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Episode 250 - Zazie Todd and Shelly Volsche


Released Sat March 26, 2022
Length: 1:43:38
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Zazie Todd

Respected dog trainer and social psychologist Zazie Todd is the author of Wag: The Science of Making Your Dog Happy. She writes a column for Psychology Today and received the prestigious Captain Haggerty Award for Best Training Article in 2017.

In this interview Zazie reveals the some of the steps you can take to make your dog happy, as well as the science which backs up her recommendations. Zazie own dogs feature in and inform her work.

You can stay current with Zazie via her Companion Animal Psychology website and on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Wag is about understanding what your dog needs all the way through from getting a puppy or adopting an adult rescue, right through to having dogs and children, taking your dog for a walk, training them, taking them to the vet, and how to help them as seniors and make those difficult decisions at the end of life.
 - Zazie Todd

Shelly Volsche

Shelly Volsche is a Clinical Assistant Professor at Boise State University in the Department of Anthropology. She is the author of Voluntarily Childfree: Identity and Kinship in the United States.

When the Pope said recently that choosing to have pets instead of children is selfish and diminishes our humanity, it caught Julie's attention. She turned to Shelly to find out more about whether people are turning to pets instead of having human offspring, and
what the factors behind the decision are.

Find out more about Shelly at the Boise State website and her labs page as well as on Twitter.

It's not just a weird Western thing that people are having pets instead of children, or fewer children and pets. It is something that we're seeing in any environment where there's a growing middle class.
 - Shellly Volsche

250 podcasts

DogCast Radio now consists of 250 podcasts, plus video content, article, breed and book reviews and more. In a discussion which gets very emotional, Julie and Jenny look back at nearly 17 years of podcasting, and sharing the love of everything dog. From kickboxing Russian Terriers, to sneezing Bichon Frises, to encounters with Wolves, to being in the main arena of Crufts with Buddy, DogCast Radio has been a wonderful adventure.

Here's to many more adventures - and meeting many more dogs and their people.


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