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The Companion Animal Psychology Posts of the Yr 2022

The 12 months in overview at Companion Animal Psychology and the preferred canine and cat posts of 2022. 

A ginger cat snuggles on a blanket by a window with snow-covered trees outside
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It’s at all times enjoyable to look again on the 12 months and see which posts had been the preferred. For me, the spotlight of the 12 months was the publication of my second guide Purr: The Science of Making Your Cat Glad. Thanks to everybody who has supported the guide together with everybody within the Purr Occasion. It’s been particularly good to obtain notes of thanks from readers for the guidelines included in Purr and to see images of individuals’s cats with the guide. 

Melina the cat at the top of her cat tree with a copy of Purr
Melina with a replica of Purr

This 12 months I used to be fortunate to publish some fantastic visitor posts by Dr. Katherine CroninKoltan Nelson;  and Izzy Swanston, Sienna Taylor, and Ben Brilot. I’m delighted that two of those have made it into the 12 months’s prime 10.

A copy of Purr and one of Wag on Keith Baldrey's bookshelf on Global BC in December 2022
A duplicate of Purr (and look carefully, Wag too!) on Keith Baldrey’s bookshelf on International BC Information on 2 Dec 2022

Kristi Benson, Particular Correspondent, has written some wonderful items each right here and for The Pawsitive Submit, the place she additionally offered two enjoyable and informative webinars. I’m thrilled {that a} very particular piece that she wrote has made it into the highest 10 (see under). 

Companion Animal Psychology celebrated its tenth anniversary this 12 months. It’s an enormous milestone and I really feel very fortunate to nonetheless have the ability to weblog in any case this time. That’s thanks largely to everybody who has supported the weblog whether or not by being on my electronic mail record, sharing posts, and supporting me on Ko-fi, by way of The Pawsitive Submit, or by shopping for merch. Thanks a lot to your help!

As a part of the anniversary celebrations, Kristi Benson, Lili Chin, and Sassafras Lowrey joined me for Studying Cats and Canines, a web-based occasion that just about 500 individuals attended. In the event you weren’t certainly one of them, you possibly can catch the recording on Youtube.  

As at all times, I’ve completed many media interviews, too many to share right here. Certainly one of my favorite items from this 12 months that I’m quoted in is that this one in The Atlantic by Katherine J. Wu about purring is a love language no human can communicate, not least as a result of my tabby cat Harley will get a point out. As effectively, I beloved talking with Radio New Zealand’s Jim Mora about comfortable cats, extra on cats, how we all know your canine loves you, and extra canines. One other favorite was North by Northwest with Sheryl MacKay on CBC radio (hear for my interview beginning on the 53 minute mark).  

And The Animal E book Membership had enjoyable studying one other 10 books this 12 months.  

The canine and cat posts of the 12 months

These had been the highest posts of the 12 months on Companion Animal Psychology:

10. David and Patrick’s fairy story land of kindness may very well be our present to canines (Kristi Benson, Particular Correspondent)  

9. CAP10 canine coaching and behavior recommendation from the consultants  

8. What do canines need? Social decisions and assorted breeding for higher welfare (on analysis by Meyer et al 2022)

7. Are scent work courses the brand new type of enrichment to your canine (Izzy Swanston, Sienna Taylor, and Ben Brilot)  

6. Upcoming occasions at The Pawsitive Submit  

5. The useful resource guarding indicators to observe for in canines  

4. Staying secure: Administration for fearful canines  

3. Scientists shocked to study that cats are freeloaders (Dr. Katherine Cronin)  

2. Manners, cues, administration, and the language of a greater relationship with canines  

1. Why does your cat rub their head on you?  

The highest posts at my Psychology In the present day weblog, Fellow Creatures, had been:

3. Learn how to inform in case your pet truly desires you to pet them  

2. 2 methods to make a cat happier  

1. 10 issues individuals shouldn’t do to their cats  

Probably the most-viewed recording of The Pawsitive Submit in Dialog was episode 6 on the advantages of methods coaching for canines and cats with Erica Beckwith of A Matter of Manners Canine Coaching.  

Despite the fact that The Pawsitive Submit is coming to an finish, Kristi and I’ve determined that we are going to proceed to file these conversations. We’ve got some thrilling visitors already lined up for early subsequent 12 months.

Wishing you all the perfect for a cheerful, wholesome, and all-round-fabulous 2023.


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