The Pawsitive Post in Conversation by Companion Animal Psychology

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

May 03, 2023 Zazie Todd & Kristi Benson Episode 4
The Pawsitive Post in Conversation by Companion Animal Psychology
What's changed for pets--and what still needs to change with Jean Donaldson
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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

About the co-hosts:

Kristi Benson is an honours graduate of the prestigious Academy for Dog Trainers and has her PCBC-A from the Pet Professional Accreditation Board. She lives in beautiful northern British Columbia, where she helps dog guardians through online teaching and consultations. Kristi is on staff at the Academy for Dog Trainers, helping to shape the next generation of canine professionals. Kristi’s dogs are rescue sled dogs, mostly retired and thoroughly enjoying a good snooze in front of the woodstove.

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Zazie Todd, PhD, is the award-winning author of Wag: The Science of Making Your Dog Happy and Purr: The Science of Making Your Cat Happy. She is the creator of the popular blog, Companion Animal Psychology, and also has a column at Psychology Today. Todd lives in Maple Ridge, BC, with her husband, one dog, and one cat.

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10 years of CAP
The Academy for Dog Trainers
Dog Training 101
What's changed for pets
What still needs to change
Books