• Wag

  • The Science of Making Your Dog Happy
  • By: Zazie Todd
  • Narrated by: Marlie Collins
  • Length: 7 hrs and 36 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (11 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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"The must-have guide to improving your dog's life." (Modern Dog Magazine)

Whether you are training a new puppy, considering adopting a dog, researching dog breeds, or simply curious about your own dog's happiness and behavior, Wag has all the answers - and then some. Respected dog trainer and social psychologist Zazie Todd demystifies the inner life of canines and shares recommendations from leading veterinarians, researchers, and trainers to help you cultivate a rewarding and respectful relationship with your dog - which offers many benefits for you, your family, and your four-legged friend.

Inside this engaging, practical book, listeners will find:

  • A checklist for a happy dog
  • Enrichment exercises
  • How to socialize and train a new puppy
  • How to reduce fear and anxiety in dogs 
  • Tips for visiting the vet
  • Information on aging dogs
  • Expert interviews with vets and psychologists
  • And so much more!

“Dog owners and those considering becoming one should appreciate Todd’s substantial insight into how dogs and humans relate to one another." (Publishers Weekly)

©2020 Zazie Todd (P)2021 Greystone Books

Critic Reviews

“The author’s evidence-based analysis simplifies the science and reduces essential elements into practical, replicable activities geared toward enriching a dog’s life.” (Library Journal, starred review)

“Zazie Todd does dogs the immeasurably good favor of taking their happiness seriously. Todd is dialed in to the science of dogs and a thoughtful trainer of dogs. Everything she writes about, you want to know. Wag is a welcome addition to the books geared to helping you help your dog.” (Alexandra Horowitz, author of Our Dogs, Ourselves: The Story of a Singular Bond and the New York Times best seller Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know

“[Cutting-edge] science can be hard to get your head around. So thank you Zazie Todd for sorting through it all, making it relevant, and keeping it simple. This is a book your dog will want you to read.” (Dr. Mark Evans, former RSPCA vet and TV presenter) 

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Great Book & Every Dog Person should read/hear

A wonderful book! It gives modern science on our canine friends & reminds us that our life with our dogs is not just about us!

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Grams always said to keep negative to yourself. So I will just say that I feel like much of this book would turn people off of pet ownership, or make them feel bad or guilty because they could not live up to the perfection the author requires to have a "happy pet dog". I myself have 1 rescue dog who after 6 yrs is just coming to terms with being in public without having a complete panic meltdown. He still is much happier at home with our other rescue dogs.

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Great for all dog people

This book has something for seasoned pros but is easy enough for new dog owners to utilize as well. I wish it were required reading!

Only thing I wish were different is the narrator's pacing, emphasis and proper pronunciation of some words. (For example it's snih-FAH-ree, like safari, not SNIFF-uh-ree.)

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  • abigail wagstaff
  • 12-27-21

if you love your dog then read this book

another must read for all dog owners and dog lovers. with upto date modern research based ways to ensure owners can help give their dogs the best life.