About the Trainer
Jody Epstein earned her Masters in Science (MS) degree in Animals
and Public Policy, with a minor in Animal Behavior, from Tufts
Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. She is a Certified Behavior
Consultant Canine - Knowledge Assessed (CBCC-KA), and a Certified
Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA). She recently
earned her Fear Free Trainer certification through the nationally recog-
nized Fear Free organization. Jody is also a Full member of the
Association for Professional Dog Trainers (APDT). Jody also has a
graduate education in experimental psychology with a focus in animal
behavior and learning through the University of Montana and the
University of Louisiana. She has owned dogs all of her life.
Jody approaches all dog behaviors from a psychological/motivational
perspective, allowing her to explore the motivations behind the
behavior. If we understand why the behavior is occurring, we can then effectively modify the behavior to one which better fits our lifestyle. Using a variety of force free methods such as Counter Conditioning, Behavior Adjustment Training (BAT), Engage/Disengage and Click-to-Calm, Jody teaches owners how to set their dog up for success, allowing the dog's confidence to improve as well as the relationship, trust and bond between pet and person.
Specializing in behavior modification as well as obedience, Jody has been training pets and their people for 9 years. She has experience with issues ranging from indoor soiling to fear-based aggression displays, from reacting aggressively on leash to refusal to walk in certain areas and much more.
Jody takes great pleasure in helping dogs become better companions and teaching pet parents how to communicate more effectively with their four-legged family members.
When not working or spending time with her family,
Jody shared her expertise answering questions on
from 2009 until the site closed in 2017, where she enjoyed the
highest user rating for both knowledgeability and clarity.
She also volunteers at
in Acton, CA
80% OF TRAINING YOUR DOG IS TRAINING YOU.
Jody will teach you how to effectively communicate with your dog so that you get reliable responses to commands. Ms. Epstein will also teach you how to understand and decipher your dog's body language so that you may better understand what your dog is feeling.
**Too busy to do all the training yourself? Jody offers a Day-Training program where she will train your dog for you and transfer those skills to you. See the Training Options page for details.**
Some of the many issues that Jody is happy to address with you include:
* Shy / Timid / Fearful Dogs
* Pulling, lunging, over excited on Leash
* Introduction of New Family Members (animal or human)
* Barking / Jumping
* Nipping During Play
* Startles at loud or sudden noises
* Separation Anxiety
* Destructive Behaviors (Digging, Chewing, etc.)