Cathy Reisfeld, Michelle McCarthy, CDBC, and Kim Merritt, discuss how to plan a safe holiday season with kids and dog. Learn about safety plans and dog management during Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Year’s. Get great tips and tricks for how to manage your pups during the holiday season. From how to go trick or treating with kids and dogs, to how to manage the door with guests coming and going during the holiday season, to costumes on dogs, and how to manage holiday decorations, you’ll get ideas that will get you and your family members through this hectic time of the year.
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Michelle McCarthy, CDBC, has been the Owner and Director of Training for K9 Home Schooling since 1999, which provides force free/clicker training methods in southeast Michigan. She is a nationally recognized Certified Dog Behavior Consultant and Certified Therapy Animal Consultant with the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC). She has completed advanced certification programs in canine behavioral studies and has 18 years of experience working with complex behavior problems. For the past 10 years she has worked closely with medical professionals and educators who utilize a Therapy Dog at their work place or in Animal Assisted Play Therapy. She has raised, trained and placed Therapy Dogs who work in medical facilities and private practices around the US.
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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