Companion Animal Psychology Book Club February 2024


“Thought-provoking. . . . A fresh and rigorous inquiry into how humans can best serve their canine companions. Dog lovers will want to take note.” ― Publishers Weekly

The Animal Book Club 2024 flyer shows dogs with books and the cover of Who's a Good Dog?

By Zazie Todd PhD

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This month, the Animal Book Club is reading Who’s a Good Dog? And How to Be a Better Human by Jessica Pierce. 

From the publisher:

Who’s a Good Dog? is an invitation to nurture more thoughtful and balanced relationships with our canine companions. By deepening our curiosity about what our dogs are experiencing, and by working together with them in a spirit of collaboration, we can become more effective and compassionate caregivers.

With sympathy for the challenges met by both dogs and their humans, bioethicist Jessica Pierce explores common practices of caring for dogs, including how we provide exercise, what we feed, how and why we socialize and train, and how we employ tools such as collars and leashes. She helps us both to identify potential sources of fear and anxiety in our dogs’ lives and to expand practices that provide physical and emotional nourishment. Who’s a Good Dog? also encourages us to think more critically about what we expect of our dogs and how these expectations can set everyone up for success or failure. Pierce offers resources to help us cultivate attentiveness and kindness, inspiring us to practice the art of noticing, of astonishment, of looking with fresh eyes at these beings we think we know so well. And more than this, she makes her findings relatable by examining facets of her relationship with Bella, the dog in her life. As Bella shows throughout, all dogs are good dogs, and we, as humans and dog guardians, could be doing a little bit better to get along with them and give them what they need.”

Who’s a Good Dog? is available from all good bookstores and my Amazon store

The cover of Who's a Good Dog? which is the Feb 2024 choice for the Animal Book Club

The book club is open to subscribers to the Companion Animal Psychology newsletter or substack. Details of how to join are included in your welcome emails.

Before anything else, I need to introduce you to my canine companion Bella
The first sentence of Who’s a Good Dog? by Jessica Pierce

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