Meet Our Certified Head Trainer



Shelby is a member of Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) and a certified dog trainer with Animal Behavior college. After graduating from the University of Michigan in 2007, Shelby began training dogs as a full time career and passion.

Using positive reinforcement techniques, she specializes in puppy training and basic obedience as well as behavior modification for NYC sensitivity, handling issues, on leash reactivity, doorbell excitement, separation anxiety, and more.

She grew up on Long Island in a household that constantly had 3 dogs at a time, one always being a German Shepherd. She is now the proud owner of Chihuahua Xena and Pomeranian Taz, whose behavioral issues keep her training skills up to par!


About Us

We use our extensive knowledge of puppy development to help raise puppies between 8 weeks and 8 months old. Our program has been specifically tailored to assist in the socialization process throughout the puppy-hood lifecycle, complete with an individualized training curriculum formatted and instructed by our certified trainer, Shelby Semel.

Puppy Paws, NYC was formed in 2005 as an offspring of its parent company Running Paws, Inc.(, the first dog running company in the world. Due to Running Paws' stellar reputation and superior service, people frequently approached Running Paws asking for a service to provide care for younger dogs still unable to participate in our daycare or running programs. To fulfill this need, Puppy Paws, NYC was born.