Our clients say:
"I rescued a feral cat back in December. He turned out to be very sick and spent
his first two moths with us in recovery. When his health was fully restored, he
started to exhibiting behavior issues. Aside from him being totally petrified of us
to the point he would smack us if we tried to come near him, he was also attacking
my other two cats. We started to question if we could keep him, but there was no
way I was going to give up! After some searching I was so lucky to find Frania. She
helped us when most other people (behaviorist include) told us to give up. She was
so wonderful with all my cats, and really has an understanding of how their little
minds work. She did more for us than I could ever possibly put into words!"
-Isis K., Bronx, NY
"Frania is the best of the best. She is insightful, patient and fantastic to work with.
We had behavioral issues with our 3 year old chow and it got so bad that I was
ready to give up but thankfully my partner had the sense to look for a behaviorist.
Thank God we found Frania and our relationship with our dog could not be better.
Frania gave us the tools to be better parents and really understand what our dog
was trying to communicate. We cannot recommend Frania enough!"
-Maita L., NY, NY
"I've been spoon feeding Cassie in the morning and allowing her to sniff
EVERYTHING on our morning walks. I have put lavender essential oil on her
bed and parts of the couch where she likes to sleep. This week, she destroyed
NOTHING! I've noticed that the spoon feeding in the morning really forces her
to focus on eating with me as opposed to building up her anxiety. After she eats,
she gets her sniff/walk and then I leave. Since doing this, I've also noticed that she
is no longer shaking when I'm putting on my coat to leave. Watching her on the
camera when I leave, I see that she is still tracking and panting, but is not
biting the door or looking for anything to destroy. She has been sleeping after
I leave within an hour. Thank you so much for your input and guidance."
-Nadi D., NY, NY
"Frania was wonderful and really took the time to address our most immediate
hurdles with our new rescue dog. She barked and lunged at my husband whenever
he came into our bedroom. We did exercises as the family lay on the bed to allow
my husband to approach and not have the dog attack him. It was very helpful and
as a result we continue to use these techniques and my husband happily gets to
sleep in his own bed again. The dog still doesn't really trust men but he is now able
to feed and be around the dog much more easily. It's still a work in progress but we
are continually using Frania's advice and little by little it is surely working. Her
follow up was very helpful and thorough also. Some things you just would never
think of without the guidance and help of an expert."-Diana M., Bronx, NY
"Thanks Frania for the kind words and the (as usual awesome) write up. We love
working with you to help us with Jadie! As first time dog guardians, we really
benefit from both the advice and comfort you give. We interact from time to time
with the North Shore Animal League (the organization that rescued Jadie) - I
assume you are OK if I recommend you to them? They are considering doing a
"feature" on Jadie in their newsletter - and I would like to talk to them about you
so maybe more NYers that adopt through North Shore would hear about our
experience with you." -Andrew G., NY. NY
"Frania's an animal behaviorist, and I got information about her from her
website: animalbehaviorist.us. I told her my predicament and arranged for
her to visit with Terra and me at our house. When she arrived at our house she
immediately identified the problems at hand. She helped me patiently in all
areas of training, and even brought along her own dog, Daisy, so that Terra could
experience socializing with an older dog. The list of things Frania helped me with
is too long to include here. She recommended readings for me and showed me all
the various strategies for getting Terra to become a proper young lady. Most of
all, though, she dealt with my perceived need to use forceful coercion, rough
handling and loud words, and occasional slaps and solitary confinements, shut-ins
and shut-outs. She worked with me patiently, and finally convinced me I need
none of that. Not that Iever could have broken (my puppy's) spirit. But my own
spirit has survived what I entered upon as an ordeal, and I'm surely a better
person for discovering how beautifully my gentleness works with Terra. All
that, thanks to Frania."-Rocky T., Brooklyn, NY
"This is great, Frania, thank you. We're happy to report the boys are already
happier and peeing/pooping less with the move of the litter box, adding cat nip,
no more water bottle spritzing, and the addition of playing sessions. Little by
little we're going to incorporate all of your suggestions." - Dara F., NY, NY
"Dear Frania, Many thanks for you for your advice and expertise.
I'm happy to say that Grizzly has continued his dry streak. It's now been
Beyond that, your advice has helped us better understand this wild creature we
live with and support him to have a more enjoyable life. We ordered the food
puzzle, incline scratcher, litter additive and a few beds. After you put the
valerian in the kitty condo, he slept in it for days. We will continue that.
You have a gift and I'm so happy we had a chance to experience you in action.
Next project: nail clipping!" -Madhu M., Bronx, NY
"We will miss you as well! We've learned so so much! I practiced "stay" w/her in
the dog run... and she responded beautifully!"
-Ana M., NY, NY
"We just wanted to give you an update on Ella.
We have been living in Phoenix for about 2 months now in a house and a
backyard and Ella has completely turned it around!
She never has accidents anymore, she lets herself out through the dog door
whenever she needs to go out, its really been an amazing change for her.
Anyway we wanted to let you know how well she is doing and thanks so much
for your help along the way." - Meg and Justin, Phoenix, AZ
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