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Jody Epstein, MS, CPDT-KA


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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 8 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 and many other issues. 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 a professional obedience trainer for 9 years, and specializing in behavior modification for 8 years. I have owned dogs my entire life. I own my own dog training and behavior modification business called Nutz About Mutz.


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 masters degree (MS) in Animals and Public Policy, with a minor in Animal Behavior, from Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. I also have 3 years of graduate education in Animal Behavior and Learning from UM-Missoula and UL-Lafayette. I continue to educate myself to canine-specific behavior through extensive reading, online interactive workshops, vidoes and attending canine behavior conferences, workshops and seminars. Beginning in March, 2017, I will be the Behavior & Training Manager at Second Chance Center for Animals in Flagstaff, AZ.

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Recent Answers from Jody Epstein, MS, CPDT-KA

2017-02-08 Introducing dogs:

Thank you for your question. It sounds like Dolly is pretty selective about which dogs she likes. As dogs get older, they tolerate stress less well (just like humans). While she may have lived comfortably

2017-01-25 Escape artist:

Thank you for your followup. I know it can be frustrating and deflating when we see little progress after making what feels like herculean efforts. But you are on the right path. You are seeking advice

2017-01-23 3 year old German Shepard:

Thank you for your question. I understand your concern and as the dogs bark nervously, it makes your son nervous, which in turn makes the dogs more nervous. This cycle could escalate to a defensive response

2017-01-13 Protective street dog:

Thank you for your question. I have one in return for you... What about her behavior/body language makes you think she's being protective and what do you think she is protecting? Besides standing at that

2017-01-03 Dog shows aggression and anger after i show affection:

*****Revised answer: Yes, my dogs also take great advantage of the undivided attention and captive audience that is me sitting on the toilet. Dogs like to show their devotion in some of the most, um, intimate


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