CPT Trainers Perform Seminar at Chattahoochee Animal Clinic

On Friday, April 14, CPT Trainers Mark Spivak and Krista Weaver appeared at Dr. Andy Morton’s Chattahoochee Animal Clinic in Roswell. Mark and Krista first explained CPT’s history and services, then assisted the Hospital staff in resolving their pets’ behavioral and obedience problems, including consultations on housebreaking and digging and a hands-on demonstration on improving motivation, reliability, and responsiveness to the come command and reducing anxiety and associated dog-human aggression. The staff appreciated the insights […]

CPT Trainers Perform Seminar at Lafferty Animal Hospital

On Tuesday, April 4, CPT Trainers Mark Spivak and Krista Weaver appeared at Lafferty Animal Hospital in Alpharetta. Mark and Krista first explained CPT’s history and services, then assisted the Hospital staff in resolving their pets’ behavioral and obedience problems, including teaching Dr. Lafferty how to encourage his English Bulldog to become more comfortable when people approach and reduce associated dominance and fear-based aggression. The staff appreciated the insights of CPT’s professional trainers as well […]

CPT Trainers Perform Demonstration at All Creatures Animal Hospital

On Wednesday, March 22, CPT Trainers Mark Spivak and Krista Weaver appeared at Dr. Karolyn and Michael Akins’ All Creatures Animal Hospital. Mark and Krista first explained CPT’s history and services, then assisted the Hospital staff in resolving their pets’ behavioral, and obedience problems, including teaching Dr. Akins’ Yellow Labrador retriever to walk calmly on leash without pulling or growling at passersby. The staff appreciated the insights of CPT’s professional trainers as well as CPT’s […]

CPT Trainers Perform Seminar at Dunwoody Animal Hospital

On Thursday, March 9, CPT Trainers Mark Spivak and Krista Weaver appeared at Dr. Douglas Morgan’s Dunwoody Animal Hospital. Mark and Krista first explained CPT’s history and services, then assisted the Hospital staff in resolving their pets’ behavioral and obedience problems, including teaching a staff member’s Boston Terrier to become more comfortable amidst strangers. The staff appreciated the insights of CPT’s professional trainers as well as CPT’s cognitive, personalized emphasis. Consequently, even though Dunwoody’s office […]

Another First Place In Utility- This Time In Arizona

CPT’s competition obedience team recently achieved another first place finish at the elite Utility level. On Sunday, March 5, Christina Shrake and her Golden Retriever, Dakota, earned a FIRST PLACE finish at the Utility A level with a score of 191.5 in an American Kennel Club (AKC) obedience trial held outside of Phoenix, Arizona. Christina and Dakota are long time CPT competition students who recently relocated to Phoenix. This finish was their first utility leg. […]

CPT Named “Experts” By WSB TV.com

On February 27, CPT was named as the WSB TV.com experts in the fields of dog training and pet care. WSB TV.com, which has over 100,000 hits per month, will link persons searching for information on pet training and pet care directly to CPT’s website or to CPT’s e-mail. In addition, CPT will author articles for WSB TV.com and WSB TV.com’s newsletter. CPT looks forward to working together establish a relationship with an organization as […]

First Place Finish and New Utility Title

First Place Finish and New Utility Title

CPT’s competition obedience team recently achieved a first place finish and a new title at the elite Utility level. On Saturday, February 4, Karen Smalley and her Border Collie, Casey, earned a FIRST PLACE finish at the Utility A level with a score of 191 in an American Kennel Club (AKC) obedience trial held in Jonesboro, Georgia. Their finish was also their third leg, which garnered them the prestigious AKC Utility (UD) title. In addition […]

CPT Trainers Perform Demonstration at Animal Medical Center of Coming

CPT Trainers Perform Demonstration at Animal Medical Center of Coming On Wednesday, January 11, CPT Trainers Mark Spivak and Karen Smalley appeared at Dr. Mike McLaughlin’s Animal Medical Center of Cumming. Mark and Karen first explained CPT’s history and services, then progressed to assisting AMC’s staff in resolving their pets’ housebreaking, household manners, behavioral, and obedience problems. The staff appreciated the insights of CPT’s professional trainers as well as CPT’s cognitive, personalized emphasis. Consequently, AMC’s […]

Two First Place Finishes and New Title

CPT’s competition obedience team recently achieved two first place finishes and a new title at the Novice level. On Thursday, October 27, Wrenn Slocum and her Standard Poodle, Toccoa, earned a FIRST PLACE finish at the Novice A level with a score of 178.5 in an American Kennel Club (AKC) obedience trial held at Jim Miller Park in Marietta, Georgia. On Friday, October 28, Wrenn and Toccoa surpassed their Thursday performance, with another FIRST PLACE […]

You are cordially invited to participate in Leesa Wheeler’s upcoming book… Charming Companions

CPT client Leesa Wheeler is currently at work on her second publication, Charming Companions, a compilation of photos and prose about our special bonds with our dogs. She invites fellow CPT clients to participate in the book’s construction. To contribute to Leesa’s upcoming book, Charming Companions, send a digital photo of you and your dog along with a paragraph or two as to why he/she is your charming companion to [email protected] Submissions must be received […]

Two First Place Finishes

CPT’s competition obedience team recently achieved two first place finishes at the elite Utility level. On Saturday, August 26, Karen Smalley and her Border Collie, Casey, earned a FIRST PLACE finish at the Utility A level with a score of 187.5 in an American Kennel Club (AKC) obedience trial held in Jonesboro, Georgia. On Sunday, Karen and Casey surpassed their Saturday performance, with another FIRST PLACE finish and an excellent score of 193. Now, they […]

Three New Titles

CPT’s competition obedience team recently achieved three new titles, several placements, and one first place finish. Elyssa Korman and her Samoyed, Astro, earned a THIRD PLACE finish at the Open A level with an excellent score of 189.5 in an American Kennel Club (AKC) obedience trial held in Jonesboro, Georgia. The third place finish was only one of their significant achievements as this was their third leg and garnered them the prestigious Open (CDX) title. […]

New Titles and First Place Finishes

CPT’s competition obedience team recently achieved one new title and several first place finishes. Christina Shrake and her Golden Retriever, Dakota, earned a FIRST PLACE finish at the Open level with an excellent score of 193.5 in an Australian Shepherd Club of America (ASCA) obedience trial held in Woodstock, Georgia. Christina has had a very successful last few months. In October, Christina and Dakota earned their AKC Open Obedience (CDX) title in three consecutive shows. […]

Nine-Year-Old CPT Student Defeats Adults in Obedience and Agility

Comprehensive Pet Therapy’s competition obedience team achieved some notable successes in the months of September and October. Our team earned two Open Obedience titles, one Novice Obedience title, another Novice Obedience leg, one Novice Agility Jumpers title, and several legs toward Agility titles. Our accomplishments included NINE FIRST PLACE FINISHES. The most prolific participant was 9 YEAR OLD Sabrina Chin who in the course of two weekends completed an American Kennel Club Novice Obedience (CD) […]

CPT Debuts Two New Programs

Comprehensive Pet Therapy, Inc., (CPT) Atlanta’s most respected pet training company, is announcing the debut of two new programs: 1) An off-leash puppy program and 2) An innovative canine aggression-reduction program. The Off Leash Puppy Program is a novel group class exclusive to puppies 8 through 18 weeks of age. The puppies will learn socialization skills with people and dogs, bite inhibition, attention to their owners amidst distractions, and imprint obedience. The class will be […]

CPT Training News

CPT News CPT Agility Trainer Jessa Fagan is expecting her first child in September. Yes, it is a boy. Prior to her pregnancy leave, Jessa and her German Shepherd Dog, Piper, achieved their AKC Open Standard and Jumpers titles (OA and OAJ), which included nine first place finishes out of 12 competitions entered. CPT Trainer Mark Kane passed the national certification test offered by the Association of Pet Dog Trainers. Mark is now accredited as […]

CPT Students Win at AKC Trials

CPT’s competition obedience team continued its record of successes at the Cherokee Rose Cluster of American Kennel Club (AKC) trials that occurred this past weekend in Atlanta. We had nine dogs entered during the combination of shows that occurred from Friday January 30 through Sunday February 1. The results were outstanding. Four of the nine CPT dogs achieved placements, including a total of five first place finishes for two of the dogs. Karen Smalley and […]

CPT Students Win at ASCA Trials

CPT’s competition obedience program continued its record of successes at the Australian Shepherd Club of America (ASCA) trials that occurred this past weekend in Chamblee. We had two dogs entered on both Saturday and Sunday and achieved three first place and one third place finish! Christina Shrake and her Golden Retriever, Dakota, finished first on Saturday in the Novice A class with a score of 193 out of a possible 200 points. On Sunday, Christina […]

CPT Dog Completes Fourth Movie Role

Topper, a ten and a half year old male German Shepherd owned by Mark Spivak, Comprehensive Pet Therapy’s founder and president, just completed acting in his fourth feature movie. Tim Sullivan’s horror film “2001 Maniacs,” shot in historic Westville, Georgia, is a remake of the 1964 Herschell Gordon Lewis film “2000 Maniacs,” about a group of northern travelers who visit a strange southern town, and find themselves at the mercy of vengeful ghosts of confederate […]

CPT Students Dominate

October and November 2003 have been the best months yet for CPT’s Competition Program. CPT achieved first place scores in each class students entered and on one occasion swept first, second, and third place! On Saturday, October 25 CPT enrolled six dog/handler teams in the Kennesaw Kennel Club AKC dog obedience trials held at Jim Miller Park in Marietta. In the Novice B class, CPT student Karen Smalley and her Border Collie, Casey, accomplished first […]

CPT Student Wins High In Trial

September has been an exciting month for CPT’s Competition Program. All participants performed with consistent excellence. On Saturday, September 20 CPT enrolled three dog/handler teams in the Atlanta Kennel Club AKC dog obedience trials in the Novice A class. One CPT student took third place and the remaining students each received commendable scores of 191.5 out of a possible 200 points. On Sunday, September 21 during the Newnan Kennel Club AKC trials we fared even […]

CPT Trained Dog Performs in National Advertisement

Dakota, a one and a half year old Golden Retriever, owned by Christina Shrake and trained by CPT through our Group Class program, just completed acting in a national television advertisement for Invisible Fence, Inc. Rick Salcedo and Debbie Bartoletti of Springboard Creative, Invisible Fence’s advertising agency, desired a well trained, affable, male Golden Retriever of light color who looked like the Golden visible in Invisible Fence’s logo. Springboard desired a piece depicting the experience […]

CPT Students And Trainer Achieve Competition Successes

Since our inception CPT has trained the pets of over 21,000 Atlanta area customers. The vast majority arrive at CPT to obtain better trained household companions. They may complete a Beginner and Intermediate Group Class, some Private Lessons or a Board Train and feel their goals are met. However, some become so enthralled with the activity of dog training that they want to continue onward both for the joy of the activity and the benefits […]

CPT Debuts Football’s First Retrieving Mascots

The Georgia Force, Atlanta’s home team in the Arena Football League, and Comprehensive Pet Therapy (CPT), Atlanta’s most respected pet training company, have partnered to create “Black” and “Blue.” Black and Blue are the Georgia Force’s official canine mascots. However, true to CPT’s name, Black and Blue’s function is far more comprehensive than the traditional canine football mascot. Black and Blue are professional football’s first non-humans trained to retrieve the kicking tee after each kickoff. […]

CPT on Television

Please view CPT staff and our photogenic clients Jeff and Angie on tonight’s CBS, WGCL- TV 46, 11 PM news. Fred Powers of Clear Channel News developed a fascinating story line entitled “Dogs At Home.” We first view Harley (Jeff & Angie’s 6 year old Yellow Lab) through the eyes of a surveillance camera that catches Harley raiding the trash, stealing food from the counter, and lounging on the sofa. CPT then provides an on-camera […]

Study Determines The Most Frequently Trained Dogs

An old canine maxim states “a trained dog is a happy dog and belongs to a happy owner.” Nevertheless, certain breeds receive training proportionately more than other breeds. On average, owners of large dogs enroll in pet training programs more frequently than owners of small dogs. During a recent month, the American Kennel Club (AKC) breed registration data listed the following breeds as the 15 most popular: 1) Labrador Retriever, 2) Golden Retriever, 3) German […]

CPT Trained Dog Models in Advertisement

Phoebe, a seven year old Old English Sheepdog, owned by Veda and Gary Burns and trained by CPT through both our Board Training and Group Class programs, just completed modeling for an advertisement for Citizens Bank. The goal was to complete an a scene appearing like Phoebe was driving a car. For almost an hour, Phoebe had to remain in a difficult “stay” command behind the steering wheel of an automobile while the photographer prepared […]

Georgia Force Tryout Results

Especially considering the short notice, the response to the Georgia Force tryouts was excellent. Twenty six dogs registered prior to the event. Twenty one appeared for the tryouts. However, three of the twenty one withdrew after viewing the difficulty of the required exercises, which left eighteen participants. Four judges evaluated the dogs’ performance in each of twenty criteria. The scores for each criteria ranged from zero to five, which created a cumulative score of 100 […]

Georgia Force and CPT Looking for a Few Good Dogs

The Georgia Force, Atlanta’s home team in the Arena Football League, and Comprehensive Pet Therapy (CPT), Atlanta’s most respected pet training company, have partnered to create “Black” and “Blue.” Black and Blue will become the Georgia Force’s official canine mascots. However, true to CPT’s name, Black and Blue’s function will become far more comprehensive than the traditional canine football mascot. Black and Blue will become professional football’s first non-humans trained to retrieve the kicking tee […]

CPT Competition Student Achieves Victory

Dick Shuey and his Doberman Pinscher, Emmett, felt like the gender twisted maxim “always a best man never a groom.” During Dick and Emmett’s first two legs toward their CD title they achieved two second place finishes. First place was another CPT participant Lee Mischiara and his German Shepherd, Britta. Dick was proud of Emmett’s accomplishments and happy for his CPT colleague Lee. But, he still aspired toward that elusive first place finish. Well, last […]

CPT Trained Dog Signed For Movie Role

Lucky, a one year old Golden Retriever, owned by Theo and Kristina Ratliff and trained by CPT has been signed to appear in “The Clearing” starring Academy Award winners Robert Redford and Helen Mirren. Lucky met all the director’s specifications and performed admirably during his audition. He will perform for five Atlanta shoot days in October including scenes with Mr. Redford. Kristina is proud to have a second star in the family. Many persons will […]

CPT Students And Trainers Achieve Competition Successes

Since our inception, CPT has emphasized the pet training programs within our portfolio of available services. Over 20,000 dogs have become better household companions by receiving our household manners, basic obedience and behavior modification instruction. Consequently, many people remain unaware that our prowess extends past basic pet training. Last weekend CPT’s Apprentice Training and Competition programs achieved notable accomplishments. CPT enrolled three dog/handler teams on both Saturday and Sunday as competitors amongst nineteen entrants in […]

Comprehensive Pet Therapy, Inc. Adds Two New Group Class Locations

Comprehensive Pet Therapy, Inc. (CPT), Atlanta’s largest and most respected pet training company is pleased to announce the commencement of a business partnership with Averill Animal Hospital (Marietta, GA) and Hog Mountain Animal Hospital (Dacula, GA). Averill Animal Hospital and Hog Mountain Animal Hospital provide small animal veterinary services for clients in Cobb and Gwinnett County respectively. Beginning in late July 2002, CPT will provide group and private pet training services at the aforementioned locations. […]

CPT Students Achieve Agility Titles

Holly and Sierra Schmidt, CPT clients from Alpharetta, and their Toy Poodles, Pippin and Balto, and Miniature Poodle, Tootsie recently completed a series of successful AKC Agility trials. In early June, Holly and Pippin completed their AKC Novice Agility (NA) title in three consecutive shows, which included three perfect first place finishes. They also completed their Novice Agility Jumpers w/ Weaves (NAJ) title in five shows, which included two first place and one second place […]

CPT Assists in Benefit for Red Fern Farms

For the past several years CPT has been a dedicated supporter of Red Fern Farms. To help those CPT customers unfamiliar with Red Fern Farms, Red Fern is a trend setting charitable organization that partners rescued dogs with emotionally traumatized and learning disabled children attending school in the Atlanta metro area. The program achieves fantastic, quantifiable results. Many Red Fern children dramatically improve their emotional and scholastic performance post their contact with Red Fern’s handlers […]

CPT on the Silver and Small Screen

CPT has always enjoyed participating in feature films and television commercials. In the past few weeks, we have had two trainers, a client, and several dogs participate in a television pilot, a music video, and a national television commercial. The WB Network pilot “In My Life” recently filmed in Atlanta included one CPT Trainer as an actor, another CPT Trainer as an on-set animal trainer, a CPT customer, and three dogs provided by CPT. CPT […]

Comprehensive Pet Therapy, Inc. Enters Into Agreement with Invisible Fence Dealers

Comprehensive Pet Therapy, Inc. (CPT), Atlanta’s largest and most respected pet training company is pleased to announce the commencement of a business partnership with Invisible Fence Company, Inc.’s two Atlanta dealers, Invisible Fence of Atlanta and Invisible Fence by Peachtree. Invisible Fence Company designs, manufactures, and installs pet containment systems throughout the United States. CPT’s presence will expand the flexibility of Invisible Fence of Atlanta and Invisible Fence by Peachtree enabling them to better service […]

CPT Students Achieve Multiple Victories

Lanny Nixon, a corporate banker for Wachovia and a CPT competition student, and his Labrador Retriever, Houston, recently completed a successful weekend of AKC Novice level competition. On Saturday, Lanny and Houston achieved first place out of 26 dogs with a score of 193.5 in the Atlanta Kennel Club event held at the Atlanta Exposition Center. Not to be outdone, Lanny’s wife Kristen and Houston proved victorious out of 40 competitors in an agility fun […]

Comprehensive Pet Therapy, Inc. Enters Into Partnership with Ruff n’ Tumble, Inc.

Comprehensive Pet Therapy, Inc. (CPT), Atlanta’s largest and most respected pet training company is pleased to announce the commencement of a business partnership with Ruff n’ Tumble, Llc. (Alpharetta, GA). Ruff n’ Tumble’s Alpharetta dog activity center provides day care and exercise services for dog owners in the North Fulton area. CPT’s presence will expand the services provided at Ruff n’ Tumble. CPT trainers will perform group classes and private lessons at Ruff n’ Tumble’s […]

CPT Assists in Benefit for Red Fern Farms

For the past several years CPT has been a dedicated supporter of Red Fern Farms. To help those CPT customers unfamiliar with R ed Fern Farms, Red Fern is a trend setting pet therapy organization that partners rescued dogs with emotionally traumatized and learning disabled children attending school in the Atlanta metro area. The program designed by Red Fern’s founder, Christine Stribling, achieves fantastic results. Many Red Fern children dramatically improve their emotional and scholastic […]

Comprehensive Pet Therapy, Inc. Trainers Work on New TV Show and Feature Film

Comprehensive Pet Therapy (CPT) Trainer Annette Redner recently returned from a 2 week stint in New York as an Animal Handler and Trainer on the set of Comedy Central’s new TV series “TV Fun House.” During her time on set, Annette worked with a multitude of animals, including dogs, cats, pigs, ducks, baby chicks, a rabbit, a goat, and a sheep! Look for Annette’s menagerie during the premiere of TV Fun House on Wednesday evenings […]

Better Nutrition Creates Happier Dogs and Owners

Does your pet sluggishly ignore you when you want him to play? Does the converse plague you as your dog moves nonstop like a whirling dervish? Has your pet’s physique grown to the dimensions of Orson Welles? Is the sound of your dog scratching becoming as irritating as fingernails on a blackboard? Are your pet’s gaseous odors prompting you to wear a clothespin on your offended proboscis? Lethargy, depression, hyperactivity, obesity, skin problems, flatulence, and […]

Comprehensive Pet Therapy, Inc. trainers win at Perry

Comprehensive Pet Therapy, Inc. (CPT), well known for their award winning trainers, has continued its successes. This past weekend, at the Peach Blossom Cluster held at the Georgia National Fairgrounds in Perry, GA, during a set of four sanctioned American Kennel Club (AKC) events, six CPT trainers excelled in their respective categories. Moreover, the CPT staff demonstrated their prowess against top competition as the Peach Blossom Cluster is one of the nation’s five largest multi-event […]

Comprehensive Pet Therapy, Inc. trainers win first place

Comprehensive Pet Therapy, Inc. (CPT), well known for their award winning trainers, has continued its successes. Recently, at three local American Kennel Club sanctioned events, two CPT trainers won their respective categories. Patricia McDonnell, a CPT trainer for four years, and her Labrador Retriever, Bailey, came in first place at Friday’s Sawnee Mountain Kennel Club and also at Saturday’s Conyers Kennel Club shows. Judging the events were Mr. James J. Ham and Mrs. Ruth E. […]

Comprehensive Pet Therapy, Inc. opens new training center in Sandy Springs, GA

Comprehensive Pet Therapy, Inc. (CPT) has opened a new, 4000 square foot, state of the art, multi-use, pet services facility in Sandy Springs, GA. The new CPT building is located in the North Springs Shopping Center at 7274 Roswell Road. CPT’s Sandy Springs facility offers group and private obedience classes, group and private agility training, professional grooming services, canine and feline nutritional consultation, and Nutro® brand dog and cat food. CPT planned the facility as […]

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