Creating Harmonious Homes for Hounds and Humans!

Happy hound. Happy human. Harmonious home.

Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.

– Roger A. Caras

Happy hound. Happy human. Harmonious home.

Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.

– Roger A. Caras

We can help

Are you a proud pet parent who needs help to prepare your dog for a newborn?

Or have the first months with your newborn and dog gone smoothly, but now your dog is showing signs of stress with a mobile baby, toddler, or teenager?

Let us soothe your concerns

Are you concerned about the relationship between your dog and your child?

Is your dog showing signs of distress around your child?

Expert Guidance from a licensed professional

Kristina is a Licensed Family Paws® Parent Educator* who offers customized coaching packages for parents designed to support you and your dog through the many stages of child development. Babies and toddlers grow and change so much in the first years; it is important to receive updated recommendations to help you adapt to these changes. From pre and post-natal through toddlerhood and beyond, Kristina can help you to create a harmonious home.

Choose your level of support

As every family’s needs and challenges are unique, Kristina offers several options for you to choose what level of support you would like to receive:
Individual Consultation

This option is best for the family that wants short-term support and includes:

  • A pre-consultation review of your intake and history form.
  • The Dogs & Storks or Dogs & Toddlers webinar plus relevant handouts.
  • A one-hour consultation via Zoom where we will assess your current concerns and issues.
  • Safety recommendations you can immediately implement as well as tips and information relevant to your current situation.
  • Two 30-minute Zoom follow-up sessions.


Trainer on Retainer program

Babies grow and change so much in the first few years as they move through their various stages of development.  Each developmental stage brings with it new movements, sounds, and equipment that are novel experiences for your dog.  Many dogs find the stage of developing mobility (rolling over, crawling, walking) particularly challenging.  It is important to update and adapt recommendations to support your unique family through all these changes.

This is why Kristina offers Trainer-On-Retainer options where you choose the length of time to receive support. This model has provided many families with peace of mind as they navigate all the changes of the first few years of a baby’s life.

Compared to Individual Consultations, Trainer-On-Retainer packages help to increase safety and decrease stress while providing additional services and value.

Here’s what you can expect with each one-month, three-month, or six-month package:

Everything in the Initial Consultation PLUS:

  1. Unlimited virtual meetings via the use of the Marco Polo video app for questions, demos, and support as often as you wish/ need.
  2. Zoom meetings as needed.
  3. Email/ text support as needed.
  4. Handouts specific to your baby’s developmental stages to guide your progress and activities.
  5. Dogs & Toddlers webinar and other relevant videos.

Why sign up for one of Kristina's positive, fun, and practical babies and dogs coaching packages?

  • Research has shown that ongoing support through the baby’s changing developmental stages is incredibly helpful for families with dogs.
  • It’s not all on you—a professional helps to dramatically increase safety and decrease stress and strife while you and your dog adjust to life with baby and toddler.
  • It’s flexible and convenient; you get to choose in-person coaching (in Santa Barbara, Goleta, and Carpinteria) or virtual coaching in the comfort of your own home.

* Launched in 2002, Family Paws® is a company with a variety of services and programs for young families with dogs. ( Licensed practitioners are dedicated to increasing safety and reducing stress for pet parents who are expecting a baby as well as families with dogs and toddlers.®

Here is what the founder of the Family Paws® Parent Education program has to say about Kristina:

Kristina is extremely knowledgeable and thoughtful when it comes to her assessments and suggestions.

“Kristina and I have been working together for over 2 years through the Family Paws® programs.  I admire Kristina’s ability to connect with people and pinpoint what direction they will be most successful moving forward in.  Kristina is extremely knowledgeable and thoughtful when it comes to her assessments and suggestions.  Whether you are preparing with your dog for life with baby or you are looking to fine-tune several cute tricks, Kristina has the skills and dedication to support you every step of the way and I would highly recommend reaching out to her!”

– Jennifer Shryock, B.A. CDBC, Founder/ Director of Family Paws® Parent Education

Find out what clients have to say about Kristina