cover image Wag: The Science of Making Your Dog Happy

Wag: The Science of Making Your Dog Happy

Zazie Todd. Greystone, $19.95 trade paper (304p) ISBN 978-1-77164-379-5

In this accessible and educational debut about improving dog happiness and welfare, social psychologist and dog trainer Todd expands on themes addressed on her Companion Animal Psychology blog. Early chapters deal with getting a dog and with how to train them, while later sections focus on veterinarian visits, playtime and socialization, and diet, among other topics. Todd interviews a broad selection of experts, from canine scientists, veterinarians, and veterinary behaviorists, to shelter managers and dog trainers. An owner of two dogs—Ghost, a Siberian husky/Alaskan malamute cross, and Bodger, an Australian shepherd—Todd shares personal experiences, as well. On the need to be mindful of individual animals’ personalities and temperaments, she recounts realizing Ghost was friendly with other dogs but cool toward people, while Bodger was the opposite. In addition to dispensing tips for pet owners, Todd urges people to think carefully before getting a dog in the first place—do they have enough time and energy, and the right environment into which to bring a new dog? Dog owners and those considering becoming one should appreciate Todd’s substantial insight into how dogs and humans relate to one another. (Mar.)