Zazie Todd in the News

Media mentions for Zazie Todd, PhD, and Companion Animal Psychology. Zazie Todd is an animal behaviour expert and the award-winning author of Wag: The Science of Making Your Dog Happy and Purr: The Science of Making Your Cat Happy.

To contact Zazie, email companimalpsych at gmail dot com. For more information, see about Zazie Todd.


Fun activities to do with your cat (splurge edition), Shel Graves Animal Consulting, 31 May 2024 

How big a problem is dog fouling in Scotland?, BBC Scotland News, 5 Mar 2024

How pets benefit our brains, Radio New Zealand Sunday Morning, 11 Feb 2024

Daybreak South with Chris Walker, CBC Radio Kelowna, 6 Feb 2024

The life expectancy of dog breeds, CBC Radio The Early Edition, 5 Feb 2024

A chance for Champ, Washington Times Herald, 12 Jan 2024


What to do if your senior dog is anxious, The Farmers Dog, 13 Nov 2023

Are we pathologizing normal pooch behaviour?, Radio New Zealand Sunday Morning, 29 Oct 2023

Demystifying cat behavior with Dr. Zazie Todd, Happy Paws podcast, 13 Oct 2023

Cats in the spotlight, Wild at Heart Dogs Podcast, 12 Sep 2023

How to mindfully photograph animal roommates, Spirituality and Health, August 2023

Friends Forever, Inside Your Cat's Mind 10, June 2023

Purrcast, A Dog's Life, 18 June 2023

The science of making your cat happy, CBC Radio All in a Weekend with Sonali Karnick, 17 June 2023

387 days as cat guardians, NC Dia-Schneebeli, 11 June 2023

More cat chat, Radio New Zealand Sunday Morning, 4 June 2023

The Meow Hour, BBC Radio London, 9 April 2023 (interview starts about 40mins 30s)

Showcasing Canadian dog behaviour professionals, CAPDT Forum, Spring 2023

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

Anthropomorphism: Is it relevant?, PPG Advocacy Panel, 17 Feb 2023

Review of Purr: The Science of Making Your Cat Happy, Calcasieu Parish Public Library, 15 Feb 2023


Live From The Ranch Episode 61, Karen Pryor Clicker Training, 1 Dec 2022

Zazie Todd: Your dog questions answered, Radio New Zealand Sunday Morning, 20 Nov 2022

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). 

Does your cat even like you?, Cat Chat, 2 Nov 2022

Animal rights, pet book sales grow in domestic market, The Korea Times, 30 September 2022

More ways to make your cat happy, Radio New Zealand Sunday Morning, 25 September 2022

How to make your cat happy, Radio New Zealand Sunday Morning, 18 September 2022

Purr: What does it take to make your cat happy?, The Other End of the Leash, 12 September 2022

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

How to better understand your cat, Psych Crunch podcast, 6 Sep 2022

Making cats happy, Twitter Space hosted by Dr. Sebastiann Bol @iamscicomm, 20 Aug 2022

Psychology behind buying gifts for your pets, Harry and David, 10 Aug 2022

The 6 best dog books to read this summer, Paw Prints, August/September 2022

Why do dogs chase their tails?, Fetch by the Dodo, 2 August 2022

Backyard Pet Talk podcast with Shannon Riley-Coyner, Truly Force Free, 28 July 2022

Make vet visits easier for all involved, LaTrobe Bulletin, 27 July 2022

Is my cat happy?, an excerpt from Purr in The Wildest, 12 July 2022

Leave the hiding cat alone!, Cat Chat, 6 July 2022

Happy cats with Zazie Todd, Pod to the Rescue, 2 July 2022

Purr by Zazie Todd, Mooresville (IN) Public Library, 30 June 2022

National Adopt a Cat Month review of Purr, Sweatpants and Coffee, 26 June 2022

Facebook Live about Purr, The Pet Professional Guild, 17 June 2022

Put the spray bottle in the trash!, Cat Chat, 15 June 2022

PURR-cast with Anna Webb, A Dog's Life, 12 June 2022

25 great animal care blogs, Vet Tech Colleges, 6 June 2022

The cat's nose knows, Cat Chat podcast, 2 June 2022

Dr. Zazie Todd shares her newest book: Purr, Your Family Dog podcast, 24 May 2022

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

Contented cats, Pet Connection, 9 May 2022

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

CBC Radio syndication interviews: Shift New Brunswick; On the Go St John's; Breakaway Quebec City; All Points West Victoria; Up to Speed Winnipeg; On the Coast Vancouver; Mainstreet Halifax; Homestretch Calgary; Radio West Kelowna; Airplay Whitehorse; Up North Sudbury/Thunder Bay; Afternoon Edition Saskatchewan, 4 May 2022

Review of Purr, Random Things Through My Letterbox, 3 May 2022

Ask an expert: Cat happiness, Global BC News Morning, 1 May 2022

Cats deserve to be happy - here's how to enrich their lives, Zazie Todd interviewed by Dr. Marc Bekoff, Psychology Today, 29 April 2022

The Morning Show, Global National, 28 April 2022

Why do cats meow?, Newsweek, 21 April 2022

The behavioural development of puppies, FCI podcast, 19 April 2022

Does my dog like me?, Farmer's Dog Digest, 17 April 2022

Why does my cat wag its tail?, Newsweek, 16 April 2022

Can you train a cat?, Newsweek, 14 April 2022

Why do cats chatter at birds?, Newsweek, 8 April 2022

Pets acting up? A pep-talk for fixing bad behavior, American Association of Pet Parents, 4 April 2022

How to choose a dog trainer, The Doggy Dojo Podcast, 5 April 2022

DogCast Radio, Episode 250, 26 March 2022

Why do cats like boxes so much?, Newsweek, 22 March 2022

What do dogs dream about?, Newsweek, 21 March 2022

Why does my dog stare at me?, Newsweek, 17 March 2022

Feline lives reimagined, AAHA Trends magazine, March 2022

Why do cats hiss?, Newsweek, 14 Mar 2022

The Science of Making Your Cat Happy, The Pet Buzz, week of 13 Mar 2022; radio and podcast

Helping your fearful dog (with Zazie Todd), Positively Victoria Stilwell (Youtube), 25 Feb 2022

Should I hug my dog? Or any dog?, The Farmers Dog Digest, 23 Feb 2022

OHS event series: Learn how to keep your pets happy, Stittsville Central, 20 Feb 2022

The Sam Laprade Show, City News Ottawa, 9 Feb 2022

We didn't spread bad info, Bunsen and BEAKER, Jan 2022

Happy cats, BC BookLook, Jan 7 2022

Review of Wag: The Science of Making Your Dog Happy, Bookdragon Di (Youtube), 4 Jan 2022

7 cat books you must read in 2022, The Cattington Post, 3 Jan 2022


2021 dog Holiday gift guide, Sara Ondrako, Dec 2021

Make vet visits easier for all involved, Washington Times Herald, 25 Nov 2021

How to make your dog happy, The Farmers Dog, 22 Oct 2021

8 tips to keep cats off counters, Newsweek, 3 Oct 2021

How to get a dog to like you, MEL magazine, 13 Sep 2021

The Greg Cote Show episode 35, The Miami Herald, 13 Sep 2021

Create a 'freebie' to help you grow, The Week in Newsletters, 7 Sep 2021

Food: A gift from the gods to you and your dog, A Positive Connection, 20 Aug 2021

BARKS podcast, 19 July 2021

Every dog is different, Upward Hound, 15 June 2021

How to train your dog to skateboard, MEL magazine, 16 Mar 2021

A Dog's Life with Anna Webb (podcast), 14 Mar 2021

Get Fido friendly, Dogster, April/May 2021.

Why do dogs poop where they poop?, MEL Magazine, Feb 2020.

¿Cómo preparar a nuestras mascotas para la vida post pandemia? 5 claves, Rio Negro (Spanish translation of WaPo article listed below), 5 Jan 2021

Zazie Todd and her book Wag featured in The Telegraph on 14 March 2020
Zazie Todd and her book Wag featured in The Telegraph on 14 March 2020


Lockdown brings separation anxiety for owners and pets, The Independent Online, 19 Dec 2020

The Greg Cote Show episode 41, The Miami Herald, 14 Dec 2020 (and corresponding article here

How much 'well' is in welfare?, The DoGenius, 10 Dec 2020

Put down your phone to connect with your dog, Fear Free Happy Homes, 7 Dec 2020

9 tips for moving with cats, Yahoo Lifestyle, 3 Dec 2020

How to introduce a new kitten to your cat, Yahoo Lifestyle, 1 Dec 2020

How to parent a puppy, Inside Your Dog's Mind magazine, Fall 2020

Tom Swarbrick Show, LBC Radio, 28 Oct 2020

Do we crate too much?, Modern Dog magazine, Fall 2020

Are dogs really learning how to talk?, MEL magazine, 16 Sep 2020

When your dog has something in its mouth, MEL magazine, 28 Aug 2020

Darren Adam Show, LBC Radio, 20  Aug 2020

Dig in: Summer reading for dog lovers, Academy for Dog Trainers, 23 July 2020

How to help your dog deal with pet insomnia, MEL magazine, 20 July 2020

5 helpful resources for pet owners, Wiki ezvid, 16 July 2020

Why you should feed your cat 5 times a day, Lifehacker, 8 July 2020

How to make your pet happy with animal behavior expert Zazie Todd, The Upgrade (Lifehacker), 6 July 2020

Your dog watches you use the bathroom because they love you, MEL magazine, 22 June 2020

Dominant alpha humans don't garner dogs respect and trust, Psychology Today, 27 May 2020

Do I need to be the 'alpha' if I want my dog to respect me?, MEL magazine, 25 May 2020.

Zazie Todd on the science of making happy dogs, Your Family Dog podcast, 19 May 2020

Dogs, Science, and Happiness, Happy Paws magazine, Spring 2020.

Dog Talk (and Kitties Too) with Radio Pet Lady, 9 May 2020

Author helps to deliver happier times for dogs and their humans, Vancouver Sun, 6 May 2020

Help! My dog is going crazy in quarantine, MEL magazine, 6 May 2020

Darren Adam Show, LBC Radio, 4 May 2020

Book Review: Wag, Janetta 30 Apr 2020

Life from Home, Cheddar TV, 29 Apr 2020

BARKS podcast with Dr. Zazie Todd, 28 Apr 2020

Can the coronavirus live on the surface of my dog?, MEL Magazine, 28 Apr 2020

Fat pet cats are cute, but our enthusaism for them may be harmful, The Globe and Mail, 25 Apr 2020

Understand how your pet pooch is really feeling with these body language tips, The Sun on Sunday, 19 Apr 2020

It's the best and worst time to get a new pet, Forge, 15 Apr 2020

CTV's Your Morning, 15 Apr 2020

Victoria talks to DBC presenter Zazie Todd, Victoria Stilwell podcast, 13 Apr 2020

America's pets can't take quarantine any more, Slate, 11 Apr 2020

Breakfast Television Toronto, 6 Apr 2020

What we can learn from European dog culture, New York Times, 28 Mar 2020

Wag: The Science of Making Your Dog Happy - a review, Eileen and Dogs, 25 Mar 2020

Wag: An interview with Zazie Todd about the science of making your dog happy, Kristi Benson, 24 Mar 2020

The Morning Show, Global News, 16 Mar 2020

'Sniffaris', training and treats: how to raise a happier dog, The Telegraph, 14 Mar 2020

Dogs in gilded cages: surviving, but not thriving, Psychology Today, 12 Mar 2020

The Barking Hour, BBC Radio London, 12 Mar 2020

A wag for life: expert animal psychologist reveals how to have a happy dog, The Sunday Post, 8 Mar 2020

Wag: The Science of Making Your Dog Happy (Zazie Todd, PhD, interviewed by Dr. Marc Bekoff), Psychology Today, 10 Mar 2020.

Interview with Zazie Todd, author of Wag: The Science of Making Your Dog Happy, The Academy for Dog Trainers, 10 Mar 2020.

Dogs in Yards: Are They Happy?, Fear Free Happy Homes, 9 Mar 2020.

Zazie Todd's Wag: The Science of Making Your Dog Happy, Believe in Dog podcast, 9 Mar 2020.

Zazie Todd - Wag: The Science of Making Your Dog Happy, Barks from the Bookshelf podcast, 8 Mar 2020.

Meet the Author: Zazie Todd, Author of Wag, Greystone Books, 4 Mar 2020.

CBC radio syndication interviews: Mainstreet PEI; On the Go St Johns; Mainstreet Halifax; Homestretch Calgary; Radio Active Edmonton; Afternoon Edition Saskatchewan; On the Coast Vancouver; Up to Speed Winnipeg; Airplay Whitehorse; Mainstreet Cape Breton (Sydney); All Points West Victoria; Radio West Kelowna; Up North Sudbury; Afternoon Drive London/Windsor; Yellowknife, 3 Mar 2020.

What does my dog think its name is?, MEL magazine, 2 Mar 2020.

Canine contentment, Pet Connection, 2 Mar 2020.

How do I explain to my pets that I broke up with my partner, who they absolutely loved?, MEL magazine, 12 Feb 2020.

The Science of Dog Happiness, Inside Your Dog's Mind, Feb 2020.

Reward-based training depends on owner perceptions, Fear Free Pets, 2 Jan 2020.


Favorites of 2019; new names for ewe lambs, The Other End of the Leash, 30 Dec 2019

Does my pet know how wasted I am?, MEL magazine, 30 Dec 2019.

À quoi rêve les chiens? Le sommeil des animaux expliqué, Madmoizelle, 5 Dec 2019.

What to do if your neighbor's dog won't stop barking, MEL magazine, 3 Dec 2019.

What do animals dream about?, MEL magazine, 19 Nov 2019.

Study: Negative dog training methods can cause long term harm, Learning English, 17 November 2019.

Wagging the dog, BC BookLook, Nov 27 2019.

Bad dog? Think twice before yelling, experts say, Science, 6 Nov 2019.

Why do dogs hump everything?, MEL magazine, 6 Nov 2019.

Darren Adam show, LBC radio, 5 Nov 2019.

Intelligence for your health radio show, 4 Nov 2019.

Nursing students feline fine after award honour, Vet Times, 24 October 2019.

Arlene Bynon Show, Sirius XM, 18 October 2019.

Food rewards: Way to a dog's heart IS through its stomach, Washington Post, 1 October 2019 (and many other news outlets as it's an AP story).

Best pet blogs pet parents can find on the internet, Cyberpet, 26 August 2019.

Should you take your dog to the dog park? The answer may surprise you, This Dog's Life, 2 Aug 2019.

Curiosity with Zazie Todd, PhD, Unleashed (at home and at work) podcast with Colleen Pelar, 1 Aug 2019.

Good audiobooks to listen to while walking with dogs: An occasional series,, 17 July 2019.

Coming Spring 2020 - Wag: The Science of Making Your Dog Happy, Greystone Books, 18 June 2019.

How to raise a  healthy and happy dog, Pawstruck, 18 June 2019.

How to pet a dog the right way, Mother Nature Network, 6 June 2019.

"Bad dog?" The psychology of using positive reinforcement, Marc Bekoff at Psychology Today, 6 June 2019.

Nose work is scentsational for dogs, Fear Free Happy Homes, 27 May 2019.

Worried about using food during training?, Kelly Ballantyne at AVSAB blog, 19 May 2019; reprinted from Insightful Animals.

Should dogs be shocked, choked or pronged?, Marc Bekoff at Psychology Today, 25 Apr 2019; also reprinted at The Bark.

Is your dog asking for personal space?, Educanine, 25 Apr 2019

Adorable cats looking out of window cause this lady late to work, Feed Me Malaysia, 23 Apr 2019

For a healthier life, don't let your pet get overweight, BARKS blog, 14 Apr 2019

Understanding the canine mind, Happy Paws magazine, Spring/Summer 2019

The best dog toys,

Study conducted on verbal processing and how dogs understand humans, Advocate-Messenger News, 26 March 2019

The responsible pet owner’s checklist for taking care of a pet, PetMD, 19 March 2019

240 badass female bloggers of 2019, Lady Boss Blogger, 15 March 2019

Why some dogs like to be touched but others don’t, Marc Bekoff, Psychology Today, 2 March 2019

Being touched is fine for some dogs, but not for others Marc Bekoff at Psychology Today, 2 Mar 2019

11 ways to take care of your dog as it gets older, Bustle, March 2019

Do anxious owners make for anxious dogs?, National Geographic (and translated for other national versions of the website), 1 March 2019

A reflection on dangerous dogs, breed specific legislation, dog bites and shelters, Woof Like to Meet, 17 Feb 2019

Ethical views on the use and abuse of animals, Marc Bekoff at Psychology Today, 8 Feb 2019

Allowing dogs to sniff helps them think positively, Marc Bekoff at Psychology Today, 7 Feb 2019

Barriers to the adoption of humane dog training, podcast with Bravo Dog, 5 Feb 2019

How to keep your cat from destructive scratching, Lincoln Pet Culture, 4 Feb 2019

Should you ignore your dog when leaving the house?, Fear Free Happy Homes, 28 Jan 2019

For good cat-dog relationships, focus on the cat, Fear Free Pets

Worried about using food during training?, Insightful Animals, 28 Jan 2019

Four cat enrichment groups on Facebook, Lincoln Pet Culture, 16 Jan 2019

Can cats and dogs get along? Science says yes, Fear Free Happy Homes, 14 Jan 2019


Partnering with the veterinary community, BARKS blog, 14 Dec 2018

Tick tock understanding your pet’s inner clock, Rock n Roll Dogs, 5 Dec 2018

Don’t read my blog – read theirs instead, Behavior Matters Academy, 29 Nov 2018

Anthony Clavane: The tendency is to see Neil, Marr and Humphrys as grumpy old men.. But it reeks of double standards. Yorkshire Post, 23 Nov 2018

Should you say goodbye to your dog before you leave them?, Marc Bekoff at Psychology Today, 30 Sep 2018

Psychologist tells us what pets want from their owners, Animal Radio, 22 Sep 2018

Psicologia canina: dobbiamo salutare il cane prima di uscire di casa?, Ammore a quattro zampe

Blog will  help you, your dog, enjoy life, Albuquerque Journal, 31 Aug 2018

Dr. Zazie Todd: Eight tips to help fearful dogs feel safe, A Positive Connection, 21 Aug 2018

Reading list for dog owners, BARKS blog, 14 Aug 2018

Pet psychology, Radio New Zealand, 14 Aug 2018

Ever wonder how your dog sees the world? Read this, NDTV, 30 July 2018

Your dog wants you to check out this blog so you both will get more enjoyment in life, Seattle Times, 29 July 2018

Your dog and cat wish they could tell you this, Washington Post, 27 July 2018

How the ‘cat lady’ trope came to be, Huffington Post, 19 July 2018

Things to consider before buying a puppy, Fupping, 15 July 2018

Is What the Fluff? cruel to pups?, Slate, 13 July 2018

Dog smarts: The science of what they think about and know,  Marc Bekoff, Psychology Today, 3 Jul 2018

Is it time to ban shock collars for dogs in all situations?, Marc Bekoff, Psychology Today, 22 Jun 2018

If you won’t talk to your cat about catnip, who will?, Science Borealis, 22 May 2018

Choosing a dog training method, Underdog’s Triumph, 29 April 2018

What a dog geneticist wants you to know about dog genetics, Scientific American DogSpies, 25 Apr 2018

Dogs’ noses in the news: Scent reduces stress in shelters,  Marc Bekoff, Psychology Today, 21 Apr 2018

Canine Confidential: Why dogs do what they do, Marc Bekoff, Psychology Today, 11 Apr 2018

It’s National Puppy Day so give them all the love you can,  Marc Bekoff, Psychology Today, 23 Mar 2018

Thunderphobia in dogs, BARKS blog, 13 Mar 2018

The Current, CBC Radio, 5 Mar 2018

Dogs of all ages need to be challenged: Use it or lose it, Marc Bekoff, Psychology Today, 1 Feb 2018

This year, make the world better for dogs, Scientific American DogSpies, 1 Feb 2018

How to find a dog trainer you can trust with your pup, Inquisitive Canine, 8 Jan 2018

The Animals and Us year in review, Hal Herzog, Psychology Today, 5 Jan 2018


How to make the world better for nonhuman animals, Marc Bekoff, Psychology Today, 17 Dec 2019

How to give dogs the best lives possible in a human world, Marc Bekoff, Psychology Today, 8 Dec 2017

Why do food rewards win, but not for separation anxiety?, BARKS blog, 4 Dec 2017

Giving puppies extra socialization is beneficial for them, Marc Bekoff, Psychology Today, 1 Dec 2017

Turns out you can teach an old cat new tricks, Lifehacker, 5 Oct 2017

Interview with Zazie Todd, Companion Animal Psychology, Lincoln Animal Ambassadors, 18 Jul 2017

When pets hear, “It’s Your Choice”, Scientific American DogSpies, 15 Jun 2017

How to make happy dogs even happier, Your Family Dog podcast, 16 May 2017

When humans speak dog, Heal to Howl, 28 Feb 2017

Dogs: love, rejection, dominance, training, and breeding, Marc Bekoff, Psychology Today, 16 Feb 2017

Why people buy dogs who they know will suffer and die young, Marc Bekoff, Psychology Today, 25 Feb 2017


Hot dogs offer window into canine emotions, Scientific American DogSpies, 31 Oct 2016

Cats would like you to know they are open to training, Scientific American DogSpies, 15 Jun 2016

Local blog celebrates fourth anniversary, Maple Ridge - Pitt Meadows Times, 23 April 2016

Featured Blog: Companion Animal Psychology, Science Borealis, 29 Feb 2016

Australian study reveals challenges, pitfalls, of evaluating dog behavior in shelters, Maddies Fund Chew on This, 2 Feb 2016


Not all "choices" are equal, Eileenanddogs, 19 Jun 2015

Can dog bite prevention actually prevent dog bites?, Scientific  American DogSpies, 14 Jun 2015

Really, canine science is open access, Scientific American DogSpies, 28 April 2015

We surrender our dogs. Help scientists understand why, Scientific American DogSpies, 21 Jan 2015

Fallout from the use of aversives, Eileenanddogs


It’s not you, it’s me: If a dog won’t play with you it could be your fault, Scientific American DogSpies, 31 Dec 2014

28 Santa-approved dog science articles, Scientific American DogSpies, 25 Dec 2014

What influences dog owners to pick up after their pets?, Big Think, 21 Dec 2014

Researchers confirm dogs like to work for their treats, Dog Time

Clever Boy! Dogs prefer to earn treats by solving problems, rather than receiving handouts, The Daily Mail, 12 Jun 2014

Dog-eared reading (June 2014), Scientific American DogSpies, 30 Jun 2014

Four things humans do that dogs love, Kristi Benson Dog Training, 20 Apr 2014

February Dog Round-up  (Brains, an Identity Crisis, Undrinkables and More), Scientific American DogSpies, 28 Feb 2014


A fascinating difference between pet dogs and tame wolves, io9, 23 Sep 2013

One in 10 adopted pets is lost or returned after six months, Smithsonian Magazine, 14 Jun 2013

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