psychology in 2020. The top four titles are pictured: Wag, The Cautious Canine, From Fearful to Fear Free, and Doggie Language

By Zazie Todd, PhD

I’ve already shared the top posts of last year, but I thought it would be fun to look at the books that were the most popular amongst readers of Companion Animal Psychology in 2020. 

Of course, since this is my blog, you would expect my own book, Wag, to feature. I thank you all from the bottom of my heart for the support you have shown Wag since it came out in March 2020. It’s been heart-warming and an honour, and I really appreciate it!

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The Top Ten Books on Companion Animal Psychology

Of far more interest are the other books on the list. So without further ado, here are the top 10 print books (hardback and paperback combined):

1. Wag: The Science of Making Your Dog Happy by Zazie Todd.

2. The Cautious Canine-How to Help Dogs Conquer Their Fears by Patricia McConnell.

3. From Fearful to Fear Free: A Positive Program to Free Your Dog from Anxiety, Fears, and Phobias by Marty Becker, Lisa Radosta, Wailani Sung, Mikkel Becker, edited by Kim Campbell Thornton.

4. Doggie Language: A Dog Lover's Guide to Understanding Your Best Friend by Lili Chin.

5. Train Your Dog Like a Pro by Jean Donaldson.

6. Culture Clash by Jean Donaldson.

7. The Eye Of The Trainer by Ken Ramirez.

8. The Education of Will: Healing a Dog, Facing My Fears, Reclaiming My Life by Patricia McConnell.

9. It's Me or the Dog: How to Have the Perfect Pet by Victoria Stilwell.

10. The Trainable Cat: A Practical Guide to Making Life Happier for You and Your Cat by John Bradshaw and Sarah Ellis.


The Top Kindle Books on Companion Animal Psychology

Fewer books are sold on Kindle (at least here on this blog), so I just looked at the top 5, although it turns out three books are tied in fourth place.

1. Wag: The Science of Making Your Dog Happy by Zazie Todd.

2. The Cautious Canine-How to Help Dogs Conquer Their Fears by Patricia McConnell.

3. Train Your Dog Like a Pro by Jean Donaldson.

4. From Fearful to Fear Free: A Positive Program to Free Your Dog from Anxiety, Fears, and Phobias by Marty Becker, Lisa Radosta, Wailani Sung, Mikkel Becker, edited by Kim Campbell Thornton.

        Think Like a Cat: How to Raise a Well-Adjusted Cat--Not a Sour Puss by Pam Johnson-Bennett.

        Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst by Robert M. Sapolsky.


You can find all of these books in my Amazon store

If you are looking for more reading suggestions, check out the books read by the Animal Book Club or featured in The Writer's Pet


Zazie Todd, PhD, is the author of Wag: The Science of Making Your Dog Happy, which is a finalist in two DWAA awards. 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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