And How Did You Meet Your Dog?

How I Met My Dog co-founder Jodi Andersen with her dogs Finn and Stella

Meet Jodi Andersen, a nationally recognized dog trainer who has devoted her career to strengthening the human-canine bond. In a career that spans more than 25 years, Andersen has seen firsthand that people are much more likely to form deep, unbreakable bonds when they choose their dogs based on individual behavior and lifestyle criteria over breed and appearance.

Acting on this insight, she has co-founded a new startup called of How I Met My Dog™ to ensure that more people can find their canine soulmates.

How I Met My Dog is the first online service to custom match people and dogs and in doing so, prioritizes behavior and lifestyle over breed. Using the three key factors of Personality, Expectations, and Training Style, the company’s proprietary P.E.T. Profile algorithm filters for more than 30 levels of human and dog compatibility.

“Think eHarmony for dogs,” says Andersen who has taken today’s matching culture and extended it to dogs in addition to humans highlighting why adopters shouldn’t search by breed alone but take into account canine behavior and human lifestyle trends to ensure they are compatible.

Andersen, who is the author of The Latchkey Dog: How the Way You Live Shapes The Behavior Of The Dog You Love also offers adopters training tips and advice to ensure the  transition is smooth and successful from the shelter to a forever home.

Currently the service is available in New York, New England, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas and Georgia. The plan is to ultimately take the idea nationwide.

Andersen has had personal experiences of online match-making too. That’s how she met her husband Alan and she was a perfect match for her dog Finn on her own dog-matching site.

If you live in the any of the above listed states and looking to adopt, give her comPETibility strategy a try.





tip of the day

The legendary Dr Roger Mugford with the Halti Optifit

Exercise is healthy. A nice walk before a meal will ensure that afterwards, your dog will relax and snooze. However, on very hot days, limit exercise excursions to either early morning or early evening to avoid the punishing heat of the middle of the day. Be sure to take water with you – even on a short walk. Winter or summer — ALWAYS  tailor your dog’s walks to his age and general mobility. Consider walking inside a pet-friendly indoor mall if the weather is not conducive to outside exercise.