CPT President Mark Spivak and Emory Professor Greg Berns Create Dog Star Technologies

On February 10, 2013 CPT President Mark Spivak and Emory Professor Greg Berns incorporated Dog Star Technologies, LLC. Dog Star will develop, manufacture, and market leading edge products that improve the quality of life of working dogs, competition dogs, and pet dogs. Some of the products proposed by Dog Star will spawn from the research […]

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Emory-CPT Neuroscience Project Receives Significant Grant from the Office of Naval Research (ONR)

On October 1, 2012 the Emory-CPT Neuroscience Team received notification from the Office of Naval Research (ONR) that the team was awarded a 3-year $988,000 grant to use awake, non-restrained fMRI to study canine brain responses, especially those dealing with olfaction. The project team will also study canine cognition, emotions, sensory perception, and receptive communication. […]

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Emory/CPT Canine Neuroscience Project Receives Major Media Coverage

CPT President Mark Spivak, functioning as a research consultant in conjunction with Emory University’s Neuroscience Department, co-authored a groundbreaking research paper published in the prestigious academic journal PLoS One. The article, entitled Functional MRI in Awake Unrestrained Dogs, coauthored by Dr. Greg Berns, MD, PhD, Andrew Brooks, PhD candidate, and Mark Spivak, CPT, details the […]

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CPT President Mark Spivak Featured in the Sandy Springs, Dunwoody, Buckhead, and Brookhaven Reporter

CPT President Mark Spivak today was featured in a full-page human interest biographical article that ran in the Sandy Springs, Dunwoody, Buckhead, and Brookhaven editions of the Reporter Newspapers. Melissa Weinman, a journalist for the Reporter Newspapers visited Mr. Spivak to interview him for the article, entitled “Sandy Springs Trainer Combines Art and Science.” Ms. […]

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Emory/CPT Expand Canine Neuroscience Project fMRI Team

On May 11, 2012, Dr. Greg Berns, MD, PhD and Andrew Brooks, PhD candidate, from Emory University’s Neuroscience Department and Mark Spivak, a project consultant from CPT, co-authored a groundbreaking research paper published in the prestigious academic journal PLoS One, entitled Functional MRI in Awake Unrestrained Dogs. The journal article details the first neuroscientific study worldwide […]

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CPT President Mark Spivak Co-Authors Article Published in Prestigious Academic Journal

CPT President Mark Spivak, functioning as a research consultant in conjunction with Emory University’s Neuroscience Department, co-authored a groundbreaking research paper published in the prestigious academic journal PLoS One. The article, entitled Functional MRI in Awake Unrestrained Dogs, coauthored by Dr. Greg Berns, MD, PhD, Andrew Brooks, PhD candidate, and Mark Spivak, CPT, details the […]

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CPT President Mark Spivak Appointed as Loving Pets Expert

CPT President and Head Trainer Mark Spivak today was appointed as the “Pet Expert” for Loving Pets Products, Inc. Loving Pets, based in Cranbury, NJ, manufactures and distributes high-quality gourmet pet treats and high-end pet products, such as decorative stainless steel feeding bowls and dishes. Loving Pets delectable gourmet pet treats and aesthetically pleasing pet […]

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CPT Trained Dog Featured in Knoxville Newspaper

Donna Silvey and her CPT-trained Katrina rescue dog, Boudreaux, were featured today in the Knoxville News Sentinel for their participation as a key therapy dog/handler team within the Ruff Reading Program that serves the Knoxville public school system. Ruff Reading was developed in 2001 by the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine as part […]

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CPT Trainer Appears at Hopewell Middle School Animal Club to Discuss CPT’s Expert Witness Services

On Wednesday, October 7, CPT Trainer/Owner Mark Spivak appeared at the Hopewell Middle School on Cogburn Road in Alpharetta. Mark spoke to the sixth through eighth grade students participating in the school’s extracurricular Animal Club. Club proctor and HMS teacher Lisa Byrd asked that Mark speak to the students about his experiences providing expert witness […]

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CPT Trainer Performs Lunch & Learn Seminar at Animal Hospital of Sandy Springs

On Monday, September 14, CPT Trainer/Owner Mark Spivak appeared at the Animal Hospital of Sandy Springs on Sandy Springs Circle in Sandy Springs. Mark first explained CPT’s history and services, then assisted Dr. Ella Ahearn, Dr. Christina Anderson and the Hospital staff in resolving various clinic and personal pets’ behavioral and obedience problems, including consultations […]

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CPT Internal Training Seminar- Prevention and Treatment of Medical Conditions and Client Service Issues in a Boarding Environment

CPT Internal Training Seminar- Prevention and Treatment of Medical Conditions and Client Service Issues in a Boarding Environment In our continuing efforts to maintain the CPT training staff as the most educated group of pet trainers and behaviorists in the Atlanta area, we completed another in a sequence of internal training seminars deigned to enhance […]

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CPT Internal Training Seminar- Electronic Fencing Systems

In our continuing efforts to maintain the CPT training staff as the most educated group of pet trainers and behaviorists in the Atlanta area, we completed another in a sequence of internal training seminars designed to enhance each trainer’s knowledge and competency regarding canine learning theory, canine communication, new equipment and applications, and leading edge […]

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CPT Trainer’s Dog Achieves Prestigious Ranking

Zeek, a five-year old Boxer owned by CPT Trainer Melissa Cate, was recently honored by the United States Dog Agility Association (USDAA) as the third ranked Boxer in the Southeast and the fifth ranked agility Boxer in the nation. Melissa and Zeek compete in both obedience and agility. In obedience, Melissa and Zeek have earned […]

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CPT Agility Trainer Holly Schmidt Heads Local Chapter of the Teacup Dog Agility Association

CPT Agility Trainer Holly Schmidt Heads Local Chapter of the Teacup Dog Agility Association (TDAA) CPT Head Agility Trainer recently formed a local chapter of the Teacup Dog Agility Association (TDAA). The mission of the TDAA is to provide a competitive agility venue for dogs of small stature without regard to breed or pedigree. Obstacles […]

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New Agility Title for CPT Student

On Sunday October 26, CPT competition agility student Cathy Allred and her rescue dog, Lucy, an Australian Shepherd Mix, completed their second agility title- USDAA Performance 1 Gamblers. Previously Cathy and Lucy earned their USDAA Performance 1 Jumpers title. Cathy and Lucy earned their new title while competing in a United States Dog Agility Association […]

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CPT Trainer Melissa Cate Achieves Advanced Agility Title

CPT Agility Trainer Melissa Cate and her five-year old Boxer, Zeek, qualified for the third time in United States Dog Agility Association (USDAA) Starters Agility competitions. The third qualification earned Melissa and Zeek their USDAA Agility Dog (AD) title. While achieving their final qualifying leg, they also earned a third place finish. Zeek is the […]

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CPT Trainer Melissa Cate Achieves Agility Title

CPT Agility Trainer Melissa Cate and her five-year old Boxer, Zeek, qualified for the third time in United States Dog Agility Association (USDAA) Starters Jumpers competitions. The third qualification earned Melissa and Zeek their USDAA Starters Jumpers (SJ) title. While achieving their three qualifying legs, they earned one first and two second-place finishes. They now […]

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CPT Trainers Perform Lunch & Learn Seminar at Windward Animal Hospital

On Friday, August 29, CPT Trainer/Owner Mark Spivak and Veterinary Relations Manager Connie Levy appeared at Windward Animal Hospital on Jones Bridge Road in Johns Creek. Mark first explained CPT’s history, CPT’s services, and the advantages that position CPT as the highest quality provider of pet training services in the Atlanta metro area. Mark next […]

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CPT Trainers Perform Lunch & Learn Seminar at Peachtree Corners Animal Clinic

On Tuesday, August 12, CPT Trainer/Owner Mark Spivak and Veterinary Relations Manager Connie Levy appeared at Peachtree Corners Animal Clinic on Holcomb Bridge Road in Norcross. Mark first explained CPT’s history, CPT’s services, and the advantages that position CPT as the highest quality provider of pet training services in the Atlanta metro area. Dr. Kathryn […]

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CPT internal Training Seminar- Pack Behavior and Dog Day Care

In our continuing efforts to maintain the CPT training staff as the most educated group of pet trainers and behaviorists in the Atlanta area, we completed another in a sequence of internal training seminars designed to enhance each trainer’s knowledge and competency regarding canine learning theory, canine communication, new equipment and applications, and leading edge […]

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CPT Trainers Perform Lunch & Learn Seminar at Northbrook Animal Hospital

On Wednesday, June 25, CPT Trainer/Owner Mark Spivak and Veterinary Relations Manager Connie Levy appeared at Northbrook Animal Hospital on West Crossville Road in Roswell. Mark first explained CPT’s history and services, then assisted Dr. Cherie O’Keefe and the Hospital staff in resolving their pets’ behavioral and obedience problems, including a detailed consultations on dog-cat […]

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CPT Internal Training Seminar- Age Specific Puppy Training

In our continuing efforts to maintain the CPT Training staff as the most educated group of pet trainers in the Atlanta area, we completed another in a sequence of internal training seminars designed to enhance each trainer’s knowledge and competency regarding canine learning theory, canine communication, new equipment and applications, and leading edge training methodologies. […]

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CPT Trainers Perform Lunch & Learn Seminar at Shallowford Animal Hospital

On Tuesday, June 10, CPT Trainer/Owner Mark Spivak and Veterinary Relations Manager Connie Levy appeared at Shallowford Animal Hospital on Shallowford Road in Marietta. Mark first explained CPT’s history and services, then assisted Dr. Megan Riley and the Hospital staff in resolving their pets’ behavioral and obedience problems, including consultations on dog-dog aggression, barking, jumping, […]

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CPT Trainers Perform Lunch & Learn Seminar at Buckhead Animal Clinic

On Thursday, May 29, CPT Trainer/Owner Mark Spivak and Veterinary Relations Manager Connie Levy appeared at Buckhead Animal Clinic on Piedmont Circle in Atlanta. Mark first explained CPT’s history and services, then assisted Dr. Aleisha Swartz, Dr. Heather Markway, Practice Manager Jennifer Stotelmyer and the Hospital staff in resolving their pets’ behavioral and obedience problems, […]

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CPT Trainers Perform Lunch & Learn Seminar at Duluth Animal Hospital

On Wednesday, May 21, CPT Trainer/Owner Mark Spivak and Veterinary Relations Manager Connie Levy appeared at Duluth Animal Hospital on Buford Highway in Duluth. Mark first explained CPT’s history and services, then assisted Dr. Mike Miller, Dr. Vanessa Dodson, Hospital Manager Chris Early and the Hospital staff in resolving their pets’ behavioral and obedience problems, […]

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Agility Title for Rescue Dog Who Became a CPT Student

On Sunday May 18, CPT competition agility student Cathy Allred and her rescue dog, Lucy, an Australian Shepherd Mix, completed their first agility title- USDAA Performance Jumpers 1. They next plan to participate at the more difficult Performance Jumpers 2 level. When Cathy first enrolled Lucy at CPT, she never contemplated competing in agility. Her […]

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CPT Trainers Perform Lunch & Learn Seminar at Lenox Pet Hospital

On Thursday, May 15, CPT Trainer/Owner Mark Spivak and Veterinary Relations Manager Connie Levy appeared at Lenox Pet Hospital on Colonial Drive in the Brookhaven section of Atlanta. Mark first explained CPT’s history and services, then assisted Dr. David Bressman, Office Manager Sandra McClurkin and the Hospital staff in resolving their pets’ behavioral and obedience […]

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CPT Trainers Perform Second Lunch & Learn Seminar at Northside Drive Pet Hospital

On Thursday, May 8, CPT Trainer/Owner Mark Spivak and Veterinary Relations Manager Connie Levy appeared at Northside Drive Pet Hospital on Northside Drive in Atlanta. This was Northside’s second lunch and learn with CPT. Northside’s veterinarians and staff found the first meeting informative and productive. Therefore, they requested a second meeting to better learn about […]

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CPT Trainers Perform Second Lunch & Learn Seminar at Wieuca Animal Clinic

On Thursday, May 1, CPT Trainer/Owner Mark Spivak, Trainer Patricia King, and Veterinary Relations Manager Connie Levy appeared at Wieuca Animal Clinic on Roswell Road in Atlanta. This was Wieuca’s second lunch and learn with CPT. Wieuca’s veterinarians and staff found the first meeting informative and productive. Therefore, they requested a second meeting to better […]

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CPT Trainers Perform Lunch & Learn Seminar at Ivy Hill Animal Hospital

On Wednesday, April 2, CPT Trainer/Owner Mark Spivak and Veterinary Relations Manager Connie Levy appeared at Ivy Hill Animal Hospital on Medlock Bridge Road in Johns Creek. Mark first explained CPT’s history and services, then assisted Doctors Donna Adams and Nell Tillis and the Hospital staff in resolving their pets’ behavioral and obedience problems, including […]

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CPT Trainers Perform Lunch & Learn Seminar at South Forsyth Animal Hospital

On Wednesday, March 26, CPT Trainer/Owner Mark Spivak and Veterinary Relations Manager Connie Levy appeared at South Forsyth Animal Hospital on McGinnis Ferry Road in Johns Creek. Mark first explained CPT’s history and services, then assisted Doctors Cheryl O’Neal and Lisa Hillier and the Hospital staff in resolving their pets’ behavioral and obedience problems, including […]

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CPT Trainer Melissa Cate Achieves Obedience Title

On Saturday February 2, CPT Trainer Melissa Cate and her Boxer, Zeek, completed their AKC Companion Dog (CD) title. Zeek’s qualifying leg was his third of a required three legs toward his title, which included a third place finish with a score of 188. Melissa and Zeek have now started training for their Open (CDX) […]

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CPT Internal Training Seminar- Clicker Training

In our continuing efforts to keep the CPT training staff as the most educated group of pet trainers in the Atlanta area, we have commenced a series of internal seminars designed to enhance the trainers’ knowledge regarding canine learning theory, canine communication, new equipment and applications, and leading edge training methodologies. On January 22, 2008, […]

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CPT Trainers Perform Second Lunch & Learn Seminar at Averill Animal Hospital

On Wednesday, December 12, CPT Trainer/Owner Mark Spivak and Krista Weaver appeared at Averill Animal Hospital on Villa Rica Way in Marietta. This was Averill’s second lunch and learn with CPT. Averill’s veterinarians and staff found the first meeting informative and productive. Therefore, they requested a second meeting to better learn about CPT’s programs and […]

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CPT Trainers Perform Lunch & Learn Seminar at Northside Drive Pet Hospital

On Tuesday, November 27, CPT Trainers Mark Spivak and Krista Weaver appeared at Northside Drive Pet Hospital on Northside Drive in Atlanta. Mark first explained CPT’s history and services, then assisted two of the veterinarians and the Hospital staff in resolving their pets’ behavioral and obedience problems, including consultations on jumping, basic obedience, anxiety reduction, […]

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In Wisconsin Title for CPT Competition Student

In Wisconsin, Three First Place Finishes, Three High-In-Trials and New Novice Obedience Title for CPT Competition Student CPT competition obedience student Mary Ann Butler recently achieved an unbeaten and near perfect performance over a three-day Wisconsin weekend. On Friday, October 12, Mary Ann and her female Rottweiler Dessa, earned a FIRST PLACE finish at the […]

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CPT Trainer Featured in the AKC Junior News

CPT Agility Trainer Sierra Schmidt is prominently featured in the September 2007 AKC Junior News, the American Kennel Club’s official newsletter of the AKC Junior Organization. After 17-year old Sierra achieved a first place finish in the inaugural AKC National Agility Invitational, competing against seasoned adults, including world team members, the AKC asked Sierra to […]

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CPT Internal Training Seminar- Gentle Leader®

In our continuing efforts to keep the CPT training staff as the most educated group of pet trainers in the Atlanta area, we have commenced a series of internal seminars designed to enhance the trainers’ knowledge regarding canine learning theory, canine communication, new equipment and applications, and leading edge training methodologies. On September 18, 2007, […]

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CPT Internal Training Seminar- Calming Signals

In our continuing efforts to keep the CPT training staff as the most educated group of pet trainers in the Atlanta area, we have commenced a series of internal seminars designed to enhance the trainers’ knowledge regarding canine learning theory, canine communication, new equipment and applications, and leading edge training methodologies. On August 14, 2007, […]

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Two First Place Finishes and New Novice Obedience Title

CPT’s competition obedience team recently achieved two first place finishes and a new title at the Novice level. On Saturday, July 14, CPT competition student Jennie Walsh and her Swiss Mountain Dog Mix, Argos, earned a FIRST PLACE finish at the Novice A level with a score of 192.5 in the Australian Shepherd Club of […]

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CPT Trainers Perform Lunch & Learn Seminar at Roswell Animal Hospital

On Tuesday, July 10, CPT Trainers Mark Spivak and Krista Weaver appeared at Roswell Animal Hospital on Alpharetta Highway/Highway 9 in Roswell. Mark and Krista first explained CPT’s history and services, then assisted several of the veterinarians, hospital manager Bill Grubb, and the Hospital staff in resolving their pets’ behavioral and obedience problems, including consultations […]

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CPT Trainers Perform Lunch & Learn Seminar at Falcon Village Animal Hospital

On Monday, March 5, CPT Trainers Mark Spivak and Krista Weaver appeared at Falcon Village Animal Hospital on Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road in Suwanee. Mark and Krista first explained CPT’s history and services, then assisted several of the veterinarians, hospital manager Claudia Bradbury, and the Hospital staff in resolving their pets’ behavioral and obedience problems, including consultations […]

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CPT Trainers Perform Lunch & Learn Seminar at Crossroads Animal Clinic

On Friday, February 23, CPT Trainers Mark Spivak and Krista Weaver appeared at Dr. Stephanie Baker Oteri’s Crossroads Animal Clinic on Peachtree Industrial Boulevard in Suwanee. 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, basic obedience, and […]

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CPT Trainer on Animal Planet

CPT Agility Trainer Sierra Schmidt will prominently appear in Animal Planet’s upcoming broadcasts of the AKC National Agility Invitational. Follow the ups and downs, ins and outs, backs and forths, and overs and unders of some of the world’s best four-legged athletes and their handler/trainers as they attempt to conquer an obstacle course full of […]

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CPT Trainers Perform Seminar at Suwanee Animal Hospital

On Wednesday, January 31, CPT Trainers Mark Spivak and Krista Weaver appeared at Dr. Margaret Fitzgerald’s Suwanee Animal Hospital. Mark and Krista first explained CPT’s history and services, then answered general questions on pet obedience and behavior, including applications for clicker training, effective communication skills, and counterconditioning techniques to reduce possessive aggression. The staff appreciated […]

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CPT Agility Trainer Wins National Championship

Comprehensive Pet Therapy (CPT) is pleased to inform that on December 3, 2006, CPT Agility Trainer Sierra Schmidt, of Alpharetta, won the 8-inch height class in the inaugural American Kennel Club (AKC) Agility Invitational held in Long Beach, California. Sierra and her Bichon Frise, Balto, defeated 80 elite competitors, including a former world team member, […]

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CPT Trainers Perform Seminar at North Atlanta Animal Medical Center

On Friday, December 8, CPT Trainers Mark Spivak and Krista Weaver appeared at Dr. Todd Lavender’s North Atlanta Animal Medical Center. 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, digging, basic obedience, anxiety reduction, and aggression reduction. […]

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CPT Trainers Perform Seminar at Wieuca Animal Clinic

On Tuesday, December 5, CPT Trainers Mark Spivak, Krista Weaver, and Patricia King appeared at Dr. Andy Smith’s Wieuca Animal Clinic in north Buckhead. 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, digging, obedience, and aggression reduction. […]

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CPT Trainers Perform Seminar at Pets Are People Too- Ansley

On Wednesday, November 8, CPT Trainers Mark Spivak and Krista Weaver appeared at Pets Are People Too’s Ansley 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 a hands-on demonstration on extinguishing jumping behavior and dog-dog aggression. The staff appreciated […]

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CPT Student Earns Prestigious Utility Title

Comprehensive Pet Therapy (CPT) is pleased to inform that on October 22, 2006, CPT competition student Christina Shrake, formerly of Marietta, GA, and now residing in Phoenix, AZ, and her Golden Retriever, Dakota, earned the prestigious American Kennel Club (AKC) Utility Dog (UD) title. To earn the UD title, a dog/handler team needs to have […]

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