Puppies are cute and cuddly, but they’re a lot of work. Puppy expert, Gila Kurtz, talks to Kim about how to get ready for a puppy and what to do in the first week to help your new furry family member acclimate to its new home. From how to pick a puppy to what to have in your house before you bring your puppy home, you’ll get critical information that can help you and your puppy get off on the right puppy paw. Gila and Kim discuss “Puppy 101,” the new online course launched by Good Dog in a Box with Gila. Gila also talks about the importance of socialization with your new puppy and how to get started with that, plus what to look for in a puppy trainer and puppy class.
Gila Kurtz is a serial entrepreneur who found her deepest passion in working with dogs and their people. She is a co-founder and co-owner of Dog Is Good, a lifestyle brand for dog lovers. The company creates original messaging and design for a broad array of products to celebrate and “share the unique joy one feels living life with a dog.” But, she is first and foremost a reward based dog trainer who loves puppies. Gila learned she really liked dogs and decided to pursue a career as a dog trainer more than 20 years ago. She immersed herself in science of canine behavior and quicly became the go-to dog trainer wherever she lived. Gila believes strongly is setting a healthy, sound foundation in puppies to allow them to grow and develop into well behaved dogs and members of the family.
Kim Merritt is a serial entrepreneur who started her first company, Kim’s Khocolate, at eleven years of age. As a teenager, she was discovered by Guy Kawasaki who invited her to make custom Khocolate for Apple. Kim went on to do business with The Rolling Stones, AT&T, MCI, Becton Dickinson, Bausch & Lomb, and Range Rover. Her second company, an e-commerce play, sold brand name dinnerware and home decor items across North America. She founded Good Dog in a Box with her sister, professional dog trainer Jenn Merritt, CPDT-KA. Her love of dogs and kids has pushed her to develop and co-develop a number of products, online training courses, and curriculums revolving around dog bite prevention and dog safety. Her latest endeavor, Good Dog Pro, is a subscription based online education system and community for dog professionals.
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