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Susan Jojola


Since joining AFB in 2013, Susan has focused on developing and applying innovative behavioral methods to gain insight to behaviors related to feeding and flavor preferences of companion animals. Susan has a bachelor’s degree in psychology which aids in method development based on cognition and learning in cats and dogs. She also holds a master’s in wildlife science and a doctorate in ecology. Working with diverse species all over the world related to animal behavior, chemical communication, and taste preference has contributed to her applied research with AFB. She has presented her work at national and international venues for both technical and non-technical audiences, including customer presentations and demonstrations, and has multiple publications in peer-reviewed journals.

Susan’s insatiable curiosities about dog behavior were fueled by her 15-year companion, Takara, a Weimaraner who recently passed due to osteoarthritis. The duo’s worldwide travels spanning New Zealand to Norway and their numerous hikes in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains taught Susan the true meaning of companionship and the power of connection that can be formed between animals and humans. Based on her own experience, Susan understands the importance of healthy and flavorful foods especially for aging pets and how pet parents look to their dog for clues of food enjoyment. In her spare time, Susan strives to expand options in mobility support for dogs.