Why dogs are happier than you: Understanding primary and secondary emotions…

Dogs experience an internal world that is substantially different from the one you and I inhabit. For dogs, the world is comprised of primary experiences, largely undiluted by the cognitions (including worry) and secondary emotions that we humans constantly bathe ourselves in. Let me elaborate. There’s a great Read More …

The Zen of butt-sniffing: What we can learn about psychological wellbeing from dogs…

First up, I’m on holidays at the moment but am going to try to update the blog as often as possible (it might not be quite weekly) – will do my best! Today, I wanted to write about a topic near to my heart: dogs. Read More …

The ‘Blankie’ as Metaphor: Lessons from a Spaniel

I’d like to introduce you to Moose. Moose is a four year-old Springer Spaniel who is fixated on his blankie. He also has a stuffed sheep which, along with his blankie, he uses to regulate his emotions. This fascinates me. So this week I’d like Read More …