Fellow Creatures: 3 Things Dog and Cat Guardians Get Right

I've got a new post on my Psych Today blog, Fellow Creatures, which takes a look at the positive side of the pet-guardian relationship.

A corgi in a backpack looks out through some flowers
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By Zazie Todd PhD

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The post is in response to one by Dr. Marc Bekoff ("Are you being fair to right-minded dog owners?") in which he writes about some comments he got from readers, and analyzes posts by himself and other Psych Today bloggers (including me!) to see if they tend towards the more negative or more positive end of things.

Because of that, I decided to take a look at 3 things that dog and cat guardians get right

Dr. Bekoff's post also prompted me to look at some of my own posts, because I try hard to write positive posts most of the time, I had just written one that could be classed as more negative, and which is already one of my most-viewed posts on Psych Today. Maybe this tells us something about social media?

So for the record, right now I've got two Psych Today posts that are currently my most popular and that are practically neck-and-neck in terms of page views:

I've written several posts about how we can effectively communicate about dog training and dog and cat behaviour. Sharing positive recommendations is an important part of it. If you're interested to learn more, you might like these posts in particular:

And finally I'll add that if you're looking for positive suggestions for how to care for your dog or cat, you'll find plenty, including a checklist for a happy dog/cat, in my books Wag: The Science of Making Your Dog Happy and Purr: The Science of Making Your Cat Happy. If you're working with clients, I think you'll find these books very helpful as recommended reading.


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, writes The Pawsitive Post premium newsletter, 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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