Traditionally, models of animal welfare have focused on the prevention of harm. Now that we are used to thinking of dogs and other animals as sentient, it is recognized that good animal welfare also includes positive experiences. So what does this mean for dog trainers and animal behaviorists? This presentation will provide an overview of models of animal welfare and what science tells us about what dogs need – and how providing it can make them happier and less likely to have behavior problems.
The Science of Making Dogs Happy
2:00 pm PT
Zazie Todd, PhD, (she/her) is the author of the BC Bestseller, Wag: The Science of Making Your Dog Happy, which has a foreword by Dr. Marty Becker. She is the creator of the award-winning blog Companion Animal Psychology and has a blog at Psychology Today, Fellow Creatures. Her writing has appeared in Modern Dog, Modern Cat, Inside Your Cat’s Mind, Pacific Standard, The Psychologist, and Reader’s Digest. She is the owner-operator of Blue Mountain Animal Behaviour and is an affiliate member of the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior (AVSAB). She has a PhD in psychology, is an honors graduate of the prestigious Academy for Dog Trainers, and holds a Certificate of Feline Behavior (with Distinction) from International Cat Care. Originally from the United Kingdom, she lives in Maple Ridge, British Columbia, with her husband and two cats.