Shannon Grubbs attended Radford University her freshman year of college as a biology major. She then decided change her major to psychology and transfer to the University of Mary Washington due to their exceptional psychology program. While attending Mary Washington she participated in an internship that conducted research on the psychology of animals, specifically dogs. She completed three more years at Mary Washington and received her bachelor’s degree for psychology. She then Went on to grad school and completed her masters degree. Following grad school she was hired at a canine rehabilitation center. At this facility, most of her work was centered around rehabilitating military dogs with PTSD. She eventually worked her way up and became one of the head managers of the facility.