• Perry Parks (Director of Training)
  • Curtis Sharp (Dir of Basic & Advanced Obedience Training)
  • Terri O’Brien (Director of Puppy School)

Our Master Trainer is Perry Parks. Perry is very well known and highly regarded by all within the dog training profession. Each member of our training staff has been schooled in Perry’s proprietary training techniques so as to be capable of effectively addressing every Client’s needs.


Master Trainer

Perry Parks is a certified Master Dog Trainer. He became very interested in dogs as a young boy growing up in Cherry Hill, NJ. His fascination soon grew into a passion, which ultimately led to a long career as a highly decorated Police K9 Officer in Medford Township, NJ. He has trained thousands of companion and Police dogs, many of which have won awards at National competitions. Perry is an expert at diagnosing and solving behavioral problems, even those that others have considered unsolvable.
“It is better to teach your dog the right way rather than to correct him for what he has done wrong. Always be fair and kind to your dog and at the end of each lesson love and praise your dog!” This is Perry’s core philosophy.

Some of Perry’s Achievements:

  • Has over 33 years of K9 law enforcement handler and dog training experience.
  • Is recognized as one of the top dog trainers in the United States for companion and law enforcement related dog training disciplines.
  • Served as past President of the United States Police Canine Association Region 15 for two terms.
  • Co-authored and designed the NJ State Attorney General’s K9 Training Program, which has been adopted by other states and remains the standard protocol for training law enforcement dogs.
  • Provides K9, guard dog, and scent detection consultation services to Homeland Security, FBI, Foreign Governments, Public and Private Companies, and Executives looking for discrete solutions to our world’s ever increasing security challenges.
  • Is one of only a few dog-training professionals qualified to serve as an expert witness in Federal Court for Police K9 related litigation cases.
  • Was a US Police K9 Association Regional Judge for 20 years.
  • Has consistently earned the highest recommendations by the veterinary community.

Much of Perry’s success is related to his respectful, caring and passionate approach to dogs. Clients find him to be very engaging, likable and effective.


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Director Of Training

Terri O’Brien brings a tremendous amount of dog training experience, passion and versatility to our ACDT Staff. These qualities and her level of commitment are most evident when she is training or caring for dogs. Clients appreciate Terri’s perfectionism and detail-oriented approach which produce great results, a fun time, and a very well trained dog.

Terri oversees our Puppy School and Agility Training programs. If you have a new puppy addition to your family, Terri will ensure that your pup is properly trained. In virtually all cases this will prevent behavioral or environmental related issues from developing. Those issues are common in untrained puppies.

Terri is a registered nurse (RN) and nutrition buff. Her fitness and Nutrition programs are well thought out and provide another advantage for your puppy.


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Sgt. Ray Harris is an 8 year Veteran with the State of Delaware Department of Corrections. While perusing his career in Law Enforcement, he also discovered a lifelong passion for breeding, training and competing with dogs. Ray became a member of Schutzhund USA and The National Working Dog Association and began competing in 2005. As an avid competitor, Ray has won numerous awards and trophies in both k9 sports across the east coast.

In 2015 Ray became a certified decoy with Schutzhund USA which gave him the ability to decoy for club trials in the United States. Ray has done Schutzhund decoy work for Schutzhund Clubs in New Jersey, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and Michigan. Ray has now expanded this second career into working and helping develop local police K-9. In 2017, Ray became a member of the USPCA to decoy and help local police k9 certify and compete in multiple regional trials.

His goals for the future are to continue to compete in Schutzhund and to be invited to overseas to represent the United States against other countries. Also, to continue working with the Police k9 and decoying for regional and National trials.


Sean Schwartz served in the United States Air Force for 11 years. During his time with the military, he attended the Department of Defense’s Military Working Dog Handler’s course where he fostered his passion for training and bonding with canines. After certifying on his first Military Working Dog, Sean supported Operation Enduring Freedom during three separate combat deployments with his Military Working Dog.

Sean attended the Department of Defense’s Supervisor Course for Military Working Dog Handlers. Supervisor’s course allowed Sean to work with the most difficult dogs in the military and prepare them to happily function in high-stress environments. During his time with the military, Sean sought out extracurricular training with Schutzhund Competition Trainers, the Jersey State Police Department, and the New Jersey State Correctional Regional Special Response Team.

After dedicating two years to apprentice under an American Kennel Club Evaluator, Sean certified as an American Kennel Club Evaluator and maintains his AKC Evaluator title. Sean’s goal with every dog is to create and shape healthy behaviors for families and their pets to thrive.


Lead Trainer

Curtis Sharp’s involvement with dog training began with the desire to acquire a protection dog for his family. He obtained a potentially suitable rescue dog, Barley, that was aggressive toward threatening strangers but unfortunately also toward everyone else.

Thus Curtis’ dog training adventures began. After an extended period of hard work during which he absorbed the training methods of multiple experienced trainers, Curtis succeeded in transforming Barley into an “obedience champion”. This positive outcome led Curtis to seek, outside of his regular employment, a deeper involvement in dog training. Starting from 2014 and continuing into 2017 he worked as a trainer and K9 decoy.

This included extensive experience with both the Mt. Laurel police department and the Alpha and Omega Working Dog Group.

Some of Curtis’ Achievements:

  • Rehabilitating dog aggressive, people aggressive, and nervous dogs into happy home companions.
  • Training police K9s in criminal apprehension, including one of the youngest dogs to hit the streets (11 months).
  • Turning companion dogs into fierce personal and home protectors.
  • Training dogs in Schutzhund/IPO, a German working dog sport that involves three phases in each trial: protection, obedience, and tracking.
  • Working with special needs individuals.

Curtis is a current member of the United Schutzhund Club of America and was a founding member of the Alpha and Omega Working Dog Group. He is presently working towards Schutzhund/IPO titles for his German Shepherds. Curtis lives on his family farm with his wife, grandmother, and two daughters. Barley is now happily retired.


  • MA in Philosophy, University of Rochester, 2011
  • MA in Philosophy, Minor in Latin, Texas Tech University, 2008
  • BA in Philosophy, University of Kutztown, 2006


Our Assistant Trainers have been personally recruited, trained, and certified by Perry Parks. They practice and embrace his proven dog training philosophy and methods, and they share a deep love for dogs and people. Coming from a diverse set of professional backgrounds, they bring special skill sets to our training program. Their areas of expertise include:

  • Leaders in K9 Search and Rescue organizations
  • Military
  • First responders
  • Veterinary technicians
  • Dog groomers

Please feel free to come out and experience the excitement that we share with our clients and their companions.