Author Archives: Jody

About Jody

I have a masters degree in Animals and Public Policy with a minor in Animal Behavior. I am a board certified Associate Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist (ACAAB) - one of fewer than 60 certified animal behaviorists in the world. I am also a Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA) and a Certified Fear Free Professional. For more than 14 years I have been helping families create more harmonious homes - one dog at a time. I train basic skills and manners to help dogs learn to live in our world. I also work with families with behavior issues from dog-dog reactivity to stranger-danger, from inappropriate jumping to resource guarding, and with a special affection for the timid/fearful pups amongst us. I work with families and their pets to overcome these behavior issues and help their dogs to be their best selves.

Helping Puppies Sleep Through the Night

You have just brought a new puppy home to join your family. Congratulations! You are about to embark on a wonderful journey filled with laughter and frustration. And if you can survive the puppy-hood months, you will be rewarded with … Continue reading

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Good Boy, Gus

Gus is an inquisitive dog who likes to explore his environment and make games for himself when you’re not available to play with him. Sometimes Gus makes really good choices and other times . . . not so much. So … Continue reading

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Dogs in Public… Which Service Dogs Are Allowed Where?

Guide dogs, Service dogs, Support dogs, Therapy dogs, Companion dogs. These are some of the different roles dogs play. Some of those roles allow dogs automatic and full access to public spaces while others don’t. Here is a guide to … Continue reading

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In Memorium: Sophia Yin, DVM, MS (1966 – 2014)

                                                    Dr. Sophia Yin and her dog, Jonesy “I got into behavior because I wanted people to know they don’t have to use force to get their dog to do what they want. If people can understand why their dogs … Continue reading

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Vinnie Hates the Vet’s Office – How to Turn that House of Horrors into Disneyland for your Dog

You got the postcard reminding you that Vinnie is due for his annual check-up. Your heart sinks. You hate taking Vinnie to the vet because Vinnie really hates going. He may tell you this by shaking uncontrollably, panting excessively, shedding, … Continue reading

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LOADING A KONG

When we load a Kong, we hope that it will take Otis at least 30 or 45 minutes to empty it, and ideally, we want him to keep coming back to see if there’s more to be found. There is … Continue reading

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Healthy Dog Play

Many dog parents like to take their pups to the local dog park as a place where Rufus can run around off leash and socialize with others. But it’s important that we remember that the dog park is not a … Continue reading

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Puppies Bite – What Can We Do About That?

Puppies bite. It’s a fact. It’s a normal and natural behavior. In fact, it’s a necessary part of puppy development. But is it something that we have to just accept? Do we just put up with it – taking all … Continue reading

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Lunging Lucy & Growly Gus

Picture this: You and Polly are walking together in your neighborhood. She’s showing off just how good her leash skills are. And then . . . you see it. Down the street . . . another dog is coming. Suddenly … Continue reading

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When is it Time to Say Goodbye?

Making the commitment to owning a pet means recognizing that one day you will have to say goodbye. Sometimes (just like with our human loved ones) we do not have a choice or a say as to when this will … Continue reading

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