Dog Training Curriculum Pack 1-4

4 Months of reward based dog training for the entire family. Online course & delivered tools. Single delivery.

Welcome to the Good Dog Family Dog Training Course as part of your Good Dog in a Box curriculum pack units 1-4. This subscription provides you with 4 activity guides, 20 dog training cards, and a Dog Smart Card Game, delivered in one shipment to your house, plus 51 online videos in this course. The video content of this course matches the materials that you receive in your Good Dog box shipments. The videos allow your entire family to watch training exercises again and again, as needed, throughout your subscription.

This program was developed to build a successful and safe relationship between your child and family dog. We want to give all members of your family the tools they need to stay safe, to learn about dogs, and to respect all dogs. Plus, we want to give your dog skills that will help them be a good member of your family and community.

The Good Dog program combines dog safety and dog bite prevention to give your family members the skills to know how to safely and kindly interact with dogs. Our goal is provide you, the parent, with resources, techniques, and tools to assist you in the supervision of your dog and children. All exercises in this program should be actively supervised by an adult.

It's important to remember that every dog is unique, just as every child is unique. Each dog will have its own learning style and attention span. Your dog may learn some training games quickly, while others may take more practice. If your dog walks away in the middle of a training game or you're not getting the response you're hoping for, that's OK. Stop and come back later. The same applies to your child. If they get frustrated or tired, stop and try the training game a bit later in the day. The Good Dog program does not address aggressive or fear based behaviors in dogs, which require the assistance of a positive reinforcement dog training professional.

The training game videos you'll view in this account are meant to be adult supervised and repeated again and again throughout the month. Practicing in different rooms of the house, inside vs outside, and with different members of the family can keep things entertaining and exciting until a next set of lessons arrives. Consistency and repetition is the key to success. We recommend training sessions of 5 to 10 minutes at a time, one to several times per day.

We recommend watching the videos in the order provided. For the training game videos, we recommend mastering one game before moving to the next. Each training game builds on skills for future games. The exceptions are the TTouch exercises. These gentle petting and relaxation exercises can be used anywhere in the program with any frequency.

It is our hope that your family comes together to work with your family dog through this program and it provides many opportunities over the upcoming months to enjoy each other and have fun. Not every lesson will be perfect and not every dog will pick up a new skill on the first try, but that's OK. Keep practicing and feel free to contact us with questions or problems. Good luck and starting training!

Your Instructor

Jenn Merritt, CPDT-KA, BS
Jenn Merritt, CPDT-KA, BS

Jenn has been a professional dog trainer for more than 13 years. She has also been a guild certified Tellington TTouch companion animal practitioner for 10 years. Jenn is Fear Free certified, a Family Paws Parent Educator, a Maxwell Award nominee, and she's been published in “Dog Fancy,” “The Dog Trainer’s Resource 3,” and “The APDT Chronicle of the Dog.” She's also been seen on “CBS This Morning.” Jenn is the creator of the SAFE dog bite prevention program.

Course Curriculum

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and ends in 120 days. At the end of your subscription, you will have the opportunity to retain access to your video content for an annual fee. We'll send you an email toward the end of your subscription to remind you, and provide you with the link to purchase.
Why can't I enroll in this course?
You can! Just not here. This online course is part of our Dog Training Curriculum Pack 1-4 that includes 4 months of activity guides, training cards, and the Dog Smart Card Game, delivered to your house, plus all the online videos in this course. To get all of the materials for your dog training program, you must place your order on Good Dog in a Box. Click here to order the Dog Training Curriculum Pack 1-4 for $29.99.
Was this written by a professional dog trainer?
Yes it was. Jenn Merritt, CPDT-KA, BS, has been a professional reward based dog trainer for more than twelve years. She is also Fear Free certified and a Tellington TTouch Guild Member.
What does reward based training mean?
Reward based dog training or positive reinforcement dog training uses praise and/or treats to reward your dog for doing something you want him to do. Dogs quickly learn what behavior to repeat to get praise and rewards. Reward based training does not use punishment, force, or any type of training device that injures or hurts your dog.
My dog bites. Will this stop him from biting?
The Good Dog in a Box program is not meant for aggression issues or dogs that have bitten someone. We recommend you contact a reward based dog trainer in your area for an immediate, face-to-face evaluation, especially if there are children in your house.
I still have more questions
Feel free to contact Good Dog in a Box with any questions: Email Us. We love to hear from dog enthusiasts and would be happy to answer your questions about our program.