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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.

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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 […]

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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. […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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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.

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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.”

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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 […]

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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.

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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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, […]

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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.

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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. […]

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