Frania Shelley-Grielen is a professional animal behaviorist, dog trainer and educator
who holds a Masters Degree in Animal Behavior from Hunter College and a Masters
Degree in Urban Planning from New York University, complimenting her insight into
behavior with an in-depth understanding of the built environment. She is a licensed Pet
Care Technician Instructor, a registered therapy dog handler, a certified Doggone Safe
Bite Safety Instructor, and a professional member of the Pet Professional Guild and the
Association of Pet Dog Trainers. Frania specializes in behavior modification work and
training with cats, dogs and birds and humane management for urban wildlife.
Frania is the author of Cats and Dogs; Living with and Looking at Companion Animals from
their Point of View. She founded AnimalBehaviorist.us in 2009, to share her work on how
welfare based, science focused strategies and solutions from the canine and feline point of
view are more effective and make everyone happier, including the humans. In addition
to her extensive written work on animal behavior, Frania regularly post videos of her
lectures, presentations and training demonstrations on her YouTube channel.
During her five years developing and teaching the Pet Care Technician program at
private career school for individuals with disabilities, Frania gained wide–ranging
experience in the field of animal behavior, how people learn about animals and the pet
services industry. Her work in the classroom and the field preparing students for
internships and evaluating them in dog day cares, grooming salons and shelters gave
Frania unique insight into this industry in New York City and the need for higher
standards for education and services. This experience led her to create PetCenterEd, Inc.,
an innovative not for profit, science and welfare based learning and services center for
people and pets. Once funded, this program will have instructors, formally trained in
their field, educate handlers, groomers and trainers on site while providing a higher
quality of care and service for our companion animals.
Frania also taught the ASPCA’s Fundamentals of Dog Care course for the Houlton
Institute where she is on the zoology faculty. She has worked on research projects at the
Wildlife Conservation Society, the American Museum of Natural History and the ASPCA
in NYC. Frania presents and consults in the metropolitan New York area, nationally
She lives in New York City with her family and cats and dogs.
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