CPT Training News

CPT News

CPT Agility Trainer Jessa Fagan is expecting her first child in September. Yes, it is a boy. Prior to her pregnancy leave, Jessa and her German Shepherd Dog, Piper, achieved their AKC Open Standard and Jumpers titles (OA and OAJ), which included nine first place finishes out of 12 competitions entered.

CPT Trainer Mark Kane passed the national certification test offered by the Association of Pet Dog Trainers. Mark is now accredited as a Certified Pet Dog Trainer (CPDT).

CPT Trainer Elyssa Korman and her Samoyed, Astro, achieved their first leg in AKC Open level Obedience at a show in Perry, Georgia. Elyssa and Astro expect to complete their Open (CDX) title in Savannah in July 2004.

CPT Agility Trainer Holly Schmidt and her Toy Poodle, Pippin, came in 6th in their height class at the AKC Nationals in Long Beach, California. Through their consistently outstanding performances (including over 50 first place finishes) Holly and Pippin achieved the prestigious Master Agility Championship (MACH) title. Pippin is the first MACH Toy Poodle in the state of Georgia. Pippin has also been the second ranked AKC Poodle nationally in combined rankings that include Standard, Miniature, and Toy sizes. Holly will be starting new Agility classes at CPT-Sandy Springs beginning Tuesday, May 18 at 7 PM and 8 PM. Perhaps, some CPT students can one day mirror Holly’s accomplishments.

CPT Assistant Agility Trainer Sierra Schmidt (Holly’s daughter) came in second regionally in the Junior Division at the Purina Incredible Dog Challenge held at Disney’s Wide World of Sports outside of Orlando, Florida. Sierra and her Bichon Frise, Balto, defeated numerous challengers from throughout the east coast, including numerous Border Collies, Australian Shepherds, and Shelties. Balto was the only non-herding dog as well as the smallest dog entered in the competition, but proved his mettle and his trainer’s acumen with his second place finish. The tournament will be broadcast nationally during July 2004 on either PAX or NBC.

CPT Trainer Karen Smalley and her Border Collie, Casey, achieved three consecutive first place finishes (including a high score of 198 out of a possible 200 points) while achieving their AKC Open titles. Karen and Casey plan to compete at the Utility level in September 2004.

CPT Head Trainer Mark Spivak was featured in the Alpharetta Neighbor and the Atlanta Jewish Times’ Chai Magazine for his accomplishments in the field of pet training. Not resting on his laurels, Mark furthered his knowledge by attending the Ian Dunbar Conference on dog sexuality, aggression, learning theory, training, and classroom games held in Orlando, Florida. Mark also coaches Karen, Elyssa, and Andrea and has coached Holly and Sierra. Additionally, Mark coached CPT competition student Jennifer Falkner and her Boston Terrier, Hampton, to two first place finishes at the Open level in Greenville, South Carolina and a second place finish in Perry, Georgia, which achieved their AKC CDX title.

CPT Trainer Andrea Stark is preparing her Toy Poodle, Sprinkles, for AKC Novice level (CD) competition. Andrea plans to enter Sprinkles in their first competition in September 2004.

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