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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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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.

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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.

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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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.

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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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:

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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