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.
Mark did a one on one with our new puppy. He was great and extremely knowledgeable. I highly recommend CPT.
- John H.
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.
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 have been delighted with the improved behavior in our cat, Sasha, since having one therapy session with head trainer Mark Spivak. We believe Sasha had been poorly treated prior to our rescuing her from a shelter. While she seemed to seek affection, she would snap and actually bite whenever we reached down to pet her. Our friends were afraid of her. Mark gave us advice on how to minimize Sasha's stress, such as removing her from the room when very active children were present. He also taught us a drill to help Sasha associate being petted with positive outcomes.
We observed a marked improvement in Sasha's behavior within five days of Mark's visit. When I came in the door from work and Sasha started wanting attention, she actually allowed me to reach down and pet her! Previously, she hadn't been happy unless I lay on the floor and let her climb on top of me. Only then would she purr and let me pet her.
I have tried to keep Sasha out of the room when I tutor particularly antsy kids who are in her face all the time. She hasn't liked being put in the basement, but I think it's preferable to feeling harassed. I've told the students who I do keep around Sasha that she is easily scared and we need to wait for her to come to us. I've also asked them not to pet her. This has worked pretty well.
I'm convinced that the pet-click-praise-treat method has made a significant difference in Sasha's demeanor.
Thank you so much. Your help was worth every penny!
- Sharon M.
My kids and I had such a good experience with our trainer, Karen. She's encouraging and clear...a really neat person who learned all the dogs and owners' names and left us feeling like we were in the competent hands of a professional. Incredibly patient and specific in her instruction. Great experience for our whole family!
- Martha K.
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
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.
What a pleasure it is to have Well Mannered dogs! We learned what to do and why and our Girls have become model family members. Mark and his CPT staff are first rate and the outcome has been better than we expected. Don't think twice, call Mark at CPT.
- Frank & Charlene A.
I signed up for in home training with Mark after my two year old lab was exhibiting unwanted dominant behaviors that were out of control. The turnaround I have seen in my dog since the training is phenomenal. He's easier to walk, listens to me, and is all around a much happier dog. Yes, there is still lots to work on, but Mark truly helped me find new ways to effectively communicate with my dog and did so in a manner that was easy to understand and didn't make me feel defensive. The difference in my dog brings tears of joy to my eyes making this money spent on private in home training worth every penny!
- Valerie B.
I moved here from Texas with a timid, skittish rescue girl. Although I didn't find CPT right away I am very glad to have finally found my way down Roswell Road. Lucy could be a poster child for why it's worth the effort. I like that Mark explains the psychology behind the actions, has homework for us and goals. Holly Schmidt totally turned around our agility training. Lucy was afraid of everything including her previous instructor. Holly took the time to let Lucy come to trust her. Holly goes way over and above whats expected to help us be successful. Lucy just attained her first agility title and I can honestly say I couldn't have done it without the folks at CPT training and caring about me and my partner, Lucy.
- Cathy A.
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
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
Mark Spivak, CPT's owner, came to our house to work with our dog Junior, a stray American Eskimo Dog with virtually no training. Mark was courteous, professional, and effective. He never raised his voice or did anything to make me uncomfortable with him and Junior and our other dog, CoCo. I was unsure about exactly how I wanted Junior to improve; Mark quickly formulated a methodology for Junior (and CoCo), patiently demonstrated how to implement it, and politely critiqued my efforts. I have read many dog training books and have worked with other trainers, with middling results. Mark's methods worked immediately, with no roughness or unpleasantness. I recommend CPT unreservedly.
- Susie B
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
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
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 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 have two dogs who have both been "customers" of CPT over the last 3 years. From the Puppy Class, to Intermediate Training, to Board Training, to vacation boarding and personal training sessions - they have always exceeded my expectations. Mark Spivak, the owner, is like "the dog whisperer"! He communicates with dogs on a level like I've never seen. They respond by listening and choosing to please. His understanding of dogs and his ability to diagnose and resolve issues is uncanny. He has always been knowledgeable and professional with me (the 2-legged customer!. Andrea Stark has board trained one of my dogs, she vacation boards both of them, and has done a few personal training sessions with me. I have referred her services to several of my friends who use her exclusively for boarding their dogs. Andrea's patience and gentle demeanor with my pets allows them to trust her. And there is no one I trust with my "kidz" when I am out of town - but her! When my dogs are at "Camp Andrea's", I can relax and enjoy my vacation knowing they are in the best of hands. I highly recommend CPT for any services relative to dogs - they are outstanding!
- Janne M
My Katrina dog and I have been through beginner, intermediate, and advanced obedience at CPT. We have also taken beginner agility and are now enrolled in intermediate agility. We have had a great time! It was especially fun for both of us to hike off-leash during the advanced class. The best was seeing him go for his first swim during class. The look on his face when he realized he could swim with the big dogs was priceless. CPT is the best.
Thank for everything,
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.
Thanks so much for your great teaching. We knew when we got Leila that we'd need training for her – and us! All of the literature on Huskies said they are energetic and willful. Since completing CPT Training she fits in great with our camping and hiking. Moreover, we know her good behavior in the house and with the neighborhood children is due to the schooling with you. I have been so impressed with your professionalism, knowledge, and understanding. You're terrific!
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.
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,
(and Pooh, of course!)
Tom and I want to let you know what a great job we feel your trainer, Patricia McDonnell, has done with our dog Lucy.
As you are aware, Lucy exhibited a lot of fear aggression towards people prior to her week at "doggie camp" with Patricia. While she is not yet 100% trained, we are totally amazed at the difference in her. She is a different dog, much better than we had hoped for.
We actually cringed while writing the check for her boarding training, but we are so thankful we made the decision to do this.
Please tell your clients not to give up on their fear-aggressive animals before trying the boarding training – even 1 week can make a huge difference.
Thanks again to Patricia, Karen, and you for helping us keep our dog and our sanity!
Elyse & Tom C
I am writing you this letter on behalf of the wonderful service I received from Mr. Lee Mischiara. I spoke to Lee over the phone and discussed the situation that I have with my special dog, Java. He was extremely professional on the phone. He offered some terrific advice while I was talking to him. After speaking to Lee at length about Java, I had decided that I wanted Lee to come and help me train Java. Java is the kind of dog that requires one-on-one attention; he does not get along with other dogs or people. Lee and I worked together to set up a time on a weekly basis that was best for everyone. Lee came over every Saturday for eight straight weeks.
Lee was incredible! Java really took to Lee. Lee not only informed me on the correct way to train Java, but some changes I had to make in order to train Java. Everything Lee told me to do worked! I now understand that training a dog also requires the owner to make changes in his or her behavior, because without knowing it I was partially to blame for Java's behavior.
Well, after the eight weeks of training were over Java was a different dog. I have worked on everything Lee has told me, and I am very pleased with the results. Thanks to Lee, Java is now the dog I always knew he could be.
I have told everyone I know how wonderful Lee and Comprehensive Pet Therapy is. I will continue to sing the praises of your training program.
Thank you so much for helping our family with the training (and understanding) of Chevas and Jackson. Chevas has greatly improved in the past year and, thanks to your help and training, he is the best dog I have ever had. Jack is still learning, but improving quickly. I look forward to eventually titling both of our dogs in competition obedience.
I want to also thank Mark for the private lesson on aggression. David and I have been working on both dogs with the aggression problems we have been experiencing and they seem to be working well.
CPT is a great place and I am thankful that I came upon it. David and I are so pleased with the results we have gained from CPT training and we will highly recommend it to anyone who wishes to take their dog through obedience classes.
Have a great holiday and we look forward to seeing you next year!
Recently we needed to board Lucy, our ten month old Labrador Retriever/Chow Chow mix foundling, for four days. Lucy is sweet tempered, social and very well intentioned. But, although we attended a basic obedience course, I did not spend any time outside of the one hour per week during class to train her to be obedient or easy to live with.
I did not hesitate to arrange to board Lucy with Annette Redner, a CPT trainer who kept Lucy previously during vacation time. Lucy very clearly enjoyed her earlier stay immensely. We liked how she was able to spend time outdoors and in the company of Annette's pets. After a great deal of thought about the additional investment, we decided to ask Annette to also train Lucy during this stay to respond to the basic obedience commands and (her habit of the greatest social aggravation) to STOP JUMPING ON PEOPLE!
Annete interviewed me thoroughly as we made our arrangements before delivering Lucy so that Annette could have a sense of Lucy's current behaviors and we would all understand our expectations for the training. Annette was familiar with Lucy and agreed that she should be a good candidate for training. We extended Lucy's stay with Annette to nine days, and hoped.
We picked Lucy up four days ago. Annette spent almost two hours giving us a course in Dog Psychology 101, including training us to use the appropriate commands at the right times, even how to position ourselves and what not to do. Not only does Lucy now respond to the four basics of Sit, Down, Stay and Come, but at least three others that I can now think of and SHE DOES NOT JUMP ON PEOPLE!
Annette's training exceeded all of our expectations. Lucy was happy when we picked her up and obviously had been treated with kindness and love during her stay. Of course, we knew we must continue to practice with Lucy and use the knowledge that Annette gave us. We have enrolled again in CPT's eight week basic obedience course that is included in our price for a board train. I would not hesitate to recommend CPT's programs and Annette Redner in particular. You and she may certainly use me or this letter as a reference.
Very truly yours,
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I have trained two dogs with them, and they both came out well trained. They have the right approach to training dogs, not only are the dogs trained, but the owners too! That's important in order to keep your dog trained properly.
My dog and I have completed 2 obedience classes with CPT (beg and intermediate obedience). The classes are taught along a very established curriculum which includes a written description of what you are learning each week and homework. Great to reference even after you complete the course, with details that let you go back and work on any skills you may have forgotten. The trainers use non-threatening methods and positive reinforcement. Their methods are fun and effective. At the beginner level, I learned alot from the other dogs and owners. We all make mistakes - being in a group class you learn from everyone's experience. The instructor does a great job of sharing what he is thinking and why he handles a situation the way he does - that allows you the student to understand why you are doing something, vs just memorizing what to do. The intermediate class gets more fun, as the exercises get harder and more complex, sometimes with a little competition for fun.
I have been a happy CPT customer for over 10 years. My dog became aggressive with me and I was afraid that I would have to place him with another family. I had an in-home private lesson with one of the CPT trainers who taught me cognitive methods (not using physical force) to gain my dog’s respect and acquire control over him. After that, I signed up for beginner group lessons with Mark Spivak – a genius with animals! It is amazing how quickly he can assess an animal’s temperament, and then tailor his training methods to that particular animal, based on its personality. I saw such an amazing improvement in my dog’s behavior after the beginner class that I signed up for the intermediate class with Mark and realized that my dog had a strong aptitude for obedience training and actually loved it! In fact, I found the group classes and homework assignments to be a fabulous bonding experience for my dog and me. He became a wonderful pet and because it was fun, we continued to train and went on to achieve several obedience titles under Mark’s guidance. I also did board training with Mark, and found the progress my dog made while with Mark was light years beyond what I could have done on my own. I will continue to recommend CPT to my friends and family with highest praise, and I'm excited to start obedience training with my new puppy at CPT!
The owner is great and very knowledgeable. I highly recommend either training classes or boarding training. Your dog will be much more attentive and well-behaved.
Our dog has been through three series of classes and all have been well done. The trainers really know their stuff and the classes are fun for us and the pup. Highly recommended.
Mark, the owner, really cares about you receiving the best training for your particular pet's needs. I have done boarding training and a basic obedience class. Both were excellent - my Mighty Max responded well to this training. I recommended my brother and his new puppy - they are also doing well in their training too!
We brought our puppy to CPT for basic training and he learned so much! In the first few classes our dog was the trouble maker of the group, but by the time the course was over, he was the most improved pooch there. He learned to sit, lay down, and stay all on command. With expert help from the instructors our dog was obeying our directions without any hesitation! The staff seems to really enjoy working with pets and interacting with the owners. This training school has exactly what dog owners are looking for!
We completed beginner and intermediate obedience with different instructors and have had great results every time. The dogs love it there, too, and learn a lot from the time spent in class.
We took two group classes. They were GREAT. And I've been in other group classes at other places in the past.
We used them to train Molly and she really learned alot in the class. Who said you can't teach an old dog new tricks?
We took our dog to CPT classes when she was a puppy and it really helped. The teachers are great and the basic concepts are easily picked up by most dogs. They are also able to come to your home and help with certain issues you may be having with your pet.
We took our Beagle for Beginner Training and had great success with the program and after 8 weeks we are very happy with the results.
My dog's behavioral problems have gone away.