Contributors: Pia Salk

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Meet Dr. Pia Salk

Dr. Pia Salk is a psychologist, animal welfare advocate, and expert on the human-animal bond. Pia frequently highlights the important role that animals play in our lives and how our societal treatment of animals conveys important messages to our youth. In her own work, Pia often credits the animals as being "the real therapists."

Pia is also a writer and the spokesperson for Adopt-A-Pet.com, North America's largest non-profit pet adoption website. She is a professor in the area of diversity and family systems and a frequent guest on national radio programs, speaking on such topics as companion animals being important members of the family. Her extensive involvement in animal rescue efforts and her expertise on animal welfare have been featured on many national shows including The Martha Stewart Show.

Pia is the niece of polio vaccine developer Jonas Salk and daughter of bestselling author and psychologist Lee Salk. She resides in Los Angeles, California, with her multiple adopted animals.

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Training Humans 101- Special Topics: Silliness

Training Humans 101- Special Topics: Silliness

Posted by Pia

Welcome to this week’s lecture. As a reminder, My name is Dr. Minnow Salk. I am with you on my sabbatical, taking over this summer course for Dr. Pia. Today’s topic- Silliness: A critical look at human silliness deficit disorder (HSDD)- is no laughing matter. The human ability to exhibit …

Training Humans 101-Special Topics: Resourcefulness

Training Humans 101-Special Topics: Resourcefulness

Posted by Pia

Welcome to Lecture 3. We have completed the overview portion of our course and will now delve into Special Topics- a more specific, in-depth exploration of important skills that non-human animals need to teach their humans. Please turn your attention to this week’s ‘Paw Point’ Presentation. Today’s special topic: Resourcefulness
Please be sure to submit …

Training Humans 101- Lecture 2

Training Humans 101- Lecture 2

Posted by Pia

Welcome to Lecture 2…
You can relax as we will not be having a quiz today. Please turn your attention to the ‘Paw Point’ Presentation below for more examples of the companion animal approach to teaching their humans…
Please be sure to email me your first essay assignments by class time next week (pia@drpiasalk.com). Details can …

Training Humans 101- Lecture 1

Training Humans 101- Lecture 1

Posted by Pia

While we are often programmed to think that we humans are the ones shaping the minds of our fur kids- much of the time, it is just the opposite. Our animal companions are actually quite brilliant teachers-many are in fact tenured at Ivy League Dog Parks across the nation. The canine approach to …

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Moth-er- v. 1. moth·ered 2. moth·er·ing

Posted by Pia

Lately I find myself using the word, “mother,” more as a verb than as a noun. As I get to witness my own fur kids nurture my frail mother, I am filled with pride- pride as a daughter, as a ‘mother,’ and much more… well, see for yourself…
Not long ago. I made the …

I Sniff a Surprise!

I Sniff a Surprise!

Posted by Pia

My own ‘fur children’ seem to be up to something top secret these days. As a concerned mother of teen critters, I just hope they are not raiding the liquor cabinet or sniffing decoupage glue- kids today! My guess is they are pow-wowing on what to get me for Mother’s Day- but that …

Oh My Dogness!

Oh My Dogness!

Posted by Pia

With Mother’s Day upon us, I want to remind everyone to honor those humans who mother ‘kids’ of the furry, finned and feathered variety! Today I offer you, not one- but two- photo galleries showcasing some must have mama gift items… Behind Door #1, we have Companion Ware…
And behind Door #2, we have the uber …

Our Beloved Basil

Our Beloved Basil

Posted by Pia

In memory of our Warrior Prince…
Dearest Basil,
You and your human mom, Lynn, are in our thoughts today.
As a devoted follower of The Daily Wag and a member of our extended Daily Wag family, your canine commentary will be sorely missed.
We are thankful that you allowed us to share in a portion of …

Fiona's Rescue Captures Hearts Around The Globe

Posted by Pia

In the past month, an amazing thing has happened. A little blind dog named Fiona, rescued from certain death by a heroic man, captured the hearts of people all over the world.

FIONA’S RESCUE
After many an animal lover sent me the video, I reluctantly grabbed a tissue and hit play.
Fiona’s rescue was heartwarming to say …

Best Welcome Home Ever!

Best Welcome Home Ever!

Posted by Pia

Do your animals welcome you home in a flurry of excitement and goofiness? Being the recipient of such pure love and devotion- that exhibited by a furry family member- is truly one of life’s greatest gifts!
A new campaign to highlight the special bond between animals and their humans is asking people to submit videos of …