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Fellow Creatures: The Meowing 20s

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Looking forward to a new decade. By Zazie Todd, PhD On my Fellow Creatures blog, I'm looking forward to things we might wish for our pet dogs and cats in the next decade in my post The Meowing 20s . Take a look, and let me know what you are hoping for. Happy New Year! Photo: rawpixel.com/lifeofpix Zazie Todd, PhD , is the author of Wag: The Science of Making Your Dog Happy. She is the founder of the popular blog Companion Animal Psychology , where she writes about everything from training methods to the human-canine relationship. She also writes a column for Psychology Today and has received the prestigious Captain Haggerty Award for Best Training Article in 2017. Todd lives in Maple Ridge, BC, with her husband and two cats. Useful links: Check out what the Animal Book Club is reading this month Get Companion Animal Psychology merch    Support me on Ko-fi Visit my Amazon store This page contains affiliate links. As an Amazon Associate I e

The Posts of the Year 2019

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The most popular posts about dogs and cats this year. By Zazie Todd, PhD It’s time to look back on what happened on the blog this year. Companion Animal Psychology has been going for over 7 and a half years now, with more than 500 posts. I love the community of like-minded people that has grown around this page! This year, I was honoured to interview several authors about their wonderful books: Dr. Alexandra Horowitz about her new book, Our Dogs, Ourselves (this was especially popular with email subscribers, being read by almost everyone) Dr. Mark Goldstein , about his book Lions and Tigers and Hamsters   Cat Warren , about her book What the Dog Knows (which now has a Young Reader’s Edition)   I was lucky to publish some amazing guest posts this year. There were two beautifully-written guest posts from Kristi Benson: making a living in the world: anthropology, the evolution of behaviour, and training dogs and into the middle of things: dog training lessons from the bes

Season's Greetings

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Season's Greetings from Companion Animal Psychology. Photo: Jessica Lewis/Unsplash Thank you for your support throughout the year, for reading and sharing my blog posts, and all your emails and messages. And to those of you in the book club, thank you for reading all the books with me! Happy Holidays! And wishing you and yours a joyful, peaceful, and healthy 2020. Zazie Zazie Todd, PhD , is the author of Wag: The Science of Making Your Dog Happy. She is the founder of the popular blog Companion Animal Psychology , where she writes about everything from training methods to the human-canine relationship. She also writes a column for Psychology Today and has received the prestigious Captain Haggerty Award for Best Training Article in 2017. Todd lives in Maple Ridge, BC, with her husband and two cats. Useful links: Check out what the Animal Book Club is reading this month Get Companion Animal Psychology merch    Support me on Ko-fi Visit my Amazon store

Winter Reading: Animal Books

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The animal books I’m reading this Fall and Winter (non-fiction and fiction). Photo: Ayla Vershueren/Unsplash By Zazie Todd, PhD If you're looking for something to read, or a last-minute gift idea for an animal lover, check out these books about dogs, cats, wolves, and animals in general that I've been reading lately. This page contains affiliate links. What the Dog Knows Young Readers Edition: Scent, Science, and the Amazing Ways Dogs Perceive the World by Cat Warren Like the NYT-bestselling original version, this book tells the story of Cat Warren’s dog Solo, how she trained him to be a cadaver dog, and the searches they went on together to find the bodies of the missing. Along the way we learn how cadaver dogs are trained, the importance of accuracy, and the many kinds of searches working dogs can do – for missing people, in criminal cases, to find lost military personnel, and even to find historical graves. The book is suitable for young readers but does not

Fellow Creatures: New Post on Everyday Dog Training

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Dogs are learning all the time, not just in formal dog training classes. Over at my Psychology Today blog Fellow Creatures , I have a new post with 10 tips to integrate dog training into everyday life .  Check it out, and let me know your tips for everyday dog training. Photo: Alexa Fotos/Pixabay Zazie Todd, PhD , is the author of Wag: The Science of Making Your Dog Happy. She is the founder of the popular blog Companion Animal Psychology , where she writes about everything from training methods to the human-canine relationship. She also writes a column for Psychology Today and has received the prestigious Captain Haggerty Award for Best Training Article in 2017. Todd lives in Maple Ridge, BC, with her husband and two cats. Useful links: Check out what the Animal Book Club is reading this month Get Companion Animal Psychology merch    Support me on Ko-fi Visit my Amazon store

Companion Animal Psychology News December 2019

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Ancient art, ‘aha’ moments in dogs, and caring for indoors-only cats… By Zazie Todd, PhD My Favourites This Month “In the story told in the scene, eight figures approach wild pigs and anoas (dwarf buffaloes native to Sulawesi). For whoever painted these figures, they represented much more than ordinary human hunters.“ Indonesian cave’s mythical beings may be oldest imaginative art by humans , by Becky Ferreira . “Here are some stories that raise interesting questions about why dogs do what they do and what they're thinking about and feeling.” As dogs have ‘Aha’ moments, what’s happening in their brains? by Dr. Marc Bekoff . “Shockingly, nearly half of the subjects (41%) did not believe that fish were made of meat.” The vegetarian’s dilemma: Do fish qualify as meat? by Dr. Hal Herzog . “If only there were some way to really talk to our pets, to know what they really want, and for them to know just how much you love them.“ Can that dog on Instagram really talk? by Ja