"Amazing! Rosie, our rescue pit bull, is a changed dog thanks to Christina.In August we adopted Rosie, who was estimated to be 2 1/2 years old. Soon we observed she was severely dog aggressive. Could dog aggression be treated, were pit bulls really dangerous and was she safe to keep, especially with our 17 month old son? We scoured the NYC area for a reputable and very experienced dog behavioristuntil we came across Christina..and thank goodness we did! Rosie went from a dogthat 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 barely noticing.Christina is an incredible behaviorist and completely rehabilitated herby 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 andnot something my husband or I thought possible. We also can't thank Christina enough for educating us on how misunderstood pit bulls are and showing us how wonderful they can be. Rosie is an amazing, affectionate, beautiful dog."
– Vail Weymann, NYC
"Christina changed our world. It is because of her that my husband and I were able to keep our black lab mix, Teddy. Teddy was terrified to be on leash in the city and was nearly impossible to control - it took all of my strength to avoid being dragged down the streets of Brooklyn. Even worse, although incredibly loving and friendly anywhere else, he showed signs of aggression toward other dogs and sometimes people when leashed. Wewent through two trainers before meeting Christina, and had nearly given up hope. But Christina changed everything! She taught him to walk next to us on the leash (something I never thought was possible) and worked with us to change his emotions while on leash. Now, he rarely ever barks at other dogs and never at people. She even helped teach Teddy's older brother useful commands while teaching Teddy. She is a true expert in her field: smart, kind, encouraging and utterly professional. I wouldhighly recommend Christinato anyone who has a dog with behavior issues, big or small. She gave me faith that any behavior issue can be corrected with the right training and some patience and time. Now that Teddy has "graduated", we already miss her!"
- Julie Lauch, Brooklyn, NY
"INCREDIBLE! I could not say enough good things about Christina, the behaviorist who owns this business. Our 1 year old lab wassuffering from severe separation anxietyand we had wasted time and money 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."
- Jenn SanClements, NYC
"My wife and I adopted our beloved Maltese, Georgie, who soon began exhibiting some small signs of aggression. It escalated one morning to the point where Georgie growled at and severely bit my wife in the hand. The bite was bad enough to warrant a hospital visit and some serious re-thinking about Georgie’s place in our household. Our options were limited: either find a new home for this adorable little dog, or find out what the problem was and address it thoroughly and quickly. Christina’s work with Georgie has been transformative for both him and us. She was able to teach us where the aggression was stemming from - resource guarding - and develop a comprehensive course of corrective actions. After behavioral modification we have noticed a completely positive change in Georgie; he shows very little sign of the aggression that greatly worried us and has become a more loving and docile animal. Equally as important - we have learned much about ourselves and how to handle many different types of behavioral issues. None of this would have been achieved without Christina’s help and guidance. We highly recommend her services. With much appreciation."
- Jamie, John & Georgie Devall, Queens NY
"Miracle Worker! I adopted Poe, a 3½ year old neutered Pit Bull mix. I quickly discovered he was sweet as can be but was completely out of control.Jumping on kitchen counters, living room tables, my stove and any other furniture you can think of. He desperately needed training and he also showed signs of dominance aggression, where he would uncontrollably corner and mount non stop anyone who came in my home as well as my couch cushions. I found Christina and within the end of the first of my 5 sessions with her there was already a HUGE differencewith Poe. She really understands dogs and knows how to read them. Christina uses nothing but a calm demeanor and positive reinforcement and it truly works with the animal. I really thought nothing would workwith Poe and I have had animals my entire life. I have had him almost a year now and he is such a good boy thanks to Christina and her miracle work!!"
- Erika Waxman, NYC
"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 Fergusin 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 he could be. His aggression issues have virtually ceased to exist and today Fergus is a happy, well adjusted dog who “plays well with others".
Christina Shusterich Demonstrates Her New Baby To Home Program on CBS
A&E Bloodwork: "Canine Crime Solvers "Christina discusses the various aspects of dogs performing police work on the international series Bloodwork, frequently airing on the A&E Crime & Investigation Channel
A&E Bloodwork: "Hidden Graves" Christina Shusterich discusses how search and rescue dogs perform on the international series Bloodwork, frequently airing on the A&E Crime & Investigation Channel
CBS Channel 2 News: Calming Dogs/Herbal Supplements. Christina discusses herbal supplements for dogs and demonstrates her techniques as she successfully calms a dog and the non-efficacy of a holistic pill advertised to calm dogs, aired March 3, 2009, re-broadcast March 8, 2009
23 of Christina's Tips published in the 2010 book "The Association Of Pet Dog Trainers Top Tips from Top Trainers: 1001 Practical Tips and Techniques for Successful Dog Care and Training.
The APDT is the most highly regarded professsional Dog Trainer Association