This memo is to let you know how pleased we are with the progress Chooii has made since his boarding training. He was with Jeanie for 14 days beginning 6/29. During that time period Jeanie reinforced commands that Chooii knew, but selectively obeyed. In addition, Jeanie taught him many new commands. Several especially irritating behavioral problems were corrected, eating everything from bugs to pine cones, gnawing on family members and friends whenever we tried to pet him, jumping up on people, etc. Jeanie is an excellent trainer with a very professional and friendly personality. It is almost unbelievable how we were immediately able to take casual family walks in the park, and not have Chooii eating everything, tugging, and pulling on the leash.
Now, we are attending the group session to reinforce Chooii’s learning, and to teach the family members some new dog tricks. I wonder why there is that old saying that “you can’t teach old dogs new tricks”. We certainly are learning a lot of “new tricks” from the staff at CPT.
We had actually considered giving up on Chooii. Therefore, Comprehensive Pet Therapy and Jeanie have been real dog savers.
- Judy M. -
My husband and I adopted a dog in November from a rescue group. She was just a pup and had little or no obedience training in the past. We signed up for group classes to help with Sheba’s overall obedience. However, Sheba had other issues that we wanted worked on that we did not expect to be covered in a group session. Therefore, we had Mark join us at our home to assist us with some overall issues that Sheba had. Less than 24 hours after our one on one private lesson and 1 group lesson from the week prior, Sheba is the best dog ever. She is able to go off leash, follows all her commands, and has become the best dog I have ever owned. We fully intend on registering her for all of the additional obedience classes and agility. We are even considering having her compete, too! Thanks for the awesome training!
- Julianne & Todd M. -
My 7 month old puppy, Pooh, and I recently completed our eight week obedience/training course with Karen. I am a first time dog owner, and needless to say, was desperate for all the help and training I could find. Karen came to our rescue! She was a true blessing to our family. Karen not only helped me to train Pooh, she did a fantastic job at getting me trained, also. Her patience, kindness, expertise and professionalism will continue to impress me for a long time. Prior to her arrival, I was not sure that I was meant to have a dog in my life. I felt out of control and resentful towards Pooh. Karen offered several options to some difficult situations, and I am extremely pleased with the results. Thank you for offering this one on one course, for having someone like Karen to do such a great job, and mostly for allowing me the tools to learn to love my dog more than I thought imaginable. Please extend my thanks to Karen, also.
I will continue to recommend your company to friends, neighbors, and family for their entire dog training needs.
With best regards,
- Julie J (and Pooh, of course!) -
We recently moved to Atlanta and looked to start a new training regime for our 3-year-old American Eskimo, Sunshine, a rescued dog. In her short life so far, various trainers, and friends doubted Sunshine could overcome her extreme insecurity. Mark Spivak evaluated Sunshine and let her into the CPT program immediately. We have worked with Mark and another of his extremely talented staff, Patricia, for only five months now. But the results are astounding. Sunshine is a different dog! She has so much confidence. She still has a road ahead of her, but CPT has, in our eyes, performed something like a miracle in seeing Sunshine’s potential, and in working patiently with us. The rates for individual work and group classes are very reasonable in the hyper-priced arena of dog training. If you are looking for solid dog training, CPT will not disappoint. Sunshine is a living example. Thank you!
- Kathleen R. -
Our sweet, friendly dog was teased and tormented by a teenager when I left him in the car for a few minutes. When I came out I caught this kid in the act of scary our dog so much that he had left anal excretions in the car. He went from trusting everyone to being aggressive to everyone and scared of any quick moves. We were in classes at CPT and one of the instructors suggested that we have a training session with Mark. In one session he gave me the tools to work with my dog. He set up scenarios right there in the office to show me what to do in different situations! With these new tools I worked with my dog and gave him his confidence back and he has a happy face once again! I have always had dogs, even though I tried to fix our problem, nothing I did seemed to work. I was really worried. I am so delighted that I took the class with Mark. We have been in 3 different types of classes at CPT and all of the instructors are professional, have patience and completely use positive reinforcement. We are taking an agility class now and are having so much fun! We will continue taking classes if nothing else for fun and socialization! Never could have done this without Mark and his staff!
- Kaye G -
A friend recommended CPT for help with our young pit bull mix named Belle. Immediately after rescuing Belle we realized we had some major work to do! We started with Beginner Obedience class, then moved on to the Intermediate Obedience Class and now are signing up for Agility Class! We have also done the board training with Melissa and an in home private lesson with Mark on dog aggression. As you can see I can’t get enough of CPT! I am so lucky to have found this group of trainers as they have vastly improved the behavior of my dog. Having her know the basic commands has done wonders….we now speak the same language! She loves to be challenged and loves the personal attention. I love it because she respects me as her leader and that affects how she walks on a leash to how she treats our cat and our young son. She is also making progress with her dog aggression issues thanks to Mark’s practical training exercises that I can now do on my own. Our bond has grow significantly in that last few months. The trainers are extremely knowledgeable and give you real life training tools. I now recommend CPT to all my fellow dog lovers! Give them a shot….you won’t be sorry.
- Kelly C. and Belle -
Mark(owner) and his staff are knowledgeable, friendly, professional and accommodating. Mark spent quality time with me and my puppy evaluating her temperament. We have done private training with Patricia and have been very pleased with the positive reinforcement training techniques. They are very patient and detailed in their training explanations. Mark and his staff are very talented and their love for the animals shines through in all they do!
- Kim C. -
I just wanted you to know how pleased I was with the Beginner Class Lui and I recently graduated from in Acworth. Lui is my first attempt at an indoor dog and we both had so much to learn. The Beginner Class gave us a great foundation.
I especially appreciate the quality of your trainers. Jessa and Krista are knowledgable, patient and show a genuine interest in each individual. They are positive and motivating. When I found out they would be instructing the Intermediate Class, I said, “Sign me up!”
Enclosed please find my check. Thanks so much.
- Kimberly C. -
When we decided to get a new puppy, Mark (owner of CPT) spent a considerable amount of time with us advising on how to evaluate and select the puppy from the litter. I mean, they are all cute – how do you pick the right one? He patiently answered all of our questions and gave good advice based on his vast experience. We also read the articles on the CPT website, which were like the jackpot for information we needed. We did the Puppy class with Andrea – it was so valuable for our dog to learn how to socialize safely with other dogs. When we went on vacation, we did board training with Mark. When we picked up our dog, he was completely different – in a good way! He was a lot calmer in the house and seemed to have matured from a goofy puppy-brain to a thinking, obedient dog. I give thumbs up to CPT!
- Kristen & Lanny N. -
I have a chocolate lab that has behavioral issues, and I called CPT for help. Mark was outstanding! He helped me understand the pyschology behaviors that were surrounding my lab and how he was reacting to the human behaviors. It’s been about 2 months now since the training and I am a happier owner with a happier dog!
- Kristen S. -
I just started my 3rd class with my puppy/dog. Karen Smalley is our trainer and is amazing. It has been an amazing experience. We have learned so much, so many fantastic training tips. It has really strengthened the bond with my dog. I highly recommend classes at CPT. It is so much fun to watch not only My dog Koda being successful, but also the joy he gets from being successful! He gets so excited when I tell him we are going to “school”. Thank you Karen and CPT.
I also did a private lession with Mark and Patricia with my other dog Sadie. Also great tips to work with her dog aggression. She is doing much better than before.
Everyone I have worked with at CPT has been fantastic! So knowledgeable! A great experience for all!
- Laura Ann N. -
I highly recommend CPT for dog training! My dog just loves training there and I do too! The owner, Mark, is a canine expert when it comes to obedience, agility, or doggie behavior. The staff is also knowledgeable, courteous, and along with Mark, has earned numerous obedience and agility titles and awards. If you want your dog trained by the best in the business, contact CPT today!!! Because of the training we received at CPT, I have a well-socialized dog with exceptional manners that I can take anywhere. Kudos to Mark and his talented staff! Leesa PS…My dog enjoys training in their air-conditioned facility during the hot Atlanta summers!
- Leesa W. -
I took my Lab Jake for Beginner Obedience several years ago but did not finish due to my crazy schedule at the time. However, after only about half of the classes, he had learned the basics, so I was happy. I most recently took my Rottie, Alexa, for Beginner with Andrea, Intermediate with Patricia, and Beginner Agility with Holly. I cannot rave enough about them, especially Holly, who has gone far beyond the call of duty for my Rottie. But then again, I’ve found that is a pretty typical attitude of the folks at CPT. I have also had a few individual sessions as well and have boarded my dogs on the “farm”. These folks are all very dedicated trainers with years of experience who truly have a heart for dogs and know how to effectively communicate. Everything is based on positive reinforcement and they make the training enjoyable for both the dog and the owner. Private sessions are really good for specific issues that can’t be addressed in a class setting. The fees are quite reasonable. I’ve had a lot of dogs over the years and have had many different trainers and by far, the folks at CPT are top notch. At some point down the road, I’ll be bringing my dogs back for a brush up class – well worth the time and money.
- Linda H. -
I am a roughly 5’4” 115 lb girl who is the only owner of a 70lb golden doodle. This was fine until my dog started getting ear infections. He was downright violent about letting me put his ear drops in. I’m so small there wasn’t anything I could do to control him. When he bit my hand, I knew I needed professional help. My vet suggested that I sedate my dog for two weeks while he was on the drops. But to me this felt cruel and like it wouldn’t even help the problem. When I met with Mark for the first time he had a clear plan for how we were going to fix this behavior. In thirty minutes, he had my dog sitting like a perfect gentleman and letting me put the drops in. This was a week ago. Since then, I’ve been following his instructions at home and my dog has only improved. Even when we went to the vet, the behavior transferred. The vet could not believe my dog’s behavior change. The vet techs were all super relieved they wouldn’t have to be holding him down again. She even asked for Mark’s card. I cannot recommend Mark and CPT enough. I would suggest him to any of my friends and plan to use him again in the future.
- Lisa L. -
Our whole family benefited from the obedience classes with Mark (the owner) for our miniature poodle. Our whole family (including my 2 pre-teen kids) participated and learned how to have a closer relationship with our dog. Eventually, my 9-year old daughter was able to compete and get an obedience title and also learned agility. Holly, our agility instructor, was fantastic and extremely patient and loving with my daughter during the training sessions. We also board our dog with them whenever we go on our vacations and feel confident that she will get plenty of freedom and love during our absence rather than being caged in a crate most of the day. Fantastic Place!
- Margaret C. -