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

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

Jean Donaldson, Zazie Todd PhD, and Kristi Benson in The Pawsitive Post in Converseation

By Zazie Todd PhD

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Over the last ten years since I started writing Companion Animal Psychology, there have been a lot of positive changes for companion animals. There’s a better understanding of animal welfare, the benefits of reward-based training methods, and of enrichment for pets. But there’s still a lot that could be better for our dogs and cats.

As part of Companion Animal Psychology’s tenth anniversary celebrations, Kristi Benson (Special Correspondent) and I recorded a special issue of The Pawsitive Post in Conversation with special guest Jean Donaldson.

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Show Notes:

Jean Donaldson is one of the world's top dog trainers, founder of the Academy for Dog Trainers, and author of the seminal book Culture Clash, which was named number one training and behaviour book by The Association of Pet Dog Trainers. Her most recent book, Train Your Dog Like a Pro, was her first written training guide for a lay audience. In 2017, Jean authored and instructed Dog Training 101 for The Great Courses, another wonderful resource for dog guardians.     

Zazie, Kristi, and Jean talk about what's changed for dogs over the last ten years: the move to reward-based dog training methods, increased enrichment, better education of pet guardians, and fear free veterinary care. As well, we talk about the changes we would still like to see happen. We also talk about Dog Training 101, a 24-lesson course that Jean wrote for The Great Courses, and what students can expect from The Academy for Dog Trainers. 

In the final section, we share the books we are reading right now: 

Life's Edge: The Search for What it Means to Be Alive by Carl Zimmer 

The Anglo Saxons: A History of the Beginnings of England: 400-1066 by Marc Morris 

Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning by Peter C. Brown, Henry L. Roediger III, and Mark A. McDaniel instag

Alfabet/Alphabet: A Memoir of a First Language by Sadiqa de Meijer 

The books are available from all good bookstores and from Companion Animal Psychology's Amazon store

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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.

Zazie Todd, PhD, is the award-winning author of Wag: The Science of Making Your Dog Happy and the forthcoming 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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