The Pawsitive Post in Conversation by Companion Animal Psychology

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

May 26, 2023 Zazie Todd & Kristi Benson Episode 9
The Pawsitive Post in Conversation by Companion Animal Psychology
How much grooming do dogs need and how can you do their nails with Jane Wolff
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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

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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 g

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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Grooming dogs
Talking to people about grooming
Finding a groomer
Doing dogs' nails
The Start From Scratch course
Webinars about happy dogs and cats
Books