Yody Blass

Yody Blass, M.A., Animal Behaviorist


Yody Blass is a native Northern Virginia resident, and the Owner/Director of Companion Animal Behavior. As a pioneer in the field, beginning in 1990, she sought to bring awareness to the lack of resources available for pets with behavior problems. She has successfully treated thousands of behavior problems over the past 3 decades. She received her master’s degree in psychology from Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia, and completed an internship and coursework in Animal Behavior at the University of Colorado. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in psychology, from Concordia University in Montreal. 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”.  Yody is a Certified Animal Behaviorist by the National Association of Animal Behaviorists.

Over the years, Yody has presented many workshops on dog and cat behavior to area businesses and rescue groups, such as the Animal Welfare League of Arlington, FOHA, Siamese Cat Rescue, the Humane Society of Loudoun County, as well as Pet Sitters International.

Yody currently lives in Ashburn, Virginia with her daughter, her small dog, and three cats. Over the years, she has shared her life with dogs from 10lbs to 150lbs and together they have enjoyed agility, flyball, and therapy visits with Pets on Wheels. In addition to dogs and cats, Yody has enjoyed having rabbits, hamsters, gerbils, and even chickens. She has a special interest in helping dogs and cats coexist, and helping clients improve the human-animal bond. In her spare time, Yody enjoys spending time with family, reading and gardening.