Jody Epstein joined the leadership team at Second Chance Center for Animals in March, 2017 as the Behavior and Training Manager. This is a newly created position designed to address the behavioral needs of our shelter residents and help them become ready for adoption and their new role as ‘family member’. Through public training and consulting, the Behavior and Training Manager position also works with families who already have pets to resolve undesirable behaviors to help those pets learn new skills to stay I those homes and out of the over-burdened shelter system.
Jody recently earned her MS in Animals and Public Policy, with a minor in Animal Behavior, from Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. She also has 3 years of graduate education in Animal Behavior and Learning through the University of Montana and the University of Louisiana.
Prior to joining Second Chance, Jody owned and operated her own obedience and behavior modification business for 9 years where she worked with pets and their people to improve their bond through better communication and cooperation. She is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA) as well as a certified Canine Good Citizen (CGC) evaluator. She is currently studying to sit for her Certified Behavior Consultant Canine – Knowledge Assessed (CBCC-KA) certification. Jody is passionate about animal behavior and helping dogs and cats live more harmoniously with their family. She is excited to join this excellent team, working with shelter residents and the Northern Arizona community to build better relationships between humans and the animals we love.
Before discovering her passion for animal behavior, Jody was a licensed massage therapist and a thespian, having worked in all aspects of theater – both on and off stage. She is a member of the Screen Actors Guild. When not working, Jody enjoys spending time with her two dogs, Chewie and Hagrid (the little white dog), exploring trails and cuddling on the couch.