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Meet Uncle Matty "Come to Uncle Matty," verbalized in high-pitched dogeese by Matthew Margolis, is a phrase known to thousands of dogs all over the United States, who have been befriended and trained by this renowned author and trainer. Also a dog behavior expert, authority on aggressive dogs, and popular radio and television guest, Margolis (Uncle Matty) is the host of the PBS television series, WOOF! It's a Dog's Life.
Matthew Margolis began his dog-training career in 1968 and established The National Institute of Dog Training which became one of the largest dog training facilities in the United States. The Southern California facility specialized in obedience training with Matthew's exclusive love, praise and affection system of dog training and problem solving that continues through a network of Certified trainers.

Among the 30,000 dogs trained by Margolis and his staff are those belonging to numerous celebrities including Renee Russo, Merv Griffin, Goldie Hawn, Drew Carey, Madonna, Elizabeth Taylor and Shannon Doherty. Those who have seen Margolis at work have witnessed his uncanny ability to transform problem dogs into loving, curious, and responsive animals, often in minutes.

"Get rid of the problem, not the dog," says Matthew, who believes on-going problems can usually be attributed to dog owners, not their pets. The pioneer of "love, praise and affection" training, Matthew emphasizes that there is never a good reason to hit, yell at, or punish a dog.

In addition to the series, Woof! It's a Dog's Life!, his expertise and winning personality are well know to television viewers throughout the United States, in Canada and parts of Europe. Margolis was the resident dog expert on ABC's Good Morning America. He is also a popular guest of news and talk shows and has appeared on ABC's 20/20 as an aggressive dog expert, The Oprah Winfrey Show, CNN and E! Entertainment Television, to name a few.

Public Television audiences became acquainted with Uncle Matty's unique style when he hosted two popular and successful pledge specials, "Woof! It's a Dog's Life" (1995-96) and "Woof! Woof! Uncle Matty's Guide to Dog Training" (1996-97).

Now, as host of the PBS series "Woof! It's a Dog's Life," Uncle Matty takes his fans on canine adventures throughout the United States and abroad, visiting film and television celebrities and their dogs, watching dogs go through their paces at a canine gym, checking out gourmet fare for dogs, revealing his special training techniques, providing tips on selecting the best breed to suit your personality and a whole lot more. New "WOOF!" segments are scheduled for the first part of 2003 on PBS. Check your local PBS stations.

For those who love dogs, Uncle Matty says, "Take your passion and make it your profession," and he makes this possible with The BUSINESS of Dog Training, the only learn-at-home program of its kind for those who want to become professional dog trainers. The program evolved from his Southern California School for Dog Trainers.

Margolis is the co-author of 17 books on dog training and behavior including his newest, "The Good Life, Your Dog's First Year," published by Simon & Schuster. "Grrrrr," his authoritative volume on aggressive dogs, was published by Little Brown & Company in the spring of 2000. Another recent book and companion to the PBS series is "Uncle Matty's Ultimate Guide to Dog Training," published by Simon & Schuster. "Good Dog, Bad Dog," written with Mordecai Siegal, was one of the first dog training books to be published and recently celebrated it's 25th successful year. It remains a standard in the field. Among his other popular volumes are "When good Dogs Do Bad Things," "I Just Got a Puppy, What Do I Do?" and "Solutions!" a quick reference for some of the most pressing health and behavior problems your dog may encounter.


    "I love what I do every day of my life. I help dogs, help people, and know that I make a difference in their lives. They help me as well. It's not an exaggeration to say that dogs have saved my life."

    Matthew Margolis
    from the preface of his autobiography,
    WOOF! My Twenty-Five Years of Training Dogs
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