No matter whether clients choose to do private lessons, the Bootcamp program, or virtual training, we always start with a consultation. This lasts between 60 and 90 minutes. During the consultation, the client and trainer go over everything that’s going on with the dog and come up with a training plan to help achieve the discussed goals. Following the consultation, clients receive a detailed homework sheet with instructions for what to work on with their pups until we meet with them again.
After the initial consultation, clients may decide on private lessons. During private lessons, the trainer and client meet every one to two weeks for an hour. This can be in the client’s home or in a different environment if an issue occurs outside the home. The client and trainer briefly go over the previous homework sheet and then really start getting more hands-on work. Clients receive a homework sheet following each lesson, with follow-up communication between trainer and client until we meet again.
After the consultation, clients may decide on the Boot Camp program. During Boot Camp, a trainer comes to the client’s home during the day for a minimum of two times a week. The trainer works with the dog one-on-one without the client being present. Afterwards, clients receive detailed notes of what was worked on and how to reinforce what the pup has learned. This is ideal for clients who want to resolve an issue more quickly, or for clients with busy homes or schedules.
After the consultation, clients may decide on the virtual training program. With virtual training, the trainer and client meet via video call, twice a week, for 30 minutes at a time. The trainer instructs the client on training or behavior modification with regard to the client's specific training goals, and may demonstrate a particular training technique with their "demo dog." Each week, clients receive a training task list to guide them in their day-to-day interactions. This program offers schedule flexibility, and clients can achieve the same results as with in-person training.
Kristina has been an animal advocate for over 15 years. She has worked with dogs in daycares, walked dogs, worked in shelters, and volunteered with rescue groups as both an adoption counselor and a foster mom. It wasn’t until she adopted her two dogs, Porter & Cass, that Kristina realized that she wanted to be a dog trainer. The dogs came with some behavioral issues, but with the help of some great dog trainers she started making significant progress and decided she wanted to pay it forward to others.
Kristina enrolled in an intensive apprenticeship program with Stacy Alldredge at Who’s Walking Who in New York and was soon hired on as a full-time trainer where she did private appointments, taught classes in basic and intermediate obedience, and taught agility & tricks classes. Kristina has had the opportunity to work with a wide variety of dogs, with issues both big and small. She has experience helping with new puppies, resolving house training issues, teaching basic through advanced obedience, and helping the more serious fear, separation anxiety & aggression cases.
Kristina is Certified by the Council of Professional Dog Trainers (CPDT-KA). She has completed Andrew Ramsey’s Train the Trainer Nosework seminar and continues to attend workshops and conferences in the field of dog behavior. She has taken other dog behavior courses (with a focus on dog aggression) taught by some of the leaders in the field. Kristina not only owns and operates her own dog training company, she also continues to volunteer and advocate for shelter dogs, most recently working with Angel City Pit Bulls in Los Angeles.
Training dogs and helping their families is not just her profession — it’s her passion.