Frania Shelley-Grielen’s New Book Gives Cats, Dogs ‘Voice’ in Their Well-Being

Expert author uses experience, scientific findings to advocate for pets in ‘Cats and Dogs’.

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New York (PRWEB) April 14, 2014

Cats and dogs still rank among America’s most popular pets, with cats being the number one pet but with more households owning dogs, according to the 2013-2014 American Pet Products Association National Pet Owners Survey. Even with this being the case, author Frania Shelley-Grielen notes that many books pertaining to companion animal behavior and training focus on either cats or dogs, not both. She remedies this with her new book, “Cats and Dogs: Living with and Looking at Companion Animals from Their Point of View” (published by Archway Publishing).

A thought-provoking read, “Cats and Dogs” aims to help pet-lovers interested in knowing more about how cats and dogs think and feel from a feline or canine point of view. The book focuses on developing empathy in a species specific way to add to the human-to-pet relationship and offers insight into animal behavior and communication along with practical training strategies, tips and guidelines for living with pets.

“My book focuses on helping pet guardians deepen and reframe the human-animal bond with a better understanding of what welfare might be for each animal and how we contribute to it through our views, the environments we create and our interactions,” Shelley-Grielen says. “By developing an informed, empathetic approach, I also help you to recognize natural behaviors and learn how to work with them to promote basics: from better litter box behaviors to successful cat integrations as well as working with fearful dogs, how to address barking and so much more.”

Shelley-Grielen has a master’s degree in animal behavior, is a licensed pet care technician teacher and is a registered therapy animal handler. The knowledge gained from her education and many years of experience working with both animals and their people, combined with her deep love for all animals, inspired in Shelley-Grielen a desire to help people more fully consider the well-being of their pets while seeing them as individuals who experience the world in a way that is very different from humans.

“Every day, new studies are being published on the benefits of promoting animal welfare and the existence and vast extent of animal sentience, cognition and reasoning capabilities. Studies that legitimately validate and measure the rich emotional, intellectual and behavioral worlds of animals,” Shelley-Grielen writes.

“Cats and Dogs”
By Frania Shelley-Grielen
Softcover | 5.5 x 8.5 in | 250 pages | ISBN 9781480803398
E-Book | 250 pages | ISBN 9781480803404
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author

Frania Shelley-Grielen holds master’s degrees in animal behavior and urban planning. She writes for on pets, animal welfare and animal behavior. She is also the author of “Confessions of a Bed and Breakfast Diva, Hospitality Lessons from the Other Side of the Desk.” She currently works as a behavior consultant, trainer and educator. She lives in New York City with her husband and cat and dog. Her website is

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