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Kelli Grigg 

Canine Behaviorist and Dog Trainer, Birmingham Alabama

Kelli Grigg is a 3D Dog certified canine behaviorist and dog trainer located in Birmingham, Alabama. 


She graduated from the University of North Florida with a B.A. in English and a Psychology minor. A senior semester psychology course titled Animal Behavior ignited a passion for animal behavior and conservation. After gaining a Zoo Animal Technology degree from Santa Fe College, Kelli accumulated seven and a half years of zoo-keeping experience.


During this time, Kelli developed a myriad of specialized skills working with large and small exotic animals with a focus on carnivore training.


These included: African lions, Malayan tiger, Red pandas, Coyotes, Fishing Cats, Bobcat, Ocelot, and now dogs!

As a canine behavior expert, Kelli brings a rich understanding of animal cognition and behavior to the team, and is excited to use that knowledge to benefit area families and their four-legged friends.

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  • University of North FloridaB.A. English Literature, Psychology Minor 2012, Santa Fe College

  • A.A.S. Zoo Animal Technology 2014


3D Dog Certified Canine Behaviorist 2021

  • Canine behavior modification and training

  • Anxiety disorder rehabilitation​

  • Skills development

  • Relationship-based training

  • Cognitive-behavioral consultation

  • Service and therapy dog training​


Birmingham Zoo – Predator Keeper II 2015-2020

  • Trained all animals within the department including: African lions, Malayan tiger, Red pandas, Coyotes, Fishing Cats, Bobcat, Ocelot, and other small cat species.



  • Voluntary x-ray of leg, Fishing cat

  • Paw Presentation for nail trims, Ocelot

  • Paw presentation for medical checks, Bobcat

  • Hip presentation for injections, African lion

  • Aspiration of cancerous mass, Malayan tiger

  • Voluntary blood pressure readings, Red panda

  • Voluntary application of topical flea medication, Bobcat



  • Freeport-McMoran Audubon Species Survival Center internship, New Orleans

  • Assisted regional biologist in banding and translocation of Red-cockaded Woodpeckers in North Florida region, 2017

  • Observation of police K-9 training, Gainesville, FL, 2013

  • Behavioral observation study of Red-footed Tortoises, Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo, Gainesville, FL, 2013

  • Behavioral observation study of African lions at Jacksonville Zoo, 2011

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