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Dr John Bradshaw


My current focus is in making the science of cat and dog welfare accessible to pet owners, through books, articles, radio and television. 

My most recent book is THE ANIMALS AMONG US, an exploration of the science and non-science that lies behind the human-animal bond.  It was published in the UK in September 2017 and in the USA in October.  A summary of its overall theme appeared in The Conversation, and National Geographic reviewed it here.  It was selected as Book of the Week by "The Week" magazine (11/11/2017) and as one of the three best animal interest books of 2017 by the Daily Mail.

My previous book, CAT SENSE, was published in 2013 in both the UK and the USA, and featured in the non-fiction best-seller lists in both countries: it has been translated into Dutch, Finnish, German, French (Canadian), Spanish, Italian, Polish, Korean and Japanese, and is being translated into Russian and Turkish.  Together with Professor Alan Wilson of the Royal Veterinary College and Dr Sarah Ellis of the University of Lincoln, I appeared in the BBC Horizon TV programmes “The Secret Life of the Cat” and “Little Cat Diaries”, which drew record audiences when first broadcast in the summer of 2013: the same team put together a further three-part series for BBC2 TV "Cat Watch 2014" that aired in October 2014.  In the USA, I was featured in a 2014 NBC Dateline documentary "Pets: Their Secret Lives", and in Canada, in "The Lion in Your Living Room", shown in CBC's "The Nature of Things with David Suzuki" series, in January 2015.  "Cat Watch 2014" was aired in the USA by Nat Geo Wild in spring 2015 as "The Truth About Cats".  Since then I've helped to make a programme for Spiegel TV in Germany, which was shown on ZTL in August 2015, a piece on the popularity of cats on the internet for World's Weirdest Events (BBC2), and a series for ITV "The Story of Cats" which was first broadcast in March 2016. 


Cat Sense

My other recent book - which despite the impression given by the cover is mainly the work of pioneering cat behaviourist Dr Sarah Ellis, is "The Trainable Cat", published in the UK in August 2016 and the USA in September (where it made #2 in the New York Times monthly Bestsellers list for books on animals). Here's Sarah talking to Terry Gross about the book on NPR's Fresh Air.


My previous book, DOG SENSE/IN DEFENCE OF DOGS (2011), was also a best-seller in both the UK and the USA, and has been translated into Dutch, German, Polish, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese (Brazil), Finnish, Czech, Japanese and Korean. DOG SENSE won a Gold Award in the Independent Publishers Book Awards (IPPY) in 2012. TV appearances in 2013, 2014 and 2015 included “The Wonder of Dogs” (BBC2) “Dogs: Their Secret Lives” (Channel 4) and "The Dog Factory" (BBC One).  Feature articles have included Great Thinkers on Dogs in "The BARk" magazine (USA).  Three passages from "Dog Sense" appear in the American Kennel Club's "Dog Quotes - The Ultimate List".

Dog Sense covers

I also occasionally write for magazines, including BBC Focus/Wildlife/Countryfile, Your Cat, and New Scientist.  I am a contributor to Catwyse, an online course for cat owners.

Twitter:   @petsandus                       Blog: Pets & Their People

Upcoming/recent public events:

Public lecture, University of Exeter, April 27th 2018.
Cheltenham Science Festival, June 7th 2018.
The Dog Behaviour Conference, Coventry, June 9th-10th 2018

APDT Eire, Portlaoise, October 7th 2018.

Podcasts, articles etc

Why we love pets BBC Science Focus podcast
Cats Through The Ages and
     The World According to Cats, two series of short videos for Cats Protection
Therapy Animals,
an article for the i (newspaper)
"If dogs could talk, they'd tell us some home truths" The Guardian Opinion,
21st July 2017
The Curious Cases of Rutherford & Fry: The Cat Who Came Back,
BBC Radio4
5X15: Dogs
"How Your Dog 'Sees' the World"
BBC World Service radio "The Documentary: It's A Dog's Life"
British Library "Humans and their Non-Humans"
with Sarah Evans, Daniel Mills, Nickie Charles and Claire Molloy
talk "Dogs in Society"
BBC2 TV, World's Weirdest Events,
September 24th 2015
The Guardian:
the autocomplete questions (cats and dogs)
episode 7: Are you my mother?
Nat Geo Wild:
How cats use their whiskers (clip)
The Guardian: Comment
February 16th 2015: What is this dog thinking?
Dogs: Their Secret Lives
- Aggression   Channel 4 TV, 26th August 2014
Yahoo! Daily Shot with Ali Wentworth, March 2014
BBC Radio 4  Show Me the Way to Go Home, broadcast 1st January 2014
Dogs: Their Secret Lives (TV - Channel 4, October 2013)
NPR: Fresh Air with Terry Gross (cats - September 5th 2013)
BBC Radio 4 Dog Days (July 2013)
BBC4 TV: Woof: A Horizon Guide to Dogs (March 2012)
Microphilosophy - with Julian Baggini and Prof Christine Nicol (January 2012)
Guardian Science podcast, with Alok Jha (August 2011)
NPR: Fresh Air with Terry Gross (dogs - May 2011)