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The Pawsitive Post in Conversation by Companion Animal Psychology

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The show about how to have a better relationship with your dog or cat. Get tips on dog and cat behaviour and training, learn about the science on dogs and cats, and find out which books we're reading (animal-related and more generally). Hosted by Zazie Todd PhD and Kristi Benson CTC of Companion Animal Psychology blog.

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Canada

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The show about how to have a better relationship with your dog or cat. Get tips on dog and cat behaviour and training, learn about the science on dogs and cats, and find out which books we're reading (animal-related and more generally). Hosted by Zazie Todd PhD and Kristi Benson CTC of Companion Animal Psychology blog.

Language:

English


Episodes

Using social media to help dogs with Jennifer Malawey

12/20/2023
Zazie and Kristi are joined by TikTok star Jennifer Malawey (Dizzy Dancing Dog) who shares her secrets about how to us social media to help dogs. Jennifer Malawey has a CTC from the Academy for Dog Trainers andis a Certified SA Pro trainer who works on separation anxiety cases. She also puts out fantastic content on dog training on her social media and Youtube. She joined us to chat about how we can use social media to help people learn about dogs and dog training. Jennifer talks about how she comes up with ideas for content creation, and how much work it is to put a video together. We learn what she thinks are the most important things to get across about dog training. And we all know that social media can have its downsides, but we ask Jennifer about what she finds most rewarding about it. We also get her tips for getting more engagement on social media. Then we chat about the books we're reading. This episode, we recommend: All the Devils Are Here: A Novel (Chief Inspector Gamache Book 16) by Louise Penny. Why Fish Don't Exist: A Story of Loss, Love, and the Hidden Order of Life by Lulu Miller. The Invention of the Modern Dog: Breed and Blood in Victorian Britain by Michael Worboys, Julie-Marie Strange, and Neil Pemberton. About Jennifer Malawey CTC: Jennifer Malawey is a dog-trainer-turned-content-creator. She currently works with Instinct Portland as a behavior consultant and social media manager, as well as partnering with brands in the pet space and doodling on her own TikTok channel. When she’s not working or lovin’ on her dogs (Dizzy, Keely, and Pizza), she can be found in her garden, on the lindy hop dance floor, or in a book. Follow her on social: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jennifermalawey/ Tiktok: https://www.tiktok.com/@dizzydancingdog Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/@JenniferMalawey

Duration:00:37:35

Victoria Schade, Unleashed Holiday, and delightful romcoms with dogs

9/13/2023
Zazie and Kristi chat with Victoria Schade, dog trainer and author of delightful romcoms, about her upcoming book Unleashed Holiday. We learn about the Puppy Bowl and Victoria's involvement in it as lead animal wrangler, and how she made the move to writing, first with nonfiction books about dog training and then to romcoms. We chat about how Victoria's books include real-life issues, and how she juggles the 'educator' and 'entertainer' hats. Victoria’s upcoming book, Dog Friendly, will be released on September 17th. The main character is a vet, and Victoria tells us how she went about researching the life of a vet so that she could get the details right. Zazie and Kristi wonder if any of the dogs in Victoria's books are based on real animals that she has known, and get her tips for writing about dogs. Then we ask about her book Unleashed Holiday. If you’re in the US you have the chance to win an advance reader copy of the book. Finally we chat about the books we're reading. Enter the competition to win an advance reader copy of Unleashed Holiday here: https://www.facebook.com/companionanimalpsychology/posts/pfbid025Q1JP5mxZj3H53nb6jCuC7qsXYLtR2zCKcUV1npCPwLeF3tMKme7r815zauc9qrfl You can watch some highlights from the Puppy Bowl here: https://youtu.be/aCIxotfhQ24 The books we're reading Poppy in the Wild by Teresa J. Rhyne Dog Friendly and Who Rescued Who, both by Victoria Schade The Book of Silver Linings by Nan Fischer

Duration:00:31:14

Cat Husbandry: How to Groom Your Cat, Trim Nails, Get Scratching Posts, and Give Meds

8/15/2023
In this episode we chat about how to groom your cat and how to deal with mats, as well as how to trim your cat’s nails. We discuss the many reasons why it’s important not to “declaw” your cat and how it’s really like an amputation. Scratching is a natural behavior for cats and we talk about the kind of post to provide to keep your cat happy. We also discuss the tricky topic of how to give meds to your cats, including pilling, towel-wrapping, and tricks to make meds easier. Along the way we share stories about our own cats and of course a few tips for dogs as well. At the end we chat about the books we’re reading. Purr: The Science of Making Your Cat Happy by Zazie Todd is available from all good bookstores. All of the books mentioned in the episode are available from my Amazon store. https://www.amazon.com/shop/animalbookclub The Paw Project: Cats’ paws need their claws BC’s 2018 ban on declawing cats was good news for cats, study shows What kind of scratching post do cats prefer? Caring for a diabetic cat gets easier with time, study shows How to give your cat an insulin injection (iCatCare) How to train your cat to use an asthma inhaler Teach any cat AeroKat (iCatCare) How to clip your cat’s claws (iCatCare) Two people giving a cat a pill (iCatCare) Medicating tips and tricks (Fundamentally Feline) Comfort cats in a towel wrap (Dr. Sophia Yin) Fresh and Fearless: Basic Grooming Made Easy (Kristi Benson) The Books Kristi’s recommendation is Red, White and Royal Blue: A Novel by Casey McQuiston. Zazie recommends Unbroken: My Fight for Survival, Hope, and Justice for Indigenous Women and Girls by Angela Sterritt. The books are available from all good bookstores and the Companion Animal Psychology Amazon store. https://www.amazon.com/shop/animalbookclub

Duration:00:37:45

Enrichment for cats and writing about dogs and cats with Sassafras Lowrey

7/4/2023
Kristi and Zazie are joined by author Sassafras Lowrey to talk about her latest book, Claw This Journal, which is full of fun tips for activities to do with your cat. We learn about how Sassafras's cat Thing came into her life and why she wrote this book. We talk about enrichment for cats, and how it's important to tailor it for individual cats. We also discuss what our cats would get Best in Show prizes for. We also chat about her book for young dog lovers, Jillian at the Junior Showcase. As well, we chat about the writing life and get Sassafras's tips for aspiring writers. Finally, we chat about the books we're reading. Reading Cats and Dogs: Watch Sassafras Lowrey, Zazie Todd, and Lili Chin in conversation with Kristi Benson about their books here: https://youtu.be/f_BQ7URuT4g About Sassafras Lowrey: Sassafras Lowrey is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA), Certified Trick Dog Instructor (CTDI), AKC CGC/Trick Dog Evaluator and AKC FIT DOG Instructor. Sassafras' dog training books include Tricks In The City and Chew This Journal. Sassafras is an author and multimedia educator who writes regularly about dog training for leading national publications. Sassafras' dog training articles have regularly appeared in leading dog magazines like Dogster, The Bark, Modern Dog, and with The American Kennel Club as well as mainstream publications including WIRED, Apartment Therapy and The New York Times. Website: https://sassafraslowrey.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sassafraslowrey Twitter: https://twitter.com/sassafraslowrey Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sassafraslowrey/ The books we chat about: On Animals by Susan Orlean Doomsday with my Dog by Yu Ishihara Comparative Animal Behavior by Richard Maier Bad Cree by Jessica Johns. The books are available from all good bookstores and the Companion Animal Psychology Amazon store: https://www.amazon.com/shop/animalbookclub

Duration:00:34:22

Teaching recall and stopping dogs from getting lost with Maria Karunungan

5/31/2023
It’s surprisingly common for newly-adopted dogs to get lost, and for any dog to go missing at some point in their lives, even if only for a moment. How can we stop dogs from getting lost? We chat with Maria Karunungan of Fetch the Leash in Burlington, Vermont, about the steps dog guardians can take to prevent their dog from getting lost. From the best treats to use when teaching dogs to come when called, the prevention strategies all dog guardians should use, to special steps to take when your dog is new to you, this episode is packed with tips. Kristi shares the heart-stopping story of when one of her dogs went missing, long before she became a dog trainer. And we also ask Maria for tips for dog trainers on how to work with clients, based on her background in multicultural education. At the end, we chat about the books we’re reading. The books we chat about: A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin Zoo by Ogden Nash Book Lovers by Emily Henry The books are available from all good bookstores and Companion Animal Psychology's Amazon store . About Maria Karunungan: Maria is the owner of Fetch the Leash in Burlington, Vermont. She is an honors graduate of the Academy for Dog Trainers, a PCBC-A from the Pet Professional Guild and she is a Certified Separation Anxiety Trainer. Maria also has a Ph.D. in educational research from Emory University, and an undergraduate degree in music from Yale University. Maria’s experience also includes working with a wide range of shelter animals at various shelters in Northern California. Fetch the Leash website: https://www.fetchtheleash.biz/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fetchtheleash Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/fetch_the_leash/

Duration:00:32:59

How much grooming do dogs need and how can you do their nails with Jane Wolff

5/26/2023
We talk about how much grooming dogs need, whether they have short fur or long fur, and why it’s important to stay on top of it. We chat about the research that shows that dogs can find grooming stressful, and the training we can do to make it easier. It's so important to go at the dog's pace. A lot of people find doing their dog’s nails a chore, and Jane has just released a free course, Start From Scratch , that shows you how to train your dog to do their own nails using a scratch board. Finally, we talk about what we’re reading right now. Fresh and Fearless: Basic Grooming Made Easy Start From Scratch: Nail Scratchboard Class for Dogs Fear Free Groomer Certification Fear Free Directory Purr: The Science of Making Your Cat Happy by Zazie Todd will be out in paperback on June 6th. The hardback is out now. How To Have a Happy Dog webinar How To Have a Happy Cat webinar Subscribe to the Companion Animal Psychology newsletter here The books we chat about Sentient: How Animals Illuminate the Wonder of Our Human Senses by Jackie Higgins. All That She Carried: The Journey of Ashley’s Sack, a Black Family Keepsake by Tiya Miles. How To Tell If Your Cat is Plotting to Kill You by The Oatmeal and Matthew Inman. The Leopard by Giuseppe Tomasi Di Lampedusa. The books are available from all good bookstores and Companion Animal Psychology’s Amazon store . About Jane Wolff: Jane Wolff is the co-owner of Good Wolff Dog Training in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She specializes in treating separation anxiety and is a Certified Separation Anxiety Trainer (CSAT). She also graduated with honours from the Academy for Dog Trainers (CTC) and is certified through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers as a CPDT-KA. She has been working with dogs professionally since 2014 and loves working with dogs and their people. Website: https://www.goodwolff.com/ Facebook Instagram

Duration:00:43:42

Understanding resource guarding in dogs and how to fix it with Lisa Skavienski

5/23/2023
Resource Guarding in Dogs We talk with Lisa about what resource guarding is and the body language that you should look for to spot it. People often have an emotional response to resource guarding—it can be a shock if your dog growls at you—and we talk about why you shouldn’t punish the growl and how to deal with those completely normal feelings. We discuss how to fix resource guarding issues and why aversive methods are not the answer. Kristi and Zazie both share stories about their own dogs’ resource guarding behaviour, and we also talk about how to prevent it in the first place. Finally, we talk about the books we are reading right now. Lisa Skavienski is the owner of Dog Educated in Rochester, NY, where she specializes in classes, workshops, and private consultation for dog owners. She is deeply invested in animal welfare, participating at the local community level, as well as holding a seat on the Pet Professional Guild’s Shelter and Rescue Committee. Lisa studied with behavior expert Jean Donaldson at the highly acclaimed Academy for Dog Trainers. She is also a Certified Separation Anxiety Trainer and Fear free certified. Facebook Instagram The books: Zazie Todd's Wag: The Science of Making Your Dog Happy and her upcoming book Shiver. An Immense World: How Animal Senses Reveal the Hidden Realms Around Us by Ed Yong was the Animal Book Club’s choice for February and March. The Book of Hope: A Survival Guide for Trying Times (Global Icons Series) by Jane Goodall and Douglas Abrams with Gail Hudson. The Roller Derby Blueprint by Scott Meyer. Still I Cannot Save You by Kelly S. Thompson. Read highlights of the chat here.

Duration:00:49:53

The importance of kindness in dog training with Jane Wolff

5/11/2023
Kindness in dog training We talk with Jane about the importance of kindness in dog training, both kindness to dogs and kindness to people. We begin by talking about the most important ways to be kind to dogs. Jane specializes in working with clients whose dogs have separation anxiety, and we also talk about how to help people deal with this tricky issue without leaving their dog alone for any longer than they are okay with. We also chat about Jane’s social justice work, and how that informs her dog training too. And in the final section we talk about the books we are reading right now. About Jane Wolff: Jane Wolff is the co-owner of Good Wolff Dog Training in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She specializes in treating separation anxiety and is a Certified Separation Anxiety Trainer (CSAT). She also graduated with honours from the Academy for Dog Trainers (CTC) and is certified through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers as a CPDT-KA. She has been working with dogs professionally since 2014 and loves working with dogs and their people. Facebook Instagram Fresh and Fearless: Basic Grooming Made Easy, the course by Jane available on Kristi's website. Pet Pals Mutual Aid Books Wonderdog: The Science of Dogs and Their Unique Friendship with Humans by Jules Howard is the Animal Book Club’s choice for November. Pit Bull: The Battle over an American Icon by Bronwen Dickey. Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel. Invisible Boy: A Memoir of Self-Discovery by Harrison Mooney.

Duration:00:47:28

The benefits of tricks training for dogs and cats with Erica Beckwith

5/5/2023
Training Tricks with Your Dog (and Cat) Teaching tricks to your dog is fun and cute, and a great way to improve the human-animal bond. Plus, you get to show off how adorable your pet is. Erica Beckwith is the talented tricks trainer behind A Matter of Manners Dog Training, where she does behaviour consults for dogs and cats and runs online classes to teach a variety of tricks including peekaboo, sit pretty, chorus line kicks, and how to take a selfie with your dog. Kristi Benson and I spoke to Erica about why she loves teaching tricks, where she finds the motivation to spend time working on tricks with her dogs, and what her favourite tricks are. As well, we get some tips on how to train your dog so that you can get a better selfie with them, and the things to consider when teaching tricks to your cat. In news, Kristi’s courses now have CEUs available and there are some new courses coming soon. And Zazie will be teaching Making Pets Happy: The Role of Positive Experiences in Good Animal Welfare for the IAABC Foundation. Plus, of course, in the final section we share the books we are reading right now. About Erica Beckwith: Erica Beckwith of A Matter of Manners Dog Training in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Erica is an amazing positive reinforcement trainer who first got into dogs as a volunteer at Busan Abandoned Pet Sanctuary in South Korea. After moving back to America, Erica studied at the prestigious Academy for Dog Trainers where she got her CTC. Erica is also a CBCC-KA and a Fear Free certified professional. Erica loves cats too, and earlier this year she graduated with a certificate in Advanced Feline behaviour for Cat Professionals with Distinction from International Cat Care. Website: A Matter of Manners Facebook Instagram The schedule of Erica’s online tricks classes is here . See Erica’s dogs (including Ruckus and the trumpet) in the video Yes Sir, That’s My Baby from The Academy for Dog Trainers. Kristi Benson’s website and courses . Making pets happy: The role of positive experiences in good animal welfare. IAABC Foundation, 24 September 2022, 1:00-4:10pm PDT. The free Companion Animal Psychology newsletter. The books we chat about: Bitch: On The Female of the Species by Lucy Cooke is the Animal Book Club choice. Learn more about the Animal Book Club . I’ve Got You Under My Skin by Mary Higgins Clark. Warriors: Into the Wild by Erin Hunter (Author), Dave Stevenson (Illustrator) The Cat Who Saved Books: A Novel by Sosuke Natsukawa, translated by Louise Heal Kawai. The books are available from all good bookstores and Companion Animal Psychology’s Amazon store: https://www.amazon.com/shop/animalbookclub

Duration:00:42:11

How to counter misinformation about dogs and cats with truth sandwiches

5/3/2023
we talk about countering misinformation about dogs and cats with truth sandwiches. We run through some myths about dog training and cat behaviour, talk about why they are wrong, and figure out some truth sandwiches to help correct the misinformation. We consider: why it’s wrong to take a dominance approach to dog training why we should use positive reinforcement rather than punishment in dog training the myth that dogs should just fit into our lives and why cats need to scratch. We also talk about the (then) upcoming Management Month at the Academy for Dog Trainers, which is all about celebrating how you can sometimes use management instead of training to solve dog behaviour issues. As part of Companion Animal Psychology’s tenth anniversary celebrations, you can come to Reading Cats and Dogs: A Conversation with Lili Chin, Sassafras Lowrey, and Zazie Todd. The three authors will be reading from their books (Doggie Language, Chew This Journal, and Purr: The Science of Making Your Cat Happy) and in conversation with Kristi Benson. Plus, in our regular slot at the end of the conversation, Kristi and I talk about the books we’re reading right now.

Duration:00:44:58

What's changed for pets--and what still needs to change with Jean Donaldson

5/3/2023
The Pawsitive Post In Conversation Ep 4 with special guest Jean Donaldson. #CAP10. Zazie and Kristi are joined by Jean Donaldson, one of the world's top dog trainers, founder of the Academy for Dog Trainers, and author of Culture Clash. Zazie, Kristi, and Jean talk about what's changed for dogs over the last ten years: the move to reward-based dog training methods, increased enrichment, better education of pet guardians, and fear free veterinary care. As well, they talk about the changes they would still like to see happen. They also talk about Dog Training 101, a 24-lesson course that Jean wrote for The Great Courses, and what students can expect from The Academy for Dog Trainers. In the final section, they share the books they are reading right now. Academy for Dog Trainers: https://www.academyfordogtrainers.com/ The Great Courses: https://www.thegreatcourses.com/ (put 'dog' in the search bar and Dog Training 101 will come up) Kristi Benson: http://www.kristibenson.com/ Companion Animal Psychology: https://www.companionanimalpsychology.com/ Books: Life's Edge: The Search for What it Means to Be Alive by Carl Zimmer The Anglo Saxons: A History of the Beginnings of England: 400-1066 by Marc Morris Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning by Peter C. Brown, Henry L. Roediger III, and Mark A. McDaniel Alfabet/Alphabet: A Memoir of a First Language by Sadiqa de Meijer Companion Animal Psychology's Amazon store: https://www.amazon.com/shop/animalbookclub

Duration:00:47:41

Pets' names: How we choose them, how we use them, and how to change them

5/3/2023
Episode 5 of The Pawsitive Post in Conversation sees Zazie and Kristi talk about the names we give our pets. We chat about how we choose them, what makes a good name, how we use our pets' names, how to change a pet's name, and whether they know their own and each other's names. As well, we talk about the books the book club is reading right now and our own choices of books we love. (There may be some spoilers in this discussion). Pet cats know their fellow cats' names, study shows (Psychology Today) Our heroes by Jean Donaldson and Kristi Benson (The Academy for Dog Trainers) Books: Fuzz: When Nature Breaks the Law by Mary Roach Purr: The Science of Making Your Cat Happy by Zazie Todd Plenty in Life is Free: Reflections on Dogs, Training and Finding Grace by Kathy Sdao Happiness: A Novel by Aminatta Forna Heroes Month is taking place at the Academy for Dog Trainers in June 2022. (On Facebook)

Duration:00:34:56

Good habits and resolutions for dog and cat guardians and writers

5/2/2023
We talk about New Year's Resolutions, habits that are a good idea for pet guardians, helping dogs and cats cope with winter, grooming dogs and cats, writing habits, and what we're reading right now. The books mentioned: A Dog's World: Imagining the Lives of dogs in a World Without Humans by Jessice Pierce and Marc Bekoff The Sleep Solution: Why Your Sleep is Broken and How to Fix It by W. Chris Winter How to Pronounce Knife by Souvankham Thammavongsa

Duration:00:35:35

Genius dogs and talking dogs

5/2/2023
We chat about the Genius Dog Challenge, where scientists are finding dogs who know a lot of words, and Stella the dog who learned to use buttons to communicate. We also talk about the words and behaviours our own dogs and cats know--and the behaviours we think are important for every pet to know. Kristi tells us about her courses for people who need help with their dog jumping up or housetraining. And finally we chat about the books we're reading.

Duration:00:42:40

Introduction to The Pawsitive Post in Conversation

5/2/2023
Meet Zazie Todd and Kristi Benson, the hosts of The Pawsitive Post in Conversation, as they chat about dogs and cats. This podcast is for anyone who wants to learn more about how to have a better relationship with their dog or cat. We'll focus on dog and cat behaviour and training. Whether you are a dog person or a cat person, there will be something for you to enjoy. We chat about how we first met via The Academy for Dog Trainers and the expertise that we bring to this topic, as well as what to expect from future episodes. Everything we do is infused by a few core principles. Reward-based training methods are effective and better for dog and cat welfare. Management is often a part of the solution for behaviour issues. And enrichment helps to ensure that we're meeting our dogs' and cats' needs. Towards the end of each show we will be sharing the books we're reading, as well as the book choices of the Animal Book Club, which can be about dogs, cats, or other animals--including humans. When we have special guests, they will also share with us what they are reading. The book recommendations can be any kind of book--not just nonfiction, but fiction, poetry, graphic novels... whichever books we happen to love. You can learn more about Zazie at https://www.companionanimalpsychology.com/ (which is also where you'll find the show notes) and about Kristi (including her online courses) at http://www.kristibenson.com/

Duration:00:11:33