About 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 make our relationship with pets even better.

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.

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About Zazie Todd PhD

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Zazie Todd, PhD, started Companion Animal Psychology in 2012. 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.

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

Her writing has also appeared on Pacific Standard (e.g. Why science matters to our pets) and in Reader's Digest. The ultimate dog training tip won the 2017 Captain Haggerty Award from the Dog Writer's Association of America. 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”) and has a Certificate in Feline Behaviour with Distinction from International Cat Care. She is 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.

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.

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.

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