About Zazie Todd and Companion Animal Psychology

Happy pets, happy people. That’s the aim with which Zazie Todd, PhD, started Companion Animal Psychology: to explore the ways science can help make our relationship with pets even better.

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Companion Animal Psychology shares evidence-based information about how to care for our pets, and brings the latest science of companion animals and their people to a wide audience.

While exploring a variety of topics in animal welfare and cognition, there are particular themes to which Zazie often returns: the importance of enrichment for our pets; the use of reward-based training for dogs (and cats); the need to make visits to the vet less stressful; and the psychology of the human-animal bond.

As well, Zazie enjoys covering research on how to keep pets in the home and increase adoptions of shelter animals.

Her writing has also appeared on Pacific Standard (e.g. Why science matters to our pets). Companion Animal Psychology was nominated three times in the 2016 Dog Writer's Association Awards, and was one of three finalists in the 2017 People's Choice Award for Canada's Favourite Science Blog.

Zazie has a PhD in Psychology (University of Nottingham) and an MFA Creative Writing (UBC).

Zazie graduated with honours from Jean Donaldson’s Academy for Dog Trainers (“the Harvard of dog training”). She is an Affiliate member of the International Association of Animal Behaviour Consultants (Shelter division) and a volunteer at the BC SPCA.

Zazie 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.

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Contact details:-
Email Zazie on companimalpsych at gmail dot com.
By mail: Zazie Todd, PhD,
PO Box 719 Stn Whonnock
Maple Ridge, BC,
V2W 0C9,

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