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Wag: The Science of Making Your Dog Happy

Greystone. Mar. 2020. 304p. ISBN 9781771643795. pap. $19.95. PETS
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Did you know that leisurely walks with lots of sniffing is one of the most satisfying experiences a dog can have? Or that the inaudible (to us) buzz from electronics can hurt their ears? In this focused new title, social psychologist, certified dog trainer, and popular blogger Todd synthesizes studies of animal behavior, developmental anthropology, and cognitive studies by well-respected writers such as Brian Hare, Marty Becker, Ian Dunbar, and Karen Pryor to help dog owners identify the things that make Fido happy, and to use them to create a strong, positive, and respectful bond between owner and pet. The author’s evidence-based analysis simplifies the science and reduces essential elements into practical, replicable activities geared toward enriching a dog’s life. Todd considers the big picture and includes general information about health matters and developmental stages of life, tying in suggestions designed to help readers provide the happiest life possible for their canine companions.
VERDICT Useful in a collection of dog training and health titles; for those who want to focus on the inner life of their dog and make their experiences full of joy.

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