Our Team

Master Trainer To Top

Perry Parks - Dog Trainer
Perry Parks is a certified Master Dog Trainer. He became 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 K9 dogs, many of which have competed top level at the Nationals. Perry is an expert at diagnosing and solving dogs' behavioral problems.

Perry's Core Philosophy

"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!"

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 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.
  • Perry's reputation as a great dog trainer has consistently earned him 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.

Police K9 Trainer To Top

Joseph Canuso has been a Police Officer since 2001, and is currently a 12 year veteran of the Medford NJ Township Police Department. Joe was assigned to the K-9 unit in 2005 with his first partner, Nomos. Nomos was a Belgian Malinois cross-trained in explosive detection and patrol. Joe and Nomos competed both regionally and nationally at numerous USPCA Police Dog Trials, obtaining the designation of Top New Jersey Dog Team, and ranked 13th overall in the nation.

Joe formerly served as President of the USPCA Region 15 New Jersey chapter for several years. In 2010 he obtained his Scent Certification from the New Jersey State Police. In 2015 he obtained both his Patrol Certification and Supervisory Trainer Certification from the New Jersey State Police K-9 Academy. Presently, Joe is teamed with his second partner, Rio, who is also cross trained in explosive detection and patrol.

Puppy School Professor, Daycare Manager, Agility Instructor and Trainer To Top

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, as they produce great results, a fun time, and a very well trained dog.

Terri oversees our Puppy School, Doggy Day Care and Agility Training programs. If you have a new puppy addition to your family, Terri will ensure your pup is properly trained to help prevent behavioral or environmental related issues from developing. Those types of issues are common in untrained puppies.

Terri is a registered nurse (RN) and nutrition buff. Her K9 fitness and Nutrition programs are well thought out and provide another advantage for your dog.

Diversified Skill Sets To Top

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. They come from a diverse set of professional backgrounds and 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.

Absolute Control Dog Training Academy, 18 Charles Street, Medford, NJ 08055. Phone 609-451-5252