Companion Animal Psychology News July 2020

Dogs learning to detect COVID-19, cats’ whiskers, and fostering in lockdown… this month’s CAP news.

Companion Animal Psychology News July 2020

By Zazie Todd, PhD

My Favourites This Month

“The question that emerges from this controversy is whether or not whisker stress is real, or just a made up marketing ploy to sell everyone new food dishes for their cats. Finally, science comes to the rescue!” Whisker stress: Science asks if it is real. Great write-up by Dr. Mikel Delgado of some new research on cats’ preferences for eating bowls. The results might not be what you think, but what does your kitty prefer? 
“In fact, many trainers are finding that holding classes and private sessions online via videoconference is more than a stopgap: There are advantages for them, for their clients and for dogs.”  Linda Lombardi on how virtual training can be good for trainers, owners, and dogs.  

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“But as tempting as it may sound to have a furry friend to comfort you these days, there is much to consider before you bring an animal into your home, not the least of which is the fact that animals will forever be dependent on you” What you need to do before bringing home a new pet by Elizabeth Mayhew. 
Different Perspectives. Hannah Branigan’s podcast on the experiences of BIPOC in the dog training industry, with Dr. Eduardo J. Fernandez as moderator and panellists Jio Alcaide, Taylor Barconey, Cecilia Erhabor, and Ayoka Bubar – especially interesting because of the different perspectives from the UK, Canada, and the US.    

Animal Book Club

The Companion Animal Psychology Book Club takes July off, but if you want to get ahead on next month’s book, it’s The Eye of the Trainer by Ken Ramirez. We will be closing to new members again for a while so if you want to join us for this discussion, please sign up soon.

Online Talk Next Week

On 21st July, I will be doing a virtual event for the Hub City Bookshop. Come and hear me read from the book and ask me any questions you have about the writing process or the book itself. The ticket price includes a copy of Wag, and I have sent bookplates and buttons to the store. You can get your ticket here

New Wag Review

“If you’ve ever wondered what your pet is thinking and feeling, this book is a great place to start.” I was thrilled to see Wag reviewed by Wunderdog magazine.

Wag and Wunderdog magazine
There are links to buy Wag (including from your local indie) here

Discount on Merch

Get a 10% discount on all Companion Animal Psychology merch with PR code CAPNEWS, valid until 11.59pm Pacific time on Monday 20th July.

Dogs are Terrific tee
This is the Dogs are TERRIFIC! tee in chocolate brown.
Other designs, including logo tees, are available too.

Support me on Ko-Fi

Ko-Fi supporters help keep Companion Animal Psychology going! Without your support I would not be able to keep bringing you posts about how to care for dogs and cats. 

This month, I’d like to say a big thank you to Sandy Crosby, Dr. Jill Bradshaw, and an anonymous person for your support. You are awesome and I thank you very much!

Here at Companion Animal Psychology

I have an article in the current issue of Modern Dog magazine on what to do if your puppy is crying.

Phew! It’s no wonder I’m tired. I look forward to taking a bit of time off in August.

Animals in Art

Beatrix Potter is well known for her tales about animals. This month, I’m suggesting you take a look at some of the pictures in the Victoria and Albert Museums Beatrix Potter collection. The images are copyright so you’ll have to get there with this link

Look out for the picture of the Lady Mouse curtsying, Lady Rabbit and Gentleman Rabbit, and a very nice cat.

Zazie Todd, PhD, is the best-selling 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.

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