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Fellow Creatures: What is Caregiver Burden for People with Pets?

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I've got a new post on my Fellow Creatures blog at Psychology Today. Photo: Meruyert Gonollu/Shutterstock

BC’s 2018 Ban on Declawing Cats Was Good News for Cats, Study Shows

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After the ban, fewer cats were surrendered to shelters, and those that were found a new home faster. Photo: Joey Thebeau/Shutterstock

Companion Animal Psychology Book Club September 2021

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"An incredible journey of joy, discovery, and innovation."--Shari Robertson PhD. By Zazie Todd, PhD.

Finding happiness in the small moments of joy with your pet

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When times are hard, we can still find joy with our pets.  Carpe sphera? Photo: Violacelous/Shutterstock

Fellow Creatures: Helping People Switch to Reward-Based Dog Training Methods

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We know that reward-based methods are the best way to train dogs. Lately in the news I’ve read various stories about ways to encourage more people to get vaccinated in order to make a difference to the pandemic, and I’ve been seeing parallels with dog training. Photo: Samson Katt/Pexels

What’s coming up in The Pawsitive Post

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Here’s what you’ve been missing (and why now is a great time to sign up).

Why You Need To Reward Your Dog in Training, According to the Experts

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Dog obedience training and behaviour modification should use reward-based methods, according to a new position statement from the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior. Photo: xkunclova/Shutterstock

Companion Animal Psychology Book Club August 2021

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"I love Wesley the Owl ! Not since Konrad Lorenz have I read such an honest, vivid, and revealing account of the rich and complex life of an individual bird."--Sy Montgomery.

I'm Presenting at Geek Week 2021

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The Pet Professional Guild's Geek Week 2021 is an online educational event with internationally renowned speakers--and I'm excited to be one of them! By Zazie Todd PhD

Overcoming The Colossal Fear of Looking Like A Graceless Noob

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The self-imposed stress of signing up for new dog training endeavours and how a berry U-Pick helped me to get over myself.  Photo: alexei_tm/Shutterstock By Kristi Benson CTC PCBC-A, Special Correspondent

Fixing Your Pet’s Behaviour Issue Can Be a Long Road

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But don’t despair. Help is out there, and every small step gets you closer to resolution and to more fun adventures with your pet. Photo: dezy/Shutterstock

The Role of Science Communication in Talking About Dog Training

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Zazie Todd guests on the What Makes You Click?  podcast with Daniel Mills. Daniel Mills and Zazie Todd

You are the Secret to Your Pet's Happiness

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If you want a happy pet, you should pay attention to how you interact with them. Photo: Veera/Shutterstock

Fellow Creatures: Two New Posts on Behavioural Issues in Dogs and Cats

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 Tips for dealing with behavioral issues, and on petting-induced aggression in cats. Photo: Simon Robben/Pexels

Fellow Creatures: Why Dogs with Behaviour Problems Deserve Compassion

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Today I have a new post on my Psychology Today blog, Fellow Creatures . Photo: Kataryna Babaieva/Pexels

Salience, motivation, and good fortune in dog training.

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The joy of finding a hot dog under the couch. (Photo: Jane Petrova/Shutterstock) By Kristi Benson CTC PCBC-A, Special Correspondent

Reactive Dogs: Compassion and the Power of Animal Learning are at the Heart of Training

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 What to do if your dog is reactive to other dogs or other people on walks. Photo: Page Light Studios/Shutterstock. Guest post by Beth Sautins CTC

Companion Animal Psychology Book Club June 2021

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"In this superbly articulate cri de coeur, Safina gives us a new way of looking at the natural world that is radically different."―The Washington Post. By Zazie Todd, PhD.

What You Can Expect from The Pawsitive Post

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 Enrichment for your pet... and for you too in this new premium newsletter (with benefits). Photo: Lenti Hill/Shutterstock

Top Tips on Puppy Raising from the Experts (Guide)

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Common questions about caring for puppies answered by the experts. Photo: Photology1971/Shutterstock

Help Your Pet Live Their Best Life with The Pawsitive Post

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An exciting new offering from Companion Animal Psychology for people who want (even) happier pets. By Zazie Todd, PhD

Flops, Treats, Purrs, and Pees: The Measurements of Daily Life with Pets

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Trials, setbacks, and love are all part of our relationship with dogs and cats. Photo: Ermolaeva Olga 84/Shutterstock By Zazie Todd PhD.

Companion Animal Psychology News May 2021

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Misunderstanding dogs, where a cat's butt goes, puppies, and teenagers... this month's Companion Animal Psychology news.

If The Cat Fits, It Tells Us What They See

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Will cats choose to sit in an imaginary box? A grey cat called Ash sits in a Kanizsa square. Photo: Tara McCready By Zazie Todd, PhD.

Understanding Aggression in Dogs: It's Complex, but Fear is a Common Cause

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The risk factors for dogs being aggressive towards people include being fearful, older, small, and someone’s first dog, new research shows.  Photo: Bianca Ackermann/Unsplash

Companion Animal Psychology Book Club May 2021

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 "Answers every question imaginable for the new cat owner."--New York Times Book Review.

Treats and a Training Plan Help Dogs to Wear a Muzzle, Study Shows

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Dogs should learn to wear a muzzle, but many people make mistakes and there’s a fit issue too, according to new research. A dog wears a muzzle at the vet. Photo: Lipik Stock Media/Shutterstock

The Lemonade Conference 2021

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Ticket sales end soon for The Lemonade Conference - three days of education about dog sports, training, and behaviour. Photo: Christina Anne Costello/Unsplash.  The Lemonade Conference from 7-9 May brings you three days of online continuing education with speakers including Malena DeMartini, Jessica Hekman, Kathryn Lord, Emily Larlham, Daniel Mills, Eileen Anderson, Tabitha Kucera, Christopher Pachel, Kathy Sdao, and many more - including myself. It's brought to you by the IAABC and Denise Fenzi and ticket sales end soon . Scholarships are also available and the deadline is this Friday 23rd April.  Zazie Todd, PhD , is the author of Wag: The Science of Making Your Dog Happy, a BC bestseller and winner of the Maxwell Medallion for best book (behaviour, health or general care) from the Dog Writers Association of America. She is the founder of the popular blog Companion Animal Psychology , and also writes a column for Psychology Today . Todd lives in Maple Ridge, BC, with her husban

Companion Animal Psychology has moved

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…Emails, that is. Make sure you’re still on the list. Photo: Julissa Helmuth/Pexels

Companion Animal Psychology News April 2021

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Myths about dogs, making indoor/outdoor decisions about cats, and providing shade for guinea pigs... this month's Companion Animal Psychology news.

13 Common Dog Training Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

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The common mistakes many people make when training their dog. Photo: Alexei_tm/Shutterstock

How to Prioritize Training for a New Rescue Dog: A Guide

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So you brought home a new best friend, and you’re not sure where to start with training your new rescue dog. Here are some tips. Photo: Geartooth Productions/Shutterstock

Animal Book Club April 2021

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The April choice for the Companion Animal Psychology Book Club.  By Zazie Todd, PhD

Fellow Creatures: Finding Hope in Dog Training and Animal Behaviour

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My latest piece at my Psychology Today blog, Fellow Creatures, is up and it looks at the role of the writer when it comes to dog training and animal behaviour.

Companion Animal Psychology Turns 9

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Celebrating nine years of blogging about cats and dogs.  Photo: Rodica Vasiliev/Shutterstock

The Writer's Pet: Trina Moyles and Lookout

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Trina Moyles on her canine friend and protector, Holly, and her latest book, Lookout: Love, Solitude, and Searching for Wildfire in the Boreal Forest . No. 14 in the series The Writer's Pet by Zazie Todd PhD.

Fellow Creatures: New Post on Social Vulnerability and the Surrender of Pets

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I have a new post at my Psychology Today blog, Fellow Creatures, that looks at some research on the factors that affect people's decision to surrender pets to the BC SPCA. Photo: Justin Veeneema/Unsplash

Companion Animal Psychology News March 2021

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Family portraits with pets, tips for caring for kittens, wool dogs in BC, and more... This month's Companion Animal Psychology News. By Zazie Todd, PhD

Peeling Carrots Like Grandma: Lessons in Efficiency For Dog Training

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Every dog is an individual, but dog training is more efficient when there’s a recipe to follow. Photo: Helen Hotson/Shutterstock By Kristi Benson CTC PCBC-A, Special Correspondent

The Writer’s Pet: Jen Sookfong Lee, Finding Home, and The Shadow List

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 Jen Sookfong Lee on her adorable dog, her new children’s book, and her first poetry collection. Rosie McDoggle. Photo: Jen Sookfong Lee.

One Year of Wag: Happy Tails from a Debut Author

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Reflections on the publication of Wag: The Science of Making Your Dog Happy, one year on. Dixie and Hamish with Wag. Photo: Bonnie Hartney, Ocean Park Dog Training . By Zazie Todd, PhD

Animal Book Club March 2021

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“Poignant, thoughtful, and sometimes heartbreaking. King once again elevates the discussion of animal emotion. She tackles a tricky subject with a scientist's care and an animal lover's grace.”-- Jennifer Holland. By Zazie Todd, PhD.

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.