About Companion Animal Psychology

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About Zazie Todd PhD


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Zazie Todd, PhD, started Companion Animal Psychology in 2012 to explore the ways in which science can help us to have happier cats and dogs. In 2016, in addition to the blog, she started the Animal Book Club.

Todd's book Wag: The Science of Making Your Dog Happy will be published by Greystone Books in February 2020.

Todd's Psychology Today blog, Fellow Creatures, explores the social world of people and animals. Her writing has also appeared in Pacific Standard (e.g. Why science matters to our pets), Reader's Digest, and West Coast Veterinarian. The ultimate dog training tip won the 2017 Captain Haggerty Award from the Dog Writer's Association of America. Companion Animal Psychology was one of three finalists in the 2017 People's Choice Award for Canada's Favourite Science Blog.

Todd is an adjunct professor at Canisius College, she she teaches a graduate course on Communicating  Anthrozoology to the Public. As well, she takes dogs and cats as clients through her behaviour consulting business, Blue Mountain Animal Behaviour.

Todd has a PhD in Psychology (University of Nottingham) and an MFA Creative Writing (UBC). Todd graduated with honours from Jean Donaldson’s Academy for Dog Trainers (“the Harvard of dog training”) and has a Certificate in Feline Behaviour with Distinction from International Cat Care. She is a multi species training professional member of the Pet Professional Guild, an Affiliate member of the International Association of Animal Behaviour Consultants (Shelter division), and a volunteer at the BC SPCA.

Her 2018 paper, Barriers to the adoption of humane dog training methods, was published in the Journal of Veterinary Behavior: Clinical Applications and Research.

Todd grew up in Leeds, in the north of England, and now lives in Maple Ridge, BC, Canada, with her common law husband, one dog and two cats.

Not sure how to pronounce 'Zazie'? It's a short 'a', like in jazzy. The name comes from the book by Raymond Queneau, Zazie in the Metro.

Listen to Zazie Todd, PhD


You can listen to interviews with Dr. Zazie Todd at the following links:
  • Pet Psychology. Interview with Radio New Zealand.
  • Psychologist tells us what pets want from their owners. Zazie Todd spoke to Animal Radio.
  • Making dogs happier! Zazie Todd spoke to Colleen Pelar and Julie Fudge Smith at Your Family Dog podcast.
Or you can read the full list of media mentions.

Social Media and Contact Details


To contact Zazie Todd, PhD, email companimalpsych at gmail dot com.

By mail: Zazie Todd, PhD,
PO Box 719 Stn Whonnock
Maple Ridge, BC,
V2W 0C9,
Canada.

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