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Jody Epstein, CPDT- KA, APDT


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IF YOU BELIEVE YOUR DOG IS ILL OR INJURED, PLEASE CONTACT YOUR LOCAL VETERINARIAN IMMEDIATELY. THIS IS NOT THE FORUM TO ADDRESS URGENT MEDICAL ISSUES. I AM NOT A LICENSED VET AND HAVE NO DIAGNOSTIC SKILLS. ***I have been answering questions on All Experts for over 5 years now. I enjoy being able to offer assistance in this forum. I do need to be clear, though. If you’re looking for free advice about a specific behavior question, you MUST submit your question to me via All Experts. If you bypass All Experts and write to me directly through my website, I will ask you to submit via All Experts. On the flip side, if you’re local to Los Angeles and you wish to speak to me privately about an in person consultation, please go through my website. I appreciate your assistance in keeping my volunteer work on the volunteer site.*** I can answer questions about the following canine behavior issues: obedience, timid/fearful & fear-based aggression, nuisance behaviors, families that are expanding with either new human or new animal members. If you have potty training questions please first read my trio of blogs at If you still have questions after reading the blogs you can post your specific questions here. PLEASE be as specific as possible when asking a question. Give me a detailed example of the situation - dog's behavior, body language, circumstances surrounding the issue, what the consequences are (another dog's response, your response), etc. I can only provide insight if I can get a picture of the whole scenario. If I ask for further details, please provide them. In person I would normally observe for at least 90 minutes to assess the situation and the dynamics before offering tools and suggestions to modify it. In writing it is ever so much more difficult. Thank you for your participation in the process.

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I have been professionally modifying behavior and training obedience for 7 years. I have owned dogs my entire life. I have just changed the name of my business. It is no longer Good Dog! Dog Training. The new name is Nutz About Mutz!. If you see previous questions with the Good Dog! website information, that is my response.


I am a Certified Profession Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA), #2133301 ; I am a member in good standing with the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT), #77763 ; I am an AKC certified Canine Good Citizen evaluator (CGC), #71253

Publications ; ; Multiple articles in the local pet magazine Pet Press (found across Southern California)


I have a graduate education in animal behavior and learning. (While I completed my coursework and did the requisite research, I did not defend a dissertation. I am qualified, but not certified and so technically not a doctor. This is commonly referred to as Ph.D.-ABD which means All But Dissertation.) My educational focus was with non-human primates, but my personal interest is with domestic dogs and their relationships with humans and other animals. I continue to educate myself to canine-specific behavior through extensive reading, online interactive workshops, vidoes and attending canine behavior conferences.

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Recent Answers from Jody Epstein, CPDT- KA, APDT

2016-10-17 Dog refuses to get into car at home:

Nancy,    Than you for such a thorough question (I wish all my questions had so much detailed information and stuff already tried!).    You have already tried all the usual suspect things. I'm glad to

2016-10-13 Dog won't follow 2 legs, needs 4 or more:

Thank you for your question. You are correct - her hesitance is founded in fear. Having two people (or another known dog) with her bolsters her confidence and she feels safer. This may be an issue of her

2016-09-29 how to help my dog with a fear he has developed:

Thank you for your question. It is possible that the stress of the traveling and staying with people he doesn't know well has unsettled him a bit. But it's equally possible that the current weather may

2016-08-28 Scratch Reflex specifics:

Thank you for your question and for the pic of your pups.    I need to start by saying I am neither a veterinarian nor a veterinary neurologist. I have no formal medical training of any kind. I encourage

2016-08-22 Large Dog Kills Small Dog:

Thank you for your question. What a horrible situation to find yourself facing. I'm sorry that you and your dog and the other family are having to go through this.    Your question ended mid-sentence so


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