Going to CPT was the best decision we made for our dog, Balou (rat terrier). We adopted Balou when he was 4 months old and shortly after we discovered he had some aggression issues towards other dogs and strangers. We enrolled Balou in the Puppy Class at CPT, which we loved; however, Balou wasn’t quite ready for that kind of exposure to other dogs. One of the other couples in the Puppy Class told us about Mark Spivak (owner of CPT) and how he had helped one of their friends whose dog had aggression issues. So we decided to move forward with private lessons. We were committed to doing whatever was best for our little boy.

Over the next few months we had 4-5 private lessons with Mark and worked on several different drills to address separation anxiety, fear aggression towards dogs and people, anxiety, as well as leadership training for me (my husband was clearly the alpha male and Balou would not listen to me). At each lesson we learned a lot of helpful tools and the leadership training for me was life changing. It has made such a big difference.

Balou has definitely made a lot of progress and we owe Mark and his team to that success. We still have some things we need to work on but Mark provided us with the tools to help Balou and in due time we believe his aggression will be minimal. What dogs need most is consistency and unfortunately with our living arrangement at this time we haven’t been able to give that to Balou. But we are very hopeful for the future:-) Our goal is to get Balou in a group class, and we’re going to make that happen!

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. -

We enrolled our newly adopted (and very active) golden doodle puppy into the 2-week board training program, which includes 8 group training sessions. We have been extremely pleased with the results. Immediately after the training, we were having difficulty managing our new dog’s behavior in our home and reached out to Mark in frustration. We couldn’t have been happier with how Mark handled the situation. He went out of his way that same week to work with us to help us better understand and manage our dog’s behavior. After just one session with Mark, it was obvious our dog had learned a great deal at board training and that we needed to learn how to work with our dog to achieve the behavior we wanted. The group training sessions are fun and productive. We highly recommend the board training to anyone with a busy schedule – our dog learned the basics and beyond during board training and now we are learning how to work with our dog during the group sessions. Mark has been fantastic to work with – he is extremely responsive, knowledgeable, and is amazing with the dogs.

- Renae B. -

Mark did a one on one with our new puppy. He was great and extremely knowledgeable. I highly recommend CPT.

- John 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. -

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