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Introduction Falling for Dogs Learning about Dogs 1 Happy Dogs Spotting a Happy Dog Good Animal Welfare Understanding Canine Behavior The Needs of the Individual Dog The Importance of the Human-Animal Bond 2 Getting a Dog Biology and Loving Dogs How Fashion Affects the Dogs We Choose Animal Welfare and Other Considerations All about Puppies: Socialization Is Key Pet stores and problem behaviors The power of more socialization All about Rescues and Retirees Be realistic about the dog you're getting How to Apply the Science at Home 3 How Dogs Learn An Introduction to Animal Learning Non-associative learning Associative learning Classical conditioning: learning from Pavlov Operant conditioning: learning from Skinner Dog Training: The Link between Training Methods and Behavior The Risks of Electronic Collars The Benefits of Reward-Based Training Puppy classes How to Choose a Good Dog Trainer How to Apply the Science at Home 4 Motivation and Technique Learning about Dog Training Technique What Motivates Dogs: Food, Praise, and Other Rewards Social contact with humans: petting versus praise Should we use a clicker in training? Training Techniques: The Importance of Timing Training Techniques: The Importance of Play How to Apply the Science at Home 5 The Vet and Grooming Reducing Stress at the Vet Using food Should You Spay/Neuter Your Dog? Grooming The Value of a Health Care Community Dental Care How to Apply the Science at Home 6 The Social Dog What Does Play Look Like? The play bow Why Unstructured Play Is Important for Dogs Dog parks Pet siblings: negotiating with other animals The importance of companionship How to Apply the Science at Home 7 Dogs and Their People Dogs and Attachment to Humans Canine Neuroscience and Dogs' Preferences for People and Food Do Dogs Understand Human Emotions? How People and Dogs Interact How to Apply the Science at Home 8 Dogs and Children The Benefits to Dogs of Interacting with Children How to Recognize When a Dog Is Anxious around Children Teaching Children to Interact with Dogs Preparing Dogs to Interact with Children How to Apply the Science at Home 9 Time for Walkies! The Benefits of Walking-for Dogs and Owners The Human Connection in Dog Walking Why Letting the Dog Out in the Yard Is Not a Walk Dog-Related Issues that Affect Dog Walking How to Apply the Science at Home 10 Enrichment The Importance of Enrichment The Value of Sensory Stimulation Dog Sports and the Human-Animal Bond How and Why to Add Enrichment How to Apply the Science at Home 11 Food and Treats What Dogs Can Eat: The Evolution of Modern Metabolism Dogs and Diet The Truth about Treats The Problem of Overweight and Obesity in Pet Dogs A word on predatory behaviour How to Apply the Science at Home 12 Sleeping Dogs What Science Says about Co-sleeping with Dogs Understanding Dogs' Sleep Patterns How Much Sleep Do Dogs Need? The Alertness of Dogs The Role of Sleep The Relationship between Sleep and Learning Why Animals Twitch and Whimper while Sleeping How to Apply the Science at Home 13 Fear and Other Problems Fear Aggression Separation Anxiety Resource Guarding House-Training Issues It's Worth Getting Help How to Apply the Science at Home 14 Seniors and Dogs with Special Needs What Happens to Dogs as They Age? Dogs with Special Needs Making accommodations for hearing and visual impairment Making accommodations for physical impairment How to Apply the Science at Home 15 The End of Life The Lifespan of Dogs Making End-of-Life Decisions Gather evidence Know that decision-making can be difficult Euthanasia: What to Expect Preparing Pets for the Death of a Companion Planning for the Unexpected How to Apply the Science at Home 16 Safe Dogs, Happy Dogs How To Promote Good Animal Welfare Checklist for a Happy Dog Notes Acknowledgments

Promotional Information

Promotion by Todd on her website and in her freelance writing Cross-promotion with animal rights groups and animal shelters Reviews, features, and interviews pitched to national and international media Online and print advertising Promotion at North American trade shows

About the Author

Zazie Todd is a social psychologist, certified dog trainer, and 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, one dog, and two cats. Dr. Marty Becker-also known as "America's Veterinarian"-is the author of multiple New York Times bestsellers and serves on the Board of Directors and as Chief Veterinary Correspondent for the American Humane Society.

Reviews

"The author's evidence-based analysis simplifies the science and reduces essential elements into practical, replicable activities geared toward enriching a dog's life." --Library Journal, Review "Dog owners and those considering becoming one should appreciate Todd's substantial insight into how dogs and humans relate to one another" --Publishers Weekly "Zazie Todd does dogs the immeasurably good favor of taking their happiness seriously. Todd is dialed in to the science of dogs and a thoughtful trainer of dogs. Everything she writes about, you want to know. Wag is a welcome addition to the books geared to helping you help your dog." --Alexandra Horowitz, author of Our Dogs, Ourselves: The Story of a Singular Bond and the New York Times bestseller Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know "[Cutting-edge] science can be hard to get your head around. So thank you Zazie Todd for sorting through it all, making it relevant, and keeping it simple. This is a book your dog will want you to read." --Dr. Mark Evans, former RSPCA vet and TV presenter "Wag will become a benchmark for the way that dogs need to be cared for: as sentient creatures experiencing emotions, just like us. This is a real achievement and it will make a big difference to the lives of dogs and people." --Dr. Pete Wedderburn, veterinarian and author "Wag is a must-read for all dog lovers. An amazing, well-written book that makes canine science easy to understand and apply in a useful manner to improve dogs' lives and the relationship we have with them. The anecdotes about Dr. Todd's dogs are the highlight of the book." --Dr. Wailani Sung, board-certified veterinary behaviorist, San Francisco SPCA "Fortunately for all of us, Dr. Zazie Todd has written a delightful, compact, evidence-based guide to building better partnerships with our dogs and sending more joy their way." --Bronwen Dickey, author of Pit Bull: The Battle over an American Icon "Dog lovers will find this book fascinating, and their pets will be delighted their owners have read it." --Hal Herzog, author of Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat: Why It's So Hard To Think Straight About Animals. "Well-written and packed with great advice, this book could fundamentally change the relationship between you and your dog." --David Grimm, author of Citizen Canine: Our Evolving Relationship with Cats and Dogs "Using the latest canine science, Zazie Todd gives us a clear and compassionate guide to bringing out the best in your dog." --Gregory Berns, New York Times-bestselling author of How Dogs Love Us In reading this book, you will truly benefit from Zazie's impeccable research, sound knowledge and immense love of dogs." --Pam Johnson-Bennett, best-selling author ofThink Like a Cat

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