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Wag: The Science of Making Your Dog Happy. Presented by Dr. Zazie Todd

  • Monday, February 10, 2020
  • 2:00 PM
  • Thursday, February 10, 2022
  • 3:00 PM
  • Recorded Webinar


  • For Doggone safe members
  • PPG member registration
  • A discounted rate for Pet Owner Members
  • Public registration



As dogs are increasingly seen as part of the family, we also want to make them happy. In this exciting webinar, animal behaviour expert Zazie Todd will share insights from her forthcoming book Wag: The Science of Making Your Dog Happy, which features a foreword from none other than Dr. Marty Becker. The webinar will begin by looking at the role of emotions in a dog’s welfare, before sharing fascinating scientific research on dogs – and practical tips you can use with your own or clients’ dogs.

The webinar will cover topics important for dog trainers and dog owners, including reasons to use reward-based training methods, why some enrichment should involve the nose, and why dogs play. As well, we will look at the important role of the owner in providing a secure base for their pet, and why this shows you should comfort a fearful dog (if they want it).

Learning objectives:

  • Understand the role of positive emotions (happiness) in dogs’ welfare
  • Know why it is better to use reward-based training methods
  • Identify ways to apply recent scientific knowledge in puppy socialization and dog training
  • Develop tips for having happier dogs

About The Presenter

Dr. Zazie Todd

Zazie Todd is the creator of Companion Animal Psychology, a blog about how to have happier cats and dogs (according to science). She has a PhD in Psychology, an MFA Creative Writing, and is an honors graduate of the prestigious Academy for Dog Trainers. She takes dogs and cats as clients through her business Blue Mountain Animal Behaviour. She has a Psychology Today blog called Fellow Creatures, and has also written about pets for Pacific Standard, The Psychologist, and Reader’s Digest. Her book, Wag: The Science of Making Your Dog Happy, will be published by Greystone Books in February 2020.

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