Good Habits and Resolutions for Dog and Cat Guardians and for Writers (PPiC Ep 2)

Zazie and Kristi talk about good habits for people with dogs and cats, New Year's Resolutions, and good habits for writers too in episode 2 of The Pawsitive Post in Conversation.

Kristi Benson (left) and Zazie Todd chat via Zoom for The Pawsitive Post in Conversation episode 2

By Zazie Todd PhD

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We talk about New Year's Resolutions, habits that are a good idea for pet guardians, helping dogs and cats cope with winter, grooming dogs and cats, writing habits, and what we're reading right now.

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We talk in particular about dog walking as a habit, and giving cats lap time as a habit. The other habits we consider are to do with nail trims, grooming, where to store treats so they are to hand when you need them, scooping the litter tray, and giving pets their medications. Of course, it helps to keep a habit if your dog or cat learns that something happens at the same time each day, as they will remind you about it!

Kristi and Zazie have completely different writing habits, with Kristi writing when she feels inspired (which produces some beautiful posts for this blog), and Zazie writing something every day. 

We chat about helping our pets deal with winter weather, and how our own pets cope with rain, snow, and--in Kristi's case--very cold temperatures. 

The books mentioned

A Dog's World: Imagining the Lives of Dogs in a World without Humans by Jessica Pierce and Marc Bekoff.

The Sleep Solution: Why Your Sleep is Broken and How to Fix It by W. Chris Winter.

How to Pronounce Knife by Souvankham Thammavongsa.

Kristi Benson is an honours graduate of the prestigious Academy for Dog Trainers, where she earned her Certificate in Training and Counseling (CTC). She also has gained her PCBC-A credential from the Pet Professional Accreditation Board. She has recently moved to beautiful northern British Columbia, where she will continue to help dog guardians through online teaching and consultations. Kristi is on staff at the Academy for Dog Trainers, helping to shape the next generation of canine professionals. Kristi’s dogs are rescue sled dogs, mostly retired and thoroughly enjoying a good snooze in front of the woodstove. 


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Zazie Todd, PhD, is the award-winning author of  Wag: The Science of Making Your Dog Happy and Purr: The Science of Making Your Cat Happy. She is the creator of the popular blog, Companion Animal Psychology, and also has a column at Psychology Today. Todd lives in Maple Ridge, BC, with her husband, one dog, and two cats. 

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