The Pawsitive Post in Conversation by Companion Animal Psychology

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

May 03, 2023 Zazie Todd & Kristi Benson Episode 5
The Pawsitive Post in Conversation by Companion Animal Psychology
Pets' names: How we choose them, how we use them, and how to change them
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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)

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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Do pets know other pets' names?
Choosing names for pets
What makes a good name for a pet?
Using pets' names
Heroes month
Purr book event
Books