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When Dogs Heal: An Interview with Jesse Freidin and Dr. Robert Garofalo

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A new book uses powerful stories and photographs to show the difference dogs make to people with HIV.  Adam and Laila, from the book When Dogs Heal. Photo: Jesse Freidin.

The Writer’s Pet: Jen Hirt and Hear Me Ohio

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Jen Hirt on doing agility with her dog, Wesley, and her latest book, Hear Me Ohio. Jen Hirt's dog Wesley. Photo: Rich Knecht.

Puppy Play: An Essential Part of Puppy Class for a Well-Rounded Dog

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Here’s why you should pick a puppy class that includes play – and what that play should look like.  Photo: Iuliia Bondarenko/Shutterstock By Zazie Todd, PhD

Companion Animal Psychology News February 2021

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Itchy dogs, cats and catnip, and pups eating peanut butter... This month's Companion Animal Psychology news. By Zazie Todd, PhD

Pease Porridge Hot, Pease Porridge Cold: Nursery Rhymes as a Window into Our Shared History with Dogs

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Have dogs evolved to lurk in the kitchen? We can learn more about dog’s evolution, and our own evolution, through the words we pass from grandparent to grandchild as nursery rhymes.  Photo: Anna Badi/Shutterstoc By Kristi Benson, CTC, Special Correspondent. 

Wag Wins an Award from the Dog Writer's Association of America

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I am thrilled and honoured that Wag: The Science of Making Your Dog Happy has won the Dog Writer's Association of America award for book - behavior, health, or general care.

The Top 6 Reasons You Should Be Brushing Your Dog’s (and Cat’s) Teeth

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It’s worth learning to take care of your pet’s teeth, says veterinarian Dr. Rachel Szumel. Here are six reasons why. Photo: GerryP/Shutterstock

Animal Book Club February 21

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“A fascinating look at animal intelligence, Pepperberg’s tale is also a love story between beings who sometimes ‘squabble like an old married couple’ but whose bond broke only with Alex’s death at 31 in ‘07. Irresistible.”--People.

New Study Shows Dogs Trained with Rewards Only are More Optimistic

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When dogs are trained with methods such as leash jerks, yelling, and shock collars, they have worse welfare than dogs trained solely with food rewards, according to new research. Photo: Lindaze/Shutterstock

The Writer's Pet: Hannah Gold and The Last Bear

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Hannah Gold on her tortoise and her cat – and her much-anticipated children’s book, The Last Bear.

An Artisan Valentine's Gift Guide for Pet Lovers

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A selection of artisan Valentine-themed dog collars and cat collars, gifts for your pet, and cards for pet lovers.  By Zazie Todd, PhD

Fellow Creatures: Some Pet Owners Are Having Issues During the Pandemic

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Many people rushed out to get pets when the pandemic started, but it's not an overwhelmingly positive experience. My latest post on my Fellow Creatures blog at Psych Today looks at some new research on how pets are affecting people during this time.  

A Secure Outdoor Enclosure is Good for Cats, Study Says

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It could be time to start working on your catio plans. Outdoors access with lower risk is good for pet cats’ quality of life. Photo: Ellie Burgin/Pexels

A Love Letter to Loss: Missing Calvin in the Middle of Covid

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Losing a pet at this time simply adds to the difficulties of the pandemic, says Dr. Shelly Volsche. Shelly Volsche's late dog, Calvin.

Companion Animal Psychology News January 2021

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Dogs and optical illusions, cat communication, and wildlife photos... this month's Companion Animal Psychology News.

The Writer’s Pet: Jessica Redland and the Hedgehog Hollow series

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Best-selling author Jessica Redland on her spaniel, Ella, and why she set her latest book series in a rescue centre for hedgehogs. Jessica Redland's dog, Ella.

The Top Ten Books on Companion Animal Psychology in 2020

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