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National Pet Week: The Rise of Pet Parenting

May 05 | Wed |


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What is Pet Parenting? Is it an anthropological phenomenon or a marketing term? Or something in between? And what are the implications of pet parenthood for both humans and pets?

​Join us for an informative chat with Dr. Shelly Volsche where we will discuss the rise of pet parenting, how it varies in different cultures and what it means for the human-animal bond.

​Dr. Shelly Volsche, Ph.D. is a biocultural anthropologist, professor at Boise State, and author of the book Voluntarily Childfree. She studies human-animal interactions, including the role of companion animals in modern families. This includes research into the practice of applying parenting strategies to pets in the home. Dr. Volsche has published research on topics such as

​Pet parenting across cultures ​Multispecies kinship practices ​Cross-species communication ​One Health behavioral wellness ​If you have wondered about these topics and want a chance to speak directly with one of the pre-eminent researchers in this field, you don’t want to miss this!

​What is Petminded? Petminded is a community for dog parents who want the latest science-backed insights about their dog -- so they can give their dogs safe, healthy, and happy lives. We offer events, courses, and a membership platform where experts will help you understand the latest research in dog cognition, behavior, health, training, and more. Learn more about us here: Petminded

​This event is free as part of our National Pet Week series. Please share with any/all friends and family who could benefit.

Venue: Virtual / Online Event

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