Avid reader that I am, I am always on the hunt for a new book that gets my attention. Zazie Todd PhD has written such a book! Wag: The Science of Making Your Dog Happy is a fun, interesting read and don’t let the science part scare you. Zazie has read the science papers and interviewed the scientists, so you can just read her book!
Dogs are our companions; domesticated, bred, and selected to share their lives with us. Should we care if they are happy? Zazie makes a great case in the dog’s favor with plenty of scientifically based information. Wag: The Science of Making Our Dogs Happy will have a varied audience, but I believe it of extra valuable to those thinking about adding a dog to their lives; the perfect time to learn what makes a dog happy. Dr. Todd covers a bunch:interviewing breeders, adoption, breed specific concerns, training, vet care, dog to dog socialization, nutrition, even dreaming.
I would like to share what I felt were some of her key points. Guess what? dogs do dream, probably not while they are moving their feet and whimpering, but when they are quietly sleeping and they are most likely dreaming of us, their special people. That makes me smile! Dogs should be well exercised; mentally as well as physically. Socializing with other dogs is not necessary for all dogs since some don’t care for the interaction. Other dogs, similarly, to some people I know, thrive off social interaction with their own kind. Veterinary care is an important part of maintaining your dog’s health, so assisting your dog in learning to give permission for grooming and routine health care interventions makes for a happier dog plus lowers the owner’s stress. Seeking a Fear Free clinic is a bonus. Check this out at:www.fearfreepets.com These are just a few of the topics included in this new book. Wag: The Science of Making OurDogs Happy will become one of my go-to books to recommend to those interested in adding a dog to their lives. Yes, it is our important obligation to do what we can to make our dogs