Amy Shojai

Amy Shojai, CABC, is a certified animal behavior consultant. She is a puppy expert, published author with 27 pet care books, and pet advocate.


  • Certified animal behavior consultant
  • Author of 27 books on pet care
  • 25 years experience as a pet journalist
  • Award-winning freelance writer on pets 
  • Contributed pet care and behavior to The Spruce Pets for 4 years


Amy Shojai, CABC, is a former writer for The Spruce, contributing articles for four years. She is the author of 27 pet care books, a certified animal behavior consultant (cats and dogs), and a nationally known authority on pet care and behavior. As a full-time professional pet journalist for more than 25 years, Amy has interviewed several hundred veterinarians and pet experts for her books on behavior, training, health, first aid, "holistic" care, and cutting-edge veterinary medicine. She has made many radio and television appearances.

Amy is a professional member of the Dog Writers Association of America (DWAA) and founder of Cat Writers Association (CWA).


Amy is an Animal Behavior Consultant, certified by the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. She has a degree from Goshen College and worked as a veterinary technician for more than a dozen veterinarians. She attends continuing education events at veterinary conferences, animal behavior classes, and dog training seminars to stay current on information important to the well-being of puppies, dogs, and cats.

Awards and Publications

Amy Shojai has been recognized with dozens of writing awards including two DWAA Maxwell Medallions awarded for her The Spruce contributions as "Best Dog Website" and three "CWA Friskies Writer of the Year" awards. She has appeared as a pet expert on Animal Planet's "DOGS 101" and "CATS 101."

Selected Books:

  • "Dog Facts: The Pet Parent's A-to-Z Home Encyclopedia"
  • "New Choices in Natural Healing for Dogs & Cats"
  • "Complete Care for Your Aging Cat"
  • "Complete Puppy Care"
  • "ComPETability: Solving Behavior Problems in Your Multi-Cat Household"
  • "PETiquette: Solving Behavior Problems in Your Multi-Pet Household"
Expertise: Animal behavior
Education: Goshen College
Location: Mckinney, Texas
Title: Author

About The Spruce

The Spruce, a Dotdash brand, is a new kind of home website offering practical, real-life tips and inspiration to help you create your best home. The Spruce family of brands, including The Spruce, The Spruce Eats, The Spruce Pets, and The Spruce Crafts collectively reach 30 million people each month.

For more than 20 years, Dotdash brands have been helping people find answers, solve problems, and get inspired. We are one of the top-20 largest content publishers on the Internet according to comScore, a leading Internet measurement company, and reach more than 30% of the U.S. population every month. Our brands collectively have won more than 20 industry awards in the last year alone and, most recently, Dotdash was named Publisher of the Year by Digiday, a leading industry publication.

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