Sizes: Our sizing is based on your dog’s chest size. Please choose the size your dog is now. You want the harness to fit properly.
- Small dog is a chest size of 11.8″ to 23.5″
- Medium dog is a chest size of 23.5″ to 31.5″
- Large dog is a chest size of 31.5″
Foundation of the Program: Everything we do is positive reinforcement training with Tellington TTouch mixed in. There’s no choke chains or electric shock collars here! We promote responsibility and ownership with children toward their family dog, teamwork, and trust.
Curriculum Highlights: Jenn Merritt, CPDT-KA, our cofounder, wrote our curriculum using over 13 years of professional dog training experience, with sister Kim’s 8 years of experience homeschooling her kids. What a great combo! It teaches dog safety and dog bite prevention through the use of fun games and reward based training. Three central themes throughout program include “Loving your good dog,” “Learning about your good dog,” and “Teaching your good dog.” “I Can” empowerment statements help children build self-confidence in knowing the proper way to interact with dogs. It’s fun for the whole family!
What You Get: Everything that comes in our Good Dog in a Box subscription, but you don’t have to wait. You’ll get six months of training materials delivered in one box. Move at your own pace through the training games, online videos, and activities.
- Activity Guide 1: Treat Pouch, Dog Smart Card Game, activity booklet, training cards, stickers, access to online training videos that compliment your training cards, online games
- Activity Guide 2: Halti Harness,activity booklet, training cards, stickers, access to online training videos that compliment your training cards, online games
- Activity Guide 3: 4′ leash, 6′ leash, activity booklet, training cards, stickers, access to online training videos that compliment your training cards, online games
- Activity Guide 4: Kong stuffing toy, activity booklet, training cards, stickers, access to online training videos that compliment your training cards, online games
- Activity Guide 5: Dog treats, activity booklet, training cards, stickers, access to online training videos that compliment your training cards, online games
- Activity Guide 6: Zoom Groom dog brush, activity booklet, training cards, stickers, access to online training videos that compliment your training cards, online games
Realistic Expectations: We like to say our program is habit forming (and fun), but let’s be real, habits and new behaviors take time to learn. Each kid and each dog will learn at their own pace. We don’t guarantee that your dog will become the best behaved dog in town overnight. But if you consistently work with your kids and dogs, positive outcomes will prevail. Our program is NOT for dogs who have consistently shown aggressive or biting behavior. For that, we recommend face time with a professional dog trainer that specializes in aggression.
Delivery Method: You’ll get one big box with all your training materials. (hey Grandma…little Jimmy and Sally would love one for Fluffy!). Corresponding video training is accessible through your online Good Dog account. Anyone in the family can access learning from any computer or mobile device.
“From Fearful to Fear Free: A Positive Program to Free Your Dog From Anxiety, Fears, and Phobias:” Written by Marty Becker, DVM, Lisa Radosta, Mikkel Becker, Wailiani Sung.
Almost every dog owner has a pet who suffers from fear, anxiety, and stress (FAS). They are the underlying cause of many concerning behaviors such as excessive barking, aggression, destructive behaviors, and house-soiling. They are also the source for deterioration of the human-animal bond, and can make a trip to the veterinarian, pet groomer, or boarding facility miserable for pet and owner alike. Left untreated, these negative experiences can lead to devastating consequences and permanent damage. Unfortunately, many well-meaning owners misinterpret or overlook the often subtle signs of emotional injury and turmoil, or think that the pet will simply “outgrow” it. This leads to unnecessary trauma and suffering.
Common FAS triggers include:
- Trips to the veterinarian (even for routine services such as vaccinations and nail trims)
- Bath time, brushing, or cleaning ears.
- Loud noises; thunderstorms; fireworks; the vacuum cleaner; construction; gunshots; or even buzzers on appliances.
- Less-familiar people or animals encountered on walks or near the home.
- Being left alone during work hours or even for short errands.
- Travel, including car rides.
- The most effective prescription sedatives for keeping dogs calm and happy during thunderstorms, fireworks, and other stressful events.
- The positive steps you can take to keep your pet occupied, calm, and content while you’re away at work or play.
- Simple, practical tactics for helping your dog learn to love going to the veterinarian’s office—literally pulling you into the practice instead of avoiding it!
- How to easily groom your dog and give him medication.
- Tips to tame the chaos when guests arrive in your home or when your dog encounters other dogs and people on walks.
- Ways to tackle some of the common behavior issues that often have a root cause of FAS, while also improving your communication and bond with your pet.
The three veterinary coauthors and one highly respected pet trainer have a combined 88 years of experience in the trenches of veterinary medicine, with specialties in behavior and training. By using their cutting-edge techniques, you’ll have pets that are happier, healthier and live a longer, fuller life.