After 51 years of marriage, 2 children,
and 7 dogs, we adopted a 3 month old Leavitt Bulldog. Although loving and lovable, Larry soon showed very unpredictable behavior and difficulty interacting with other dogs. We kept him at home and avoided public places.
Several months later, Larry was a strong athletic dog but unpredictable, lunging at other dogs and working himself into a frenzy when outside, making walks frightening and leaving us all feeling overwhelmed.
Then we found Christina. After a simple and easy meeting with her followed by a hands on evaluation of Larry on the sidewalk, she quickly understood the behavioral problems and began educating and training us as well as Larry.
Under Christina’s tutelage, Larry’s transformation to a fun companion was rapid, straightforward, and reliable. Walking him very quickly became a pleasure instead of something to dread each day. We are still amazed and thrilled and very grateful to her for her expertise and her palpable love for her students. I would just like others to know how our lives have been changed by her expertise and caring. Another huge "thank you" to Christina!
Kathy D. We first met Christina in 2002 we needed a behaviorist who understood the make up of a Keeshond. Well what a find! Comet was SO in love with her and we were truly amazed and knew we found a gem! Comet loved Christina so much that if I wanted to get him to come inside all I'd have to do is pretend Christina was in the house and he'd come running. Prior to find Christina (a Loooong deliberate search) we had your "old World" type trainer come in, Comet was not happy, we fired him on his second lesson AND to prove the difference, he was in the neighborhood one day a few years later and it produced stress in Comet, his fear was unreal! NEVER that with Christina, she truly changed his life and ours. We had her back for our Freya in 2004 and will again soon for Baldur. She is a dog whisperer!
Christina is a hero! She came into our family home, where we were having the most difficulty with my pekingese - poodle mix, Mookie and started treatment immediately. She was able to quickly diagnose Mookie s fear-agressive behavior and formulated a plan for us to relearn and move forward. While Christina s skill set certainly includes intellect and instinct, she is also kind, caring and understanding. She even brought another one of her clients into our house so that we could trigger Mookies fear of strangers. This client came for several weeks until Mookie was eating out of her hand! We have been so lucky to have Christina as our teacher and truly have a happier, friendlier, more peaceful dog because of her dedication to us. If you are serious about doing your homework and helping your dog interact with your family, Christina is the one.
We highly recommend Christina! From the very first meeting, she came into our home and pointed out things that were stressful to our beloved dog Fergus, and when we made those changes he became a completely different dog. He loved to see Christina every time she visited and was very receptive to her positive direction. Before Christina, we were afraid to walk Fergus because of his unpredictable aggression toward other dogs and some humans. Christina is very intuitive when it comes to aggression issues, and with her positive training techniques his behavior immediately changed. We were very drawn to Christina because of her vast knowledge of Animal Behavior which we feel made such a difference with Fergus. Without Christina's help we wouldn't be able to keep Fergus in the environment he was in much longer without something terrible happening. Today, we are now confidently taking Fergus for walks and are forever grateful to Christina for helping our family and for helping Fergus become the loving dog we always knew could be. His aggression issues have virtually ceased to exist and today Fergus is a happy, well adjusted dog who "plays well with others".
Best behaviorist ever!!.
Last April I adopted a chocolate brown whippet mix that I named Godiva. From the beginning she was extremely anxious and hypereactive. She would bark incessantly, jumped on visitors and licked them frantically. She would growl if I petted her, and growled louder if I stopped. I nicknamed her "Diva." I have been a pet owner for 30 years and for the first time I was stumped by my pet's behavior.
Enter Chrisitna... She quickly assessed that Diva was very insecure and that she needed consistency and firm limits so she could feel secure knowing that I was in charge. She made me realize that by barking, whining and howling she was manipulating me. Christina encouraged me to use "tough love" and gain Diva's respect.
We did some obedience and some life rewards training and some calming exercises. we also did some desesitization exercises and I learned to pet her without triggering her. Christina also recommended some toys to keep her busy and stimulated and be more independent.
Now she is much calmer and obedient. She does not bark at my neighbor's door at six a.m.and does not lunge at passersby while on walks. Thanks to Christina she is the loving happy dog she was meant to be.
Christina holds herself to the highest standards and is always very professional. I wholeheartedly recommend her!
Incredible behavior specialist!.
I could not say enough good things about Christina, the behavior specialist who owns this business - she is INCREDIBLE. Our 1 year old lab puppy was suffering from severe separation anxiety and after going from trainer to trainer with minimal results that didn't last and included confining her to a crate. We kept listening because we felt helpless, exhausted and had been told this was the "only way" to treat separation anxiety.
Thankfully, due to a wonderful vet tech we knew, we were informed of the difference between a trainer and behavior specialist and that we needed to speak to a dog behavior expert, someone truly qualified, educated and specialized to work with behavior problems in dogs.
Not only did we love working with Christina, our dog loved her and we all learned so much from the experience, She is beyond gifted and truly loves her work which shows through in her dedication and commitment.
Separation anxiety is a very difficult thing to deal with in a dog and it can be exhausting and push you to the limit...but if you find someone as great as Christina and follow the plan - you will get your life back.
i really cannot say enough great things about Christina and her work - meeting her changed our lives and gave us back our freedom. We can actually leave our apt now and not worry about our pup barking or panicking ...we never thought we would get here...but we did with the right help.
Christina is a True Miracle Worker for Dogs and Their Owners. Christina is amazing and it is because of her that my husband and I were able to keep the 11-month old black lab mix that we adopted. Our dog was terrified to be on the leash in the city and was nearly impossible to control on leash. Even worse, although incredibly loving and friendly normally, he became aggressive to both dogs and people when leashed. We went through two other trainers before meeting Christina, and had nearly given up hope. But Christiana turned the entire picture around in only a few sessions. She taught him to walk next to us on the leash (something I never thought was possible with our dog) and worked with us to change his emotions while on leash. Now, he rarely ever barks at other dogs and never at people. She is a true expert in the field, smart, kind and utterly professional. I would recommend Christina to anyone who has a dog with behavioral issues. Thank you Christina!
Incredibe Dog Behavourist. Rosie, our rescue pit bull, is a changed dog thanks to Christina. In August we adopted Rosie, who at the time was estimated to be 2 1/2 years old. Soon thereafter we observed she was dog aggressive. For me (having grown up with labs) and my husband (who had boxers) this was a new experience for us and we were a bit concerned with this behavior. Did dog aggression mean Rosie was also prone to be aggressive towards humans? Could dog aggression be treated? Could this adorable pit bull who had won over our hearts at the shelter be dangerous for our family? Our minds ran wild and all of a sudden we were panic stricken and torn. We could never dream of returning Rosie to the kill shelter but was she safe to keep? Were pit bulls all they were rumored to be? Not the type of people to give us so easily, we spent the next few days educating ourselves. We spoke with experts (including our vet), researched pit bulls and scoured the NYC area for a reputable and very experienced dog behaviourist until we came across Christina.. and thank goodness we did. Over the next 72 hours we learned more about pit bulls than I could have possibly imagined. In a nutshell, we learned the following important facts: From our vet we learned that dog aggression is in no way shape or form linked to people aggression. So no, just because Rosie was dog aggressive did not mean she was human aggressive. From our research we learned that pit bulls, as a breed, score higher on tempermant tests than labs, golden retrievers and many other dogs thought to be the best family dogs. From our incredible dog behaviourist, Christina, we learned and experienced the power of positive, reward based training. Dog aggression is absolutely treatable. In only 8 weeks, Rosie went from a dog that lurched, lunged and barked at every passing dog (to the extent that we had to walk around cars to avoid dogs on sidewalks) to a dog that could pass a pack of dogs without hardly noticing. Christina completely rehabilitated her by teaching us, Rosie's owners, how to use positive, reward based training (in carefully planned out stages) to change Rosie's psychology of other dogs. It was amazing and not something my husband nor I thought possible. Most importantly, from our own experiences with Rosie over the past 4 months we learned that pit bulls are amazing, affectionate and extremely loyal dogs that just wanted to be rubbed, loved and nurtured. My husband and I have a 17 month old son. Rosie could not be a better companion for him and is extremely patient, especially when our son takes his toys, jumps on his dog bed or steals his food. Rosie only wishes she could sneak in a few more licks! We can't thank Christina enough for educating us on how misunderstood pit bulls are and showing us how wonderful they can be, both inside and outside the house. It's unfortunate that the small subculture who abuses this loving breed can have such a profound influence on how the rest of the population views these beautiful creatures.
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