Jenn Merritt, CPDT-KA, BS

Cofounder – Curriculum Developer, Writer, Professional Dog Trainer

About Jenn

Jenn has been a dog lover since she was a little girl. After graduating from college with a degree in psychology she adopted a rescued Australian Shepherd named Elvis. That little blue dog led Jenn to discover science based, positive reinforcement dog training. Jenn started volunteering with dog training classes in 1998, acquired her CPDT-KA certification as a professional dog trainer through the Certification Council of Professional Dog Trainers in 2003, became a guild certified Tellington TTouch practitioner in 2006, and a Family Paws Parent Educator in 2015. Jenn lives in Hamilton, Ontario, with her dogs Royal and Bernie and runs Blue Dog Creature Coaching, helping growing families and their pets live better together.

What Jenn Does at Good Dog in a Box

Jenn is responsible for all the curriculum development for each Good Dog product. She creates all the dog training related content for the videos, activity guides, and Good Dog blog. Jenn is our featured trainer in our online training videos and in all the printed training material that comes with Good Dog subscriptions.

Contacting Jenn

You can reach Jenn through her email at

Speaking & Guest Blogging

Jenn has been speaking to audiences about positive reinforcement dog training, Tellington TTouch, dog bite prevention, and humane education for more than a decade. Jenn has presented at APDT and Clicker Expo. She has been seen on “CBS This Morning” and on “WRAL” in Raleigh, NC.

Jenn has written for “Dog Fancy,” “The APDT Chronicle of the Dog,” “Dog Star Daily,” and many other dog related publications. She has been nominated for the Maxwell Award by the Dog Writers Association of America. Several of Jenn’s articles about Tellington TTouch were included in the book, “The Dog Trainer’s Resource 3.”

Contact Jenn at the email address above to schedule her for a speaking engagement or a guest blogging post.

Groovy Facts About Jenn

  • Has two dogs, Royal (aka the Banana Barge) and Bernie (aka the Thoughtful Prince)
  • Her first dog Elvis, initiated a major career change into professional dog training
  • Is a fabulous gluten-free cook
  • Has beaten Lyme Disease twice
  • Was almost killed when an 800 lbs. gate fell on her
  • Her greatest adventure was a safari in Botswana, Africa
  • Was a dedicated groupie of the English alternative band The Cure for an entire summer
  • Has seen her favorite movie Jaws over 100 times (and counting)
Jenn Merritt, BA, CPDT-KA
Jenn and Royal