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03/08/2015
By: Richard A.
NY Clever K9 Inc.
Christina saved our dog's life.We rescued a 70 pound pit mix with massive behavior issues including biting, lunging randomly, pulling on walks and leash aggression. The leash aggression was so bad that we could spend 10 minutes trying to wrest the leash from his mouth, and would frequently get bitten in the process. Expecting a baby in months, we gave him only a few months to shape up or ship out. Christina was not our first trainer / behaviorist. We started with Petco (nice people but not prepared for our dog), then a team who put him on the eCollar, and another behaviorist from Upstate. All had helped a little but he was still unpredictable and unmanageable. I can't say that the results when we met Christina were instant (although she could instantly handle him!) But when he and I put into practice the completely manageable lessons that Christina taught us he has transformed from a dog who pulls and bites to a dog capable of walking with me, paying attention and not flipping out on every walk. Her calming techniques and insights into our dog's actions were remarkable and effective. Now, one year and lots of practice later, we completely trust our dog around our newborn. If your dog seems hopeless, there is no Cesar Milan out there - that's TV magic. Christina is clearly the path to success and is worth her (somewhat expensive) fee.
04/16/2015
By: Alicia S.
NY Clever K9 Inc.
Christina Shusterich of NY Clever K9 is a miracle worker! Since moving to NYC, our dog Blue became very frightened and skittish on walks but worse she soon became very anxious when left alone, something that had never happened before. She would completely panic, circling us when we tried ti leave and barking non stop when we were gone. This became a huge problem as several neighbors complained and we got a warning from the Board and were new to the building. We tried a trainer who put a citronella collar on her which she just barded through and told us to crate her - she injured he mouth (a vet trip) trying to chew through the crate. A coworker recommended Christina who immediately started working on both problem, making changes almost as soon as she walked in - no crate! It seems miraculous but over sessions and with practice we can now leave Blue alone and she is so much calmer on walks. Christina was also very compassionate, not just to Blue but us too as we were extremely stressed. We really can't thank her enough and highly recommend her
10/31/2012
By: zoeszst
NY Clever K9 Inc.
Christina is just an amazing behaviorist, the session our rescue dog Cappy had was way beyond our expectations. Doing rescue work I have never seen anyone work so dramatically or quickly, she was able to not only keep Cappy from exhibiting any of the aggressive signs of fear of strangers that we began seeing in him but to engage him and bring out a playfulness we hadn't seen before (but suspected!) We have been seeing amazing changes in Cappy since she came -- he is much less fearful, more confident, engaged, more animated... happier! We think Christina is a terrific find
03/18/2014
By: Laura S.
Glendale Veterinary Clinic
I went there for my cat's first exam. Everyone was very friendly. I could tell that they really like animals. The doctor was very nice and took her time to explain everything I needed to know about having a new cat (I never had a cat before, only dogs). She answered all of my questions. Their prices are very reasonable. I liked it a lot, and I am definitely planning to go back.
Tips & Advices
Pet owners usually sign a waiver stating that any injury or illness a dog suffers while at daycare is the responsibility of the owner. However, most facilities carry liability insurance and pet business insurance in the event of a serious incident. To prevent illness, facilities are strict about requiring proof of vaccination and general health from a veterinarian prior to accepting a dog. However, in an off-leash setting, scuffles or fights might occur. Reputable facilities will often hire vet assistants who can treat minor injuries and under-the-weather dogs.  For anything more serious, a good daycare should make it a priority to get the dog to a vet, and get in immediate contact with the owner.

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