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CAP10: Dog Training and Behaviour Advice From The Experts

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Top tips on reward-based training and caring for dogs of all ages from the experts in dog training and behaviour.  Photo: lightman_pic/Shutterstock By Zazie Todd PhD

Manners, Cues, Management, and the Language of a Better Relationship with Dogs

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Changing language reflects a changing relationship with dogs. Photo: Olgo Popko/Shutterstock By Zazie Todd PhD

Pets' Names: How We Choose Them, How We Use Them, and How to Change Them

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The Pawsitive Post in Conversation (Episode 5) with Zazie Todd and Kristi Benson talking about about the names we give our pets. By Zazie Todd PhD

Companion Animal Psychology Book Club June 2022

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“ Purr is cat-centered, so much that it feels like a very smart cat wrote it! Starting with the most recent scientific findings, Zazie Todd explains with clarity what cats enjoy, what is good for their well-being, and how we can build a strong reciprocal bond with them. Indispensable reading.”--Dr. Carlo Siracusa.

Reading Cats and Dogs: The Recording

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Watch the recording of this popular event with Zazie Todd, Lili Chin, and Sassafras Lowrey in conversation with Kristi Benson.

Fellow Creatures: 2 Ways to Make Your Cat (Even) Happier

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I've got a new post on my Fellow Creatures blog at Psychology Today. Ian Livesey/Shutterstock

My Piece at BBC Science Focus on Cat Books

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I've written a piece for BBC Science Focus magazine. Photo: Fabio Lamanna/Shutterstock

The Science of Making Your Cat Happy Event at Hub City Bookshop

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On 7th June, Hub City Bookshop is hosting me for an event about the science of making your cat happy. By Zazie Todd PhD Join me for a conversation about my new book Purr: The Science of Making Your Cat Happy . This event takes place on Tuesday June 7th from 6pm to 7pm Eastern time (that's 3pm to 4pm for those on Pacific time like me). Come and join in the conversation and ask me questions about the special cats in your life. This event is free but registration is required. You can also get your copy of Purr from Hub City Bookshop. Details are here . 

The Real Meaning of Respect in Dog Training

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What dogs teach us about our relationship with them — and others. Photo: Christian Mueller/Shutterstock

Fellow Creatures: Pet Cats Know Their Fellow Cats Names

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I've got a new post on my Psych Today blog, Fellow Creatures . It looks at some new research that finds pet cats know the names of other cats in their household. Kari Shea/Shutterstock

Memorials Help Us Cope With the Loss of a Pet

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Making memories while they are still here, remembering pets after they are gone, and disenfranchised grief. Photo: Enna8982/Shutterstock

Fellow Creatures: Common Misconceptions about Cats

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A new post on my Psych Today blog Fellow Creatures looks at some common misconceptions about cats. Photo: Krysten Merriman/Pexels

Why Did My Cat Attack Me, and Other Important Cat Questions

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Why did my cat attack me? I answer this - and other important cat questions - for Breakfast Television .

The Slow Blink, Litter Boxes, and Why You Shouldn't Punish Cats

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What does a cat's slow blink mean, and should we slow blink to our pet cats? I explain to CTV's Your Morning . 

Answering Questions About Cats for Global TV

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In two recent TV appearances, I answered some common questions about cats.

Pub Date (Purr Day?) for Purr: The Science of Making Your Cat Happy

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Get tips for an even happier cat in my book, Purr , published today. By Zazie Todd PhD

Companion Animal Psychology Book Club May 2022

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"The book brims with Roach’s irreverent humor, which particularly shines when she experiences human-animal conflict firsthand... A blend of modern science and history, with Roach’s flair for spotting hidden absurdities... As another entry in Roach’s canon of books, Fuzz stands tall (and hairy), educating as much as it entertains."― Bethany Brookshire, Science News .

What Do Dogs Want? Social Choices and Varied Breeding for Better Welfare

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A comparison with village dogs highlights some of the ways that pet dogs’ lives could be improved. Photo: Lim Tiaw Leong/Shutterstock

How to Counter Misinformation about Dog Training and Cat Behaviour with Truth Sandwiches

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The Pawsitive Post in Conversation with Zazie Todd and Kristi Benson making some truth sandwiches about cats and dogs.

Guest Post: The Magic of Management in Dog Training

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 I wrote a guest post for the Academy for Dog Trainers about the magic of management in dog training. By Zazie Todd PhD

David and Patrick's Fairy-Tale Land of Kindness Could Be Our Gift To Dogs

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A dog trainer’s reflections on acceptance, cultural change, and letting dogs be dogs. #CAP10 Photo: thka/Shutterstock

Invitation to Join the Purr Party

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Your invitation to join The Purr Party with behind-the-scenes access to my book launch.

The Top Companion Animal Psychology Posts Over 10 Years

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The most popular posts about dog and cat behaviour from ten years of Companion Animal Psychology . #CAP10 Photo: xkunclova/Shutterstock

What’s Changed For Pets—And What Still Needs to Change?

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The Pawsitive Post in Conversation with special guest Jean Donaldson as part of Companion Animal Psychology ’s tenth anniversary celebrations. #CAP10 By Zazie Todd PhD

Companion Animal Psychology Book Club April 2022

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“I dare you to read this book and tell me that racial justice isn’t important in animal advocacy.” -- Dolores Huerta.

Upcoming Events at The Pawsitive Post

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The webinars and journal club that are happening for Pawsitive Post subscribers over the next few months.

Fellow Creatures: New Post on Consent Tests

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I have a new post over on my Psychology Today blog, Fellow Creatures.  Samson Katt/Pexels

Companion Animal Psychology Turns Ten

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Celebrating ten years of inspiring people to have happier pets. Photo: Nadezhda V. Kulagina/Shutterstock By Zazie Todd PhD

Anniversary Discounts at Companion Animal Psychology

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Get your paws on merch or the Post with these special anniversary discounts. By Zazie Todd  PhD

Reading Cats and Dogs: CAP10

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The Reading Cats and Dogs event is part of Companion Animal Psychology' s tenth anniversary celebrations. By Zazie Todd PhD

Cats Need… A New Illustration from Lili Chin

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The artist Lili Chin has created a new illustration about cats and it’s both adorable and useful. Photo: PILAIPHUN/Shutterstock By Zazie Todd PhD

Why Does Your Cat Rub Their Head On You?

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Your cat’s gentle headrubs are an important part of their social behaviour. Photo: Marie-Claude Lemay/Shutterstock By Zazie Todd PhD

Staying Safe: Management for Fearful Dogs

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If you have a fearful or reactive dog, you need to get good at management. Here’s how it helps. A woman walks her dog along Britain's Jurassic Coast towards Portland Bill. Photo: AlonaK/Shutterstock By Zazie Todd PhD

Companion Animal Psychology Book Club March 2022

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“Stories that both dazzle and edify… This book is not just about life, but about discovery itself.” —Siddhartha Mukherjee, New York Times Book Review. By Zazie Todd PhD

Fellow Creatures: Gender Roles, Dominance Training, and Caring for Pets

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I have a new post over on my Psych Today blog Fellow Creatures . Anna Fusciello/Pexels By Zazie Todd PhD

Reading Cats and Dogs: A Conversation with Lili Chin, Sassafras Lowrey, and Zazie Todd

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Join three of the coolest and most-trusted companion animal authors as they talk about their writing, share tips, and read from their books.  By Zazie Todd PhD

Fellow Creatures: Serving Up Truth Sandwiches about Dogs and Cats

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I've got a new post on my Psych Today blog, Fellow Creatures. Anush Barwa/Unsplash By Zazie Todd, PhD

Companion Animal Psychology Book Club February 2022

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"Come for the fables and stay for the behavioral research in this jam-packed but delightful collection"--Scientific American.

The Best Cat Training Treats

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Finding the right food reinforcement for training cats to like their carrier or do tricks. Want to train your cat to like their carrier? The right treats will help. Photo: Konrad Mostert/Shutterstock

Your Invite to my Webinar on How to Make Your Cat Happy

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A webinar in celebration of the upcoming book Purr: The Science of Making Your Cat Happy .

Scientists surprised to learn that cats are freeloaders

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Pet cats prefer food from a bowl rather than a food puzzle toy, study finds.  Photo: Okssi/Shutterstock

Time for Self Reflection? Exploring Developments in Animals' Abilities to Demonstrate Self-Awareness

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The mirror test isn’t the only way to test for self-awareness—but thinking about the kind of mirror can make a difference to results.  Chimpanzees exploring mirror reflections using large and handheld mirrors respectively. Reproduced from Kopp et al. 2021 under Creative Commons 3.0 License .    Guest post by John Binks and Lucie Mellish

Specialty Webinars at the Ottawa Humane Society

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A series of four webinars on The Science of Making Pets Happy. Photo: Tomáš Jíra/Pexels By Zazie Todd PhD