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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 expertise in behavior with an in-depth understanding of
the built environment.  She is a licensed Pet Care Technician Instructor,
registered therapy dog handler, certified  
Doggone Safe Bite Safety Instructor,
and professional member of the
Pet Professional Guild,  Association of Pet
Dog Trainers
and International Society for Applied Ethology (ISAE).  Frania
specializes in
behavior modification work and training with cats, dogs and birds
and humane management for urban wildlife.  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.  Her extensive written work on animal behavior and training are
free for the reading on her website and videos of Frania's lectures, presentations
and training demos  are on

Frania grew up loving animals and as an adult volunteered at animal shelters
and wildlife rehab centers in Florida, New York City and Guatemala working
with cats, dogs, wildlife and doing educational outreach.  She has also been a
colony care taker of feral cats.  She earned a certificate in exotic animal training
in California before enrolling in a graduate program to formally study animal
behavior and work professionally with animals and people in the field.

Frania's career in animal behavior has included five years developing and
teaching New York City's only Pet Care Technician program at a post secondary
vocational school for individuals with disabilities; here Frania gained wide-
ranging experience in training learners to use the best, most low stress, informed
and humane approaches to work professionally with animals in the pet services
industry.  Her work in the classroom and behind the scenes, preparing and
evaluating students and sites in internships 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 both worker 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 (Frania's four part series for
Barks From the Guild, premiered in the
September 2018 issue on what happens behind the scenes in the pet services
industry and what remedies can be best applied).   

Frania taught the ASPCA’s Fundamentals of Dog Care course for the Houlton
Institute. Graduate research projects include work on parrot behavior at the
Wildlife Conservation Society, horse and dog evolution at the American Museum
of Natural History and cat behavior at the ASPCA in NYC.  She  presents and
consults in the metropolitan New York area and internationally (her work has
also been translated into
French).  Frania has presented webinars for The Pet
Professional Guild including,
"Animal Welfare, From the Five Freedoms to the
Five Domains and Beyond" and "To click or not to click the how to train
question". Her webinar on aggression to affiliation in multi cat house-
holds was part of Pet Professional Guild's Geek Week. She lives in New York
City with her family (including cats and dogs).

Frania believes becoming an animal behaviorist requires first love and
respect for animals which includes a strong desire to learn about how they
experience their world and how we can best enhance their welfare.   She is
a strong advocate for formal training and education to qualify for working
with animals and would tell you that your love for animals needs to equal
your love for reading about them. Top finds on her bookshelf for cats and dogs
include the following:
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