Women and Pets in Art

Four representations of women and dogs or cats in art from 1820 to 2004.Woman with Shamisen and Cat by Yashima Gakutei, c. 1820s. Art Institute of Chicago.I have been very busy putting the final touches to the second round of substantive edits on my book.So in lieu of a science post, I thought I would share with you these representations of women and dogs or cats in art that I found when browsing the online…

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Fellow Creatures: A New Post

A new post over at my Fellow Creatures blog looks at the responsible use of pets in advertising, and some new guidelines from the British Veterinary Association on what advertisers should (and shouldn't) do. The report calls for advertisers to consider the five welfare needs in what they are depicting.My post is called, Using pets to sell: Responsible use of animals in adverts.(Photo: Daniel Frank/Stocksnap).

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The Posts of the Year 2018

The posts about dogs and cats you liked best in 2018.Photo: Szofia Zsemberi / Shutterstock.comIt’s been another busy year here at Companion Animal Psychology. Highlights including being featured in the Washington Post ('Your dog and cat wish they could tell you this'), being interviewed by Radio New Zealand, and speaking at the BC SPCA’s Animal Behaviour Science Symposium (where it was lovely to meet some readers of this blog).I had the pleasure of interviewing some…

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Animal Lovers Pick Their Favourite Books of 2018

Animal lovers and readers of Companion Animal Psychology share their favourite book about animals that they read in 2018.Photo: Kimrawicz/Shutterstock.comHere are their choices, and what they love about the book they picked. You can find copies of all the books at my Amazon store, https://www.amazon.com/shop/animalbookclub.Kristi Benson, CTC, Dog trainer and owner of Kristi Benson Dog Training; on staff at Academy for Dog Trainers.Animal Weapons: The Evolution of Battle, by Doublas J. Emlen. Illustrated by David J.…

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Companion Animal Psychology News December 2018

The mirror test, what we know about dogs, and some Christmas videos... the latest newsletter from Companion Animal Psychology.Some of my favourites from around the web this month"“There are researchers who, it seems, do not want fish to be included in this secret club,” he said. “Because then that means that the [primates] are not so special anymore.”" A ‘self-aware’ fish raises doubts about a cognitive test by Elizabeth Preston.  “A while ago I saw a…

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Don’t Punish Your Dog for Peeing in the House

Why punishment is the wrong approach for house training mistakes, and what you should do instead.Photo: mannpuku/ShutterstockSuppose your dog suddenly starts to pee in the house. You clean it up the first time but it happens again…. And then again.Or your new puppy keeps having accidents indoors even though you take her outside often.In this situation, some people will yell at their dog. Some might even try physical punishment like hitting the dog or an…

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Fellow Creatures: A New Post

I have a new post at my Psychology Today blog Fellow Creatures about a study that looked at whether a dog walking program has benefits for people with intellectual disabilities who live in supported housing.The results of this exploratory study found there were more friendly interactions with other people when a dog was present. Read more here.Photo: dawnie206/Pixabay

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Dogs, Cats and Humans: The Best Sleep Partner…?

Women whose dog sleeps on the bed report better sleep than those with a human or feline sleeping partner.Photo: Julie Vader/ShutterstockWhether or not pets should be allowed to sleep on the bed is an age-old question. Some worry it will lead to a disturbed night’s sleep, while some old-fashioned dog trainers still claim it will spoil the dog. The latter argument is based on out-dated ideas about dominance and dog training and can be easily…

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