Happy cats. Happy dogs. Thanks to science.

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. Here at Companion Animal Psychology, she's been inspiring people to have happier pets since 2012.

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Zazie Todd PhD with her dog Bodger and her two books Wag and Purr

In Canada, signed copies of Purr are available from Black Bond Books via this link: https://blackbondbooks.com/purr and Wag with this link: https://blackbondbooks.com/wag

“A digestible mixture of science summaries, expert opinions, anecdotes about Zazie’s cats, and practical tips. Purr is definitely a book your cat would want you to read!"—Dr. Sarah Ellis, co-author of The Trainable Cat and Head of Cat Advocacy, International Cat Care
"Zazie Todd, a psychologist and dog trainer, gives us the latest research and insights that can help you better understand your dog. Practical, compassionate, thorough — and based on science rather than wishful thinking — Wag is also a gift you should give to yourself and the dog or dogs in your life. I loved it!”—Cat Warren, NYT-Bestselling author of What the Dog Knows


Upcoming Events

The flyer for Yappy Hour with Zazie Todd and Jules Howard

Dogs & Books Yappy Hour--Encore Author Edition. Guest host Zazie Todd PhD in conversation with Jules Howard, author of Wonderdog: The Science of Dogs and Their Unique Friendship with Humans. Sunday 26 March at 11am Pacific (2pm Eastern). 

Shelter cats and Purr. PPG Shelter and Rescue Divisional Meetup, Tuesday March 28th 10am Pacific/1pm Eastern. Free for PPG members. 

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Select Media

The British declared wellbeing as a right for all animals, Dog Talk (and Kitties Too!), 27 Feb 2023

The Five Freedoms, Cat Chat, 22 Feb 2023

Should I get a second dog?, The Farmer's Dog Digest, 18  Feb 2023

How we know your dog loves you, Radio New Zealand Sunday Morning, 13 Nov 2022

North by Northwest with Sheryl MacKay, CBC Radio, 5 Nov 2022 (interview starts around the 53 min mark). 

How to Make Your Cat Happy, Radio New Zealand Sunday Morning, 18 September 2022

Purring is a love language no human can speak, The Atlantic, 7 September 2022

The science of making your cat happy, Breakfast Television, 9 May 2022

The science of making your cat happy, CTV Your Morning, 5 May 2022

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