The Relationship Between Owner and Dog Anxiety


One of the more intriguing impressions is the apparent correlation between anxious owners and dogs exhibiting anxious behavior, aggressive behavior, or both. 

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Therapy Dog Class

Alan Towles and Gracie- Therapy Dog

Alan Towles and his Golden Retriever, Gracie, recently graduated from CPT’s Therapy Dog Class taught by Melissa Nelson.  They are now a working therapy team for Happy Tails. CPT’s Therapy Dog Class provides a unique curriculum that rapidly prepares human and canine students to excel in practical therapy environments.  The class teaches multiple task behaviors that […]

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Agility Titlist!

Meghan Toler and Lincoln- CPT Agility graduates and AKC titlists!

CPT agility student Meghan Toler and her Miniature Schnauzer/Yorkshire Terrier mix, Lincoln, recently achieved 2 qualifying scores with 2 first place finishes in AKC competition.  Congratulations Meghan!! Regardless of whether you wish to participate solely for fun or have competition aspirations, CPT has an outstanding agility program.  Our group class and private lesson programs build human-dog […]

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Tricks Class Graduates and AKC Tricks Titlists!

Tricks Class Grads

Trick or treat?  What about tricks for treats?  You can get that with CPT’s Tricks Class! Congratulations to Sarah Boone and Millie, Marian Scopa and Zealand, and Chris Griswold and LouLou, our recent CPT Tricks graduates!  In the process, each handler-dog team earned the title of AKC Tricks Dog.  Outstanding! Tricks improves human-dog team building. […]

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Nat Geo Author Interviews CPT’s Alex Collier and Mark Spivak

(l - r) Mark Spivak, Jenny Holland, Mark Leamer, Reghan Fraley, K9 Officer Brandon DeCosse, John Bobo, and K9 Officer Will Treadwell.

National Geographic author Jenny Holland recently visited CPT to interview CPT’s Alex Collier and Mark Spivak for an upcoming book Jenny is writing about canine cognition.   Day 1: Jenny Holland’s visit commenced on Monday, August 16, 2021.  The day began by Alex discussing olfactory and cognitive processing pertinent to search and rescue and cadaver […]

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Robin Puryear

Robin Puryear

CPT is very fortunate to have Robin Puryear on staff.  Robin’s animal training education started at 4 years of age, when she coaxed her parents to enroll her in professional horse riding lessons. Today, many decades later, she still successfully shows horses in dressage, a horse competition emphasizing obedience, precision, flexibility, and balance. Similarly, Robin’s dog […]

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CPT Trainer Karen Smalley Wins Obedience Competitions

Obedience- CPT Trainer Karen Smalley Wins Obedience Competition

CPT Trainer Karen Smalley again proved she is one of the top competition obedience dog trainers in Atlanta and the Southeast by winning both the Utility class and High Combined award at the Peach Blossom Cluster dog show. The Peach Blossom Cluster, hailed as the “largest dog show in the southeast,” was held October 14 – […]

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CPT Featured on PBS’s Your Fantastic Mind

Your Fantastic Mind

CPT was recently featured in the PBS documentary series “Your Fantastic Mind.”  The episode, “Dogs,” premiered on Wednesday, September 14, 2020 and is currently available via online streaming. Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPB) produced, directed, and edited “Dogs,” which was filmed at CPT and at Emory University.  The episode discusses scientific discoveries related to dog cognition […]

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CPT Featured in Article on Virtual Dog Training author Ryan Bergeron featured CPT in an April 26, 2020 article about virtual dog training.  The article, entitled “Tips for Training Your Dog While You’re Stuck at Home,” discusses the benefits of virtual dog training versus allowing problems to fester, how to socialize a puppy or newly adopted adult dog while maintaining social distancing, […]

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CPT Service Dog Program Featured in NY Times Bestseller

Doctor Dogs

The CPT Service Dog Program earned significant coverage in the recent New York Times bestselling book “Doctor Dogs,” authored by Maria Goodavage.  Doctor Dogs communicates heartwarming stories of how highly trained dogs provide medical benefit to humans.

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