Yody Blass, M.A.
Yody Blass is a native Northern Virginia resident, and the Owner/Director of Companion Animal Behavior. She is a pioneer in the field, having started in 1990 to bring awareness to lack of resources available at the time for dogs and cats with behavior problems. She has successfully treated thousands of pet behavior problems over the past 26 years. She received her Masters degree in Psychology from Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia, and completed an internship and coursework in Animal Behavior at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She obtained her Bachelors degree, also in Psychology, from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. In addition to graduate courses in Animal Behavior, Ethology, and Neuropsychology, Yody also completed two programs at Cornell University, “Solving Feline Behavior Problems” and “Solving Canine Behavior Problems”. Prior to her work as an Animal Behaviorist, Yody worked in the field of behavior modification for people, specializing in weight loss and smoking cessation programs.
She has presented material on pet behavior problems to many groups, including the Animal Welfare League of Arlington, FOHA, Pet Sitters International, Siamese Cat Rescue, the Humane Society of Loudoun County, and various local veterinary clinics.
She currently lives in Leesburg, Virginia with her much loved geriatric dog Kimmie, who is a retired Alzheimer’s visitation dog, four rescue cats that keep her on her toes, and her animal-loving daughter. Over the years, she has had dogs, cats, rabbits, hamsters, gerbils, birds, fish, and even chickens. She has a special interest in studying how different animal species coexist, and in addition to the human-animal bond, enjoys observing the interactions and bonds created between dogs and cats, and other species.
Yody is certified as an animal behaviorist by the National Association of Animal Behaviorists.