CPT Travel Blog- CPT Visits Barcelona- Days 4 – 6

CPT Travel Blog- CPT Visits Barcelona- Days 4 – 6

Day 4- SA July 29: Picasso Museum, Museum of Modern European Art, Museo de Cerna, Maritime Museum, The Farmacia, and Sun Poisoning When I woke up in the morning I was hungry after eating only 2 meals the prior day. Therefore, I immediately searched for a restaurant that served el desayuno (breakfast). I found a place on Borbó that advertised a reasonably priced Spanish omelet breakfast. After eating there I can come to only 2 […]

Early Socialization

Early Socialization

Be sure to socialize your puppy early and often. Early socialization to people, puppies, dogs, cats, multiple floor and ground substrates, novel objects, noises, and various environments will maximize the probability that your future adult dog will become a happy and welcome member of the community.

Considerations When Hiring an Expert Witness in Dog Behavior

Considerations When Hiring an Expert Witness in Dog Behavior

A Case Example of a Man in Need of an Expert Witness: Bennett Anderson walked into the Cobb County jailhouse.  However, he did not enter under his own accord.  Law enforcement officers surrounded his body and controlled his every movement. His hands were cuffed behind his back.  The tightness of the metal braces around his wrists limited his circulation and caused a stinging pain.  The accompanying bruises would remain for days.  The emotional humiliation and […]

The Importance of Dog and Litter Evaluations

The Importance of Dog and Litter Evaluations

Evaluations for Service Dog Programs When CPT designs a client’s service dog program the first step is a Phase I- Introductory Meeting. During the Meeting, we: a) obtain medical details regarding the recipient’s disability, b) discuss the limitations and effects posed by the disability, c) outline the overall goals and objectives of the program, d) specify the behaviors requested of the dog, so that the dog provides the greatest benefit to the recipient, e) design […]

Canine Play Styles

Canine Play Styles

CPT Trainers often get asked, “Is my dog playing or fighting?” Similarly, our Head Trainers conduct behavioral analyses of dogs removed from dog day care because the day care operator and dog owner are uncertain regarding the intent of a dog’s behavior or because the operator says that a dog plays “too rough.” Therefore, the natural segue leads to several questions: How can I tell if my dog is playing or fighting? How rough is […]

Leash Aggression: What Is It and How Can I Control It?

Leash Aggression: What Is It and How Can I Control It?

The term leash aggression is used to describe dogs that bark, lunge, pull, and carry on, in a reactive and escalated state, toward another dog (or person) while they are attached to a leash. These type of intense behaviors usually don’t exist when the leash is absent from the equation; it’s very possible for a dog to be friendly and playful at a leash-free dog park and still show signs of leash aggression on walks. […]

When To Start Training Your Puppy

When To Start Training Your Puppy

Unsure when the right time is to start properly training your puppy?  Well guess what, you started training your puppy the moment you brought your pup home!  You’re probably asking yourself, “If training started the moment I brought my pup home home, what specifically was I teaching? ” Listed below are a few things you may have inadvertently taught your puppy already: “My puppy barks in his crate…so I let him out” – What has this taught […]

Things You May Not Know About Dog Psychology

Things You May Not Know About Dog Psychology

We all know our pets are special, but advancements in science and technology have allowed researchers to offer some additional insight into dog psychology. Currently we know much more about dog psychology and behaviors, dog training techniques and the way that a dog’s mind functions than we did years in the past. Since so many developments have been made in this area, we thought it might be helpful to have a list of ten things […]

Tips For Introducing Dogs

Tips For Introducing Dogs

Introducing dogs to one another while they are on their leashes can still be potentially hazardous. Dogs that are well socialized and friendly typically react differently when faced with the space restrictions and added frustration that leashes sometimes cause, especially when greeting an unfamiliar dog. In a perfect world all dogs would be capable of being introduced to each other in a calm state of mind, and without the limitation of a leash.  Unfortunately the […]

In-Home Dog Training Lessons May Be the Solution for Your Nervous Puppy

In-Home Dog Training Lessons May Be the Solution for Your Nervous Puppy

Once you bring home a new puppy or dog, obedience training, teaching household manners, and establishing a routine is important to maximizing happiness for both you and your new addition. Although your dog may be a warm, bundle of love, he/she may also arrive with undesirable behaviors or habits. Group classes are an excellent solution for teaching new obedience behaviors to a confident dog. Unfortunately, group class may not be an ideal venue for an […]

Positive Reinforcement is The Key to Successful Dog Training

Positive Reinforcement is The Key to Successful Dog Training

Group dog training classes are great for puppies, dogs you just brought home from the shelter, or existing pets that you wish were better behaved. Even senior dogs are rarely too old to learn new tricks! Although there are many places you can take your dog for dog training classes, you are best enrolling with a company that: 1) has a comfortable and spacious indoor location, 2) features personable and experienced trainers, and 3) emphasizes […]

Heroes Hidden in Plain Site

Heroes Hidden in Plain Site

Physical assistance dogs are often an over-looked, and sometimes, under-appreciated part of society. For those with physical or mental handicaps, the freedom provided by these dogs is unmatched. In many cases dogs can be trained to act with strength; to pull a wheelchair, close or open doors, or even act as a brace if their human companion falls. They can also be trained for dexterity acts, such as, picking up small objects. Some are trained […]

Is It True That Agility Training Has a Multitude of Benefits for Your Dog?

Is It True That Agility Training Has a Multitude of Benefits for Your Dog?

Dogs, like people, require regular exercise to maintain sound physical and psychological health. You may wonder if there is an enjoyable way to supply vigorous physical activity for your pet besides just going on long walks or playing fetch in the backyard. Agility training may be the answer to your quandary. Moreover, as you train your dog to excel in the various agility obstacles, your dog receives benefits beyond just releasing his or her energy. […]

Recent Research Raises Concerns Regarding Early Spaying/Neutering

Recent Research Raises Concerns Regarding Early Spaying/Neutering

Whereas in the early part of the 20th century pet ownership was common only to rural American households, after World War 2 the country experienced the baby boom, an increased urbanization and suburbanization of society, and an expansion of pet ownership within non-rural households. Subsequently, with the advent of a significant increase in pet ownership in high-density population areas, concomitant problems developed. The number of stray and unwanted pets increased in regions where the issue […]

CPT and Emory Want You- And Your Dog- To Tryout for Our fMRI Research Team

CPT and Emory Want You- And Your Dog- To Tryout for Our fMRI Research Team

CPT and the Emory Canine Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory are enrolling a new team of dogs for our safe, noninvasive, fun, and exciting fMRI and behavioral research projects. The projects, which are funded by the Office of Naval Research (ONR) examine canine cognition, emotions, sensory perception, receptive communication, and inhibitory control. In addition, the team plans upcoming studies on reward systems and jealousy relevant to improving the training protocols for pet owners and studies on olfaction […]

10 Reasons to Train Your Dog with CPT

10 Reasons to Train Your Dog with CPT

1) CPT has been in business since 1992. Unlike many fly by night operations in the pet industry, we have stood the test of time. 2) CPT has trained over 50,000 dogs and over 100 cats. Not only have we been around, we have been successful. We have experience in both years and numbers.

Canine Influenza Questions and Answers- Updated- July 24

Canine Influenza Questions and Answers- Updated- July 24

Recently, the media, certain veterinarians, and some clients have expressed concern about the spread of Canine Influenza. According to multiple sources (CBS46.com, WXIA-TV, Inquisitr.com), since May 15, 2015, the date of the first confirmed Georgia case, there has been only the lone occurrence of H3N2 canine influenza in the state of Georgia. Media research has not shown any additional confirmed cases of canine flu in Georgia as of the date of this article (June 1, […]

Preventing Cold Weather Calamities

Preventing Cold Weather Calamities

Does your dog like cold weather? To many dogs, Georgia winter conditions are far more hospitable than are the supposed “dog days” of summer. Nevertheless, many dogs are poorly suited for the drop in outdoor temperatures that accompany the winter season. Such dogs may experience hypothermia, frostbite, cracked pads, and stress when left outdoors for an extended period.

Evaluate a Dog for Suitability Before Bringing it Home

Evaluate a Dog for Suitability Before Bringing it Home

As discussed within the Dog Training Articles section in the composition “Selecting the Right Dog,” the decision regarding adding a dog to your household is in many ways tantamount in significance and perspective to your decision when selecting a mate. You hope that each will successfully reside in your home for an extended period of time. Therefore, compatibility is essential.

Know the Signs of Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke (Full Version)

Know the Signs of Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke (Full Version)

The summer is a great time for you and your family to play and exercise outdoors with your dog. However, dogs do not thermoregulate as well as humans. Therefore, to reduce the possibility of heat exhaustion or potentially life threatening heat stroke, you will need to monitor your dog when playing or exercising outdoors on hot days.

Know The Signs of Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke (Abstract)

Know The Signs of Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke (Abstract)

Symptoms of canine heat stroke include: 1. Excessive and/or seemingly uncontrollable panting, 2. Inordinately viscous saliva, 3. Stupor, 4. Ataxia- loss of coordination, 5. Bright red tongue or gums, 6. Uncommonly pale gums, 7. Loss of skin elasticity, 8. Dry mucous membranes, 9. Diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, 10. Tachycardia, 11. Weak pulse- from hypotension, 12. Nausea, 13. Vomiting, 14. Shivering, and 15. Elevated rectal temperature- above 104°. If you observe any of the above symptoms, […]

Behavior Modification Q & A

Behavior Modification Q & A

Typically, we can construct counterconditioning and systematic desensitization drills that remain beneath the dog’s stress threshold. We design the drills with two primary goals. Our first goal is building the subject dog’s relaxation, confidence, security, and trust amidst the stimulus. Our second goal is teaching the dog a passive replacement behavior that the dog will perform in lieu of the previous reactive behavior (barking, lunging, snarling, biting, et al.). We wish to modify the emotional […]

Breed Specific Legislation

Breed Specific Legislation

In summary, although the number of annual domestic fatalities due to dog bites is relatively small, according to various news organizations an average of approximately 20 per year and a high of 34 in any one year for fatalities combining where the breed is known and unknown, the number of total non-fatal dog bites and the total of non-fatal injurious dog bites is high and the resultant financial loss, pain, and human suffering is significant. […]

Estate Planning Considerations For Our Pets (Abstract)

Estate Planning Considerations For Our Pets (Abstract)

For those desiring more detailed information about estate planning considerations for pets, including the use of wills, gifting, inter vivos pet trusts, testamentary pet trusts, durable medical powers of attorney, financial powers of attorney, and emergency plans, please read the full-length version of the CPT article “Estate Planning Considerations for Pets.”

Estate Planning Considerations For Our Pets (Full Version)

Estate Planning Considerations For Our Pets (Full Version)

In the past, most Americans kept their pets as solely or primarily outdoor companions that were only peripherally part of the family. However, nowadays pets frequently enjoy full indoor privileges, including sleeping on the bed, and are often more pampered than the family’s children. Nevertheless, even though Americans have evolved regarding the emotional attachment and comforts they provide their pets, the American legislative and legal system, with the exception of criminal cruelty laws, still generally […]

Loose-Leash Walking (Abstract)

Loose-Leash Walking (Abstract)

To most effectively and most humanely address any dog training or behavioral problem, we wish first to diagnose the origin of the behavior. Pulling on leash is most commonly caused by: 1) General excitability, 2) General under-stimulation, 3) Excitability or arousal directed toward or emanating from a specific stimulus, 4) Dominance, 5) Lack of knowledge regarding walking protocol, or 6) A thigmotactic (opposition) reflex.

Loose-Leash Walking (Full Version)

Loose-Leash Walking (Full Version)

If all goes according to plan, your dog will calmly and cooperatively walk on a loose leash. Subsequently, both you and your dog will receive more pleasure and bonding from your neighborhood walks. Moreover, when you begin to receive more enjoyment from your walks, you will probably walk your dog more, which increases your dog’s quality of life.

Motion-Car Sickness

Motion-Car Sickness

Most dogs love riding in the car. When the rear door is open they eagerly leap onto the back seat to join their owners for an excursion. However, a significant minority of dogs despise automobile travel. Due to enduring motion sickness or an imprint from a prior episode(s) of motion sickness, the dogs may stubbornly refuse to enter a vehicle. In severe cases, they may even become fear aggressive toward the owner if the owner […]

Psychopharmaceutical Options for Canine Thunderstorm Phobia, State Anxiety, and General Anxiety

Psychopharmaceutical Options for Canine Thunderstorm Phobia, State Anxiety, and General Anxiety

When thunderstorm phobia, state anxiety, and/or general anxiety are highly vexing, highly problematic, or particularly severe, a CPT behavior modification program may become further potentiated when implemented in conjunction with appropriately selected psychopharmaceutical medication. Although in less severe cases of canine phobia or anxiety, a properly designed and diligently implemented behavior modification program will result in successful goal outcomes without the inclusion of medication, circumstances occur where behavior modification alone is insufficient and the client […]

Selecting the Right Dog- Part 1: The Importance of Compatibility

Selecting the Right Dog- Part 1: The Importance of Compatibility

The decision process regarding adding a dog to your household is in many ways tantamount in significance and perspective to your decision process when selecting a mate. Ideally, a spousal relationship expands the quality of life for both you and your partner. Similarly, pet ownership should generate a mutually beneficial, symbiotic relationship that enhances the quality of life for both you and your pet. Therefore, compatibility is a key issue in determining whether the process […]

Selecting the Right Dog- Part 2: Selecting the Right Breed

Selecting the Right Dog- Part 2:  Selecting the Right Breed

Before selecting the most appropriate individual dog, you should narrow your search by breed. In general, members within a breed will exhibit many common tendencies and characteristics. Many of these behavioral tendencies are advantageous when performing the work assignments for which the dog was originally bred. The AKC categorizes the 170 plus breeds into 7 major groups: Herding, Hounds, Non-Sporting, Sporting, Terriers, Toys, and Working Dogs. The breeds classified within each group will exhibit many […]

Selecting the Right Dog- Part 3: Evaluating Breeder and Shelter Facilities

Selecting the Right Dog- Part 3: Evaluating Breeder and Shelter Facilities

If you feel comfortable that the breeder is professional, honest, and passionate, that the sire and dam are high quality animals, and that the sales contract is equitable, then proceed by setting an appointment to visit the breeder facility. While there, you will investigate the environment, the parents, and the litter. Similarly, before you visit a shelter or rescue agency you wish to know something of their reputation, policies, mission, and customer service and you […]

Selecting the Right Dog- Part 4A: Evaluating Individual Adult Animals

Selecting the Right Dog- Part 4A: Evaluating Individual Adult Animals

Whereas, in many ways a puppy is a malleable blank slate whose genetics are predetermined, but whose temperament and corresponding behavior is mostly impressionable to the environment, an adult dog possesses a more cemented temperament and more solidified behaviors. Consequently, the evaluation process is imperative when successfully purchasing or adopting the correct dog for your household. Since a firsthand observation at the breeder’s site, animal shelter, or rescue agency only allows you a temporary microscopic […]

Selecting the Right Dog- Part 4B: Evaluating Individual Puppies

Selecting the Right Dog- Part 4B:  Evaluating Individual Puppies

The examination procedures for puppies are somewhat different than those used with adults. Adults have clearly defined temperaments. Consequently, adult tests strive to evaluate present temperament; whereas, puppy tests aim to predict future temperament. The following puppy tests can be modified for use with adult dogs. However, exercise caution when a specific test may elicit an aggressive response. A bite from an adult dog is potentially far more injurious than a nip from a puppy. […]

Treating Separation Anxiety (Abstract)

Treating Separation Anxiety (Abstract)

Since separation anxiety is often a complex condition that is difficult to resolve, significantly lowers the quality of life of both the human and pet, causes notable financial damages, dramatically reduces the joy of pet ownership, has owners often feeling shackled to the house, and prompts owners to abandon dogs to animal control or a humane society where there is a high probability of euthanasia, we highly recommend the services of a skilled CPT trainer/behaviorist […]

Treating Separation Anxiety in Dogs

Treating Separation Anxiety in Dogs

Separation distress can severely reduce the quality of life for both you and your dog and is a common rationale for owners abandoning dogs at shelters. Ethologists believe separation anxiety is caused or exacerbated by congenital factors, excessive isolation from the dam or littermates during early developmental periods, a lack of preparatory isolation from the dam or littermates during early developmental periods, and traumatic experiences that occur when a predisposed dog is isolated and/or confined, […]

Summer Exercise Tips

Summer Exercise Tips

You should not neglect your dog’s exercise needs. A tired dog is a happy dog and a better-behaved dog and belongs to a happy owner. Moreover, well-exercised dogs are more likely to experience superior physical and psychological health. Optimally, owners should provide their pets a formal, structured exercise program that considers the following:

Extinguishing Inappropriate Chewing Behavior (Abstract)

Extinguishing Inappropriate Chewing Behavior (Abstract)

Optimally, to best modify your dog’s inappropriate chewing behavior, we need to consider the preceding causal factors as the primary behavioral problem while concurrently addressing the inappropriate chewing behavior as a secondary symptom. In addition, until the behavior is modified, we need to prevent the continuation of the behavior by establishing management procedures that may include supervision and/or confinement. We may also need to develop a system of active, semi-active, and/or passive punishment that consistently […]

Extinguishing Inappropriate Chewing Behavior (Full Version)

Extinguishing Inappropriate Chewing Behavior (Full Version)

If all goes according to plan, by addressing the cause of your dog’s chewing behavior, preventing the continuation of undesirable behavior via active supervision and passive confinement, punishing or diverting inappropriate behavior actively, semi-actively, and/or passively, and prompting him to chew appropriate items, he should permanently replace undesirable chewing behavior with desirable chewing activities that satisfy your objectives while concurrently satisfying his needs for oral stimulation. Nevertheless, destructive chewing is often a complex behavior that […]

CPT’s Perspective on the Cesar Millan Controversy

CPT’s Perspective on the Cesar Millan Controversy

In summary, although there are occasions where we believe Cesar should vary his training style, many of his critics are ridiculously over the top. Although CPT’s philosophy more often concurs with the training methodologies employed by Cesar’s detractors, we decline to join their mob. Objectively, there is often more than one way to successfully train a dog. Therefore, the antagonists’ vitriol and almost libelous ad hominem attacks on a divergent practitioner are inappropriate and specious. […]

Pet Training Tips from CPT

Pet Training Tips from CPT

In summary, reward consistently, reward positively, and reward promptly to create a well trained dog. If you desire professional assistance, please contact CPT either by phone (404-236-2150) or by e-mail via the Contact link at the top right of this web page. A trained dog is a happy dog and belongs to a happy owner. CPT’s elite professionals have trained the pets of over 50,000 Atlanta families. We would love to add you and your […]

Preparing Your Dog For the Winter

Preparing Your Dog For the Winter

The stereotypical “outdoor dog” is a vanishing cultural preference. In today’s society, an increasing number of pet owners desire to integrate their dogs indoors within the household, especially during the colder winter months. However, many pet owners remain apprehensive when bringing their dog indoors or leaving their dog indoors unsupervised outside of a crate, due to their dog’s insubordinate or destructive behaviors. Fortunately, a well-designed training program combined with a little time and patience will […]

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