Contributors: Pia Salk

Pia

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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Kissing Toads.....

Kissing Toads.....

Posted by Pia

This time of year seems to have toads out a hopin’ all over the place. If I spot a toad in a busy street or path, I inherently know to move the potential prince to a nearby safer spot. But, I recently realized that I had little idea what to do if one …

In Other Words...

In Other Words...

Posted by Pia

Those of you at the Daily Wag know I love a great quote! Sometimes it seems the greatest wisdom is conveyed in the fewest words.
Maybe that’s why I love animals so much- they don’t distract us from the present with too many unnecessary words. The way in which they offer their …

Say Cheese!

Say Cheese!

Posted by Pia

You know those moments when you feel like all of your hard work is truly worth it? Well thanks to my brother and his family, I got to have one of those moments this past weekend ! As I pulled up to my brother’s house, I spotted an adorable little blond running and …

Feel the Grass, Smell the Flowers....

Feel the Grass, Smell the Flowers....

Posted by Pia

While many of us humans look to self help books and trips abroad to find inner peace, our fellow critters seem to cultivate peace naturally. Today’s message is a simple one… and it’s brought to you by the wisest among us.
As we enter the final days of summer, take a few tips from Fido and …

Puparazzi Snaps

Puparazzi Snaps

Posted by Pia

Every now and then I like to peruse the many snapshots that readers have sent in to the Daily Wag. I start out thinking i’ll just look at a page or two … hours later I find myself fully entertained and unable to pull myself away!
One of my favorite pass times is to match …

Social Media to the Rescue

Social Media to the Rescue

Posted by Pia

I recently received this happy tale and just had to share it with my fellow Daily Waggers! Enjoy!
Hello Dr. Pia!
About 4 months ago my wife and I adopted Triple Coupon Thursday (a.k.a. Trip), a pit bull mix who came into our lives unexpectedly. We fell in love with her instantly and I wanted to …

Bozeman, Mt...

Bozeman, Mt..."Dog's Country"

Posted by Pia

I just returned from what I like to call “Dog’s Country.” Bozeman Montana is a dog’s town for sure! Each day I saw no less than 10 dogs and all were happily accompanying their humans on errands, hikes, to restaurants, on runs and more…
What a great summer trip! Although my own crew has …

How Many Licks Does it Take?

How Many Licks Does it Take?

Posted by Pia

While I’m certainly no Martha Stewart, I occasionally try my hand at creative recipes — especially if they are for my furry family members.
Given this summer’s extreme temperatures, I decided to share a fun heat-busting recipe I posted around this time last year! Here’s what some pooches with discerning palettes had to say…..
My guys love …

"Eskimo Kisses"

Posted by Pia

As a child I remember giggling hysterically when anyone would give me an “Eskimo Kiss.” Rubbing noses seemed funny to begin with and then being told it was how Eskimo’s Kiss, seemed kinda neat at the time. As one who loves ’snout to snout’ critter photos, I decided to research ‘Eskimo Kissing’ a bit …

Training Humans

Training Humans

Posted by Pia

Canines are amazing creatures who inherently wish to know their boundaries and please their leaders. Communicating with, and training, Fido can be more rewarding when the human trainer has a better understanding of how Fido perceives his world. Today’s gallery offers some interesting factoids about pooch behavior….
Communication is key to all peaceful and successful interactions. …