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Wag : the science of making your dog happy
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9781771643795
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xi, 299 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
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The must-have guide to improving your dog's life-filled with science-backed advice for making your dog truly happy. "Zazie Todd does dogs the immeasurably good favor of taking their happiness seriously."-Alexandra Horowitz, author ofOur Dogs, Ourselves Did you know that seemingly noiseless electronics may upset your dog? Or that letting your dog sniff the breeze is one of the best gifts you can give? At long last,Wagdemystifies the inner lives of dogs.Certified Fear-Free trainer and social psychologist, Zazie Todd, distills the latest canine science and shares recommendations from leading veterinarians, researchers, and trainersto help you cultivate a rewarding and respectful relationship with your dog-which offers many benefits for you, your family, and your four-legged friend. Features include: A Check Listfor a Happy Dog Enrichment exercises How to socialize a new puppy How to reduce fear and anxiety in dogs Tips forvisiting the vet Information on aging dogs Expert interviews with vets and psychologists And so much more! "Dog owners and those considering becoming one should appreciate Todd's substantial insight into how dogs and humans relate to one another" -Publishers Weekly
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As seen in The New York Times · People · SLATE · Psychology Today

"The must-have guide to improving your dog's life."--Modern Dog Magazine

Whether you are training a new puppy, considering adopting a dog, researching dog breeds, or simply curious about your own dog's happiness, Wag has all the answers--and then some. Respected dog trainer and social psychologist, Zazie Todd, demystifies the inner life of canines and shares recommendations from leading veterinarians, researchers, and trainers to help you cultivate a rewarding and respectful relationship with your dog--which offers many benefits for you, your family, and your four-legged friend

Inside this engaging, practical book, readers will find: A Check List for a Happy Dog Enrichment exercises How to socialize and train a new puppy How to reduce fear and anxiety in dogs Tips for visiting the vet Information on aging dogs Expert interviews with vets and psychologists And so much more! "Dog owners and those considering becoming one should appreciate Todd's substantial insight into how dogs and humans relate to one another"
--Publishers Weekly


Author Notes

Zazie Todd is a social psychologist, certified dog trainer, columnist for Psychology Today, and founder of the popular blog Companion Animal Psychology. An affiliate member of the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior and an adjunct professor at Canisius College, she lives near Vancouver, Canada, with her husband, one dog, and two cats.
Dr. Marty Becker, also known as "America's Veterinarian," is the author of many New York Times bestsellers and serves on the Board of Directors and as Chief Veterinary Correspondent for the American Humane Society.


Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

In this accessible and educational debut about improving dog happiness and welfare, social psychologist and dog trainer Todd expands on themes addressed on her Companion Animal Psychology blog. Early chapters deal with getting a dog and with how to train them, while later sections focus on veterinarian visits, playtime and socialization, and diet, among other topics. Todd interviews a broad selection of experts, from canine scientists, veterinarians, and veterinary behaviorists, to shelter managers and dog trainers. An owner of two dogs--Ghost, a Siberian husky/Alaskan malamute cross, and Bodger, an Australian shepherd--Todd shares personal experiences, as well. On the need to be mindful of individual animals' personalities and temperaments, she recounts realizing Ghost was friendly with other dogs but cool toward people, while Bodger was the opposite. In addition to dispensing tips for pet owners, Todd urges people to think carefully before getting a dog in the first place--do they have enough time and energy, and the right environment into which to bring a new dog? Dog owners and those considering becoming one should appreciate Todd's substantial insight into how dogs and humans relate to one another. (Mar.)


Library Journal Review

Did you know that leisurely walks with lots of sniffing is one of the most satisfying experiences a dog can have? Or that the inaudible (to us) buzz from electronics can hurt their ears? In this focused new title, social psychologist, certified dog trainer, and popular blogger Todd synthesizes studies of animal behavior, developmental anthropology, and cognitive studies by well-respected writers such as Brian Hare, Marty Becker, Ian Dunbar, and Karen Pryor to help dog owners identify the things that make Fido happy, and to use them to create a strong, positive, and respectful bond between owner and pet. The author's evidence-based analysis simplifies the science and reduces essential elements into practical, replicable activities geared toward enriching a dog's life. Todd considers the big picture and includes general information about health matters and developmental stages of life, tying in suggestions designed to help readers provide the happiest life possible for their canine companions. VERDICT Useful in a collection of dog training and health titles; for those who want to focus on the inner life of their dog and make their experiences full of joy.--Susan Riley, Mamaroneck P.L., NY


Table of Contents

Dr. Marty Becker
Forewordp. ix
Introductionp. 1
1 Happy Dogsp. 8
2 Getting a Dogp. 20
3 How Dogs Learnp. 42
4 Motivation and Techniquep. 65
5 The Vet and Groomingp. 81
6 The Social Dogp. 97
7 Dogs and their Peoplep. 111
8 Dogs and Childrenp. 125
9 Time for Walkies!p. 138
10 Enrichmentp. 152
11 Food and Treatsp. 166
12 Sleeping Dogsp. 181
13 Fear and Other Problemsp. 196
14 Seniors and Dogs with Special Needsp. 214
15 The End of Lifep. 226
16 Safe Dogs, Happy Dogsp. 242
Checklist for a Happy Dogp. 249
Notesp. 253
Acknowledgmentsp. 288
Indexp. 290