Author Archives: Jody

About Jody

I have a masters degree in Animals and Public Policy with a minor in Animal Behavior. I also have 3 years of graduate education in animal learning and behavior through different graduate programs. For more than 9 years I have offered professional obedience training and behavior modification to clients in the L.A. area (and one year in MA while earning my masters degree). I have been answering behavior questions for people around the world since 2009 on the volunteer website All Experts. I educate pet parents in obedience, house manners and behavior modification for undesirable behavior issues. I specialize in timid/fearful dogs, resource guarding and leash reactive dogs.

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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Thunder Terrifes Teddy!


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