We believe that educating children on how to be a responsible and caring friend to their pets, is a good way to reduce the number of dogs and cats in shelters. Once children understand the importance of dog and cat safety, dog bite prevention, spaying and neutering, and proper health care, they’ll become an advocate of animals in their home and around the world.
Jenn Merritt, CPDT-KA, BS, Good Dog in a Box cofounder, has been teaching and writing humane education programs for children for over 13 years. With the help of her sister and cofounder, Kim Merritt-Butler, Jenn has created a new humane education program for school systems, boys and girls clubs, churches, and after school programs to teach the importance of being a responsible pet owner, with fun games and activities from our Good Dog subscription.
The Good Dog Reach & Teach Humane Education Program gets a positive and powerful message about what it really means to own a dog out to children, the next generation of pet owners. The program covers all animals, but focuses primarily on dogs and cats.
Reach & Teach has been designed for educators, parents, boys and girls club leaders, and concerned community citizens. You don’t have to be a school teacher to present our materials. Every unit is completely scripted so you can be comfortable presenting the information. We’ve included a “Tips & Add Ons” section with additional suggestions and ideas for your presentations. Everything has been designed with colorful visuals, animation, fun, and games, to hold the attention of your audience and to get across the very important messages at the core of the program. The curriculum is designed to be taught in a number of ways, from a single half day session to 45-60 minute sessions over a succession of days or weeks. Units 4 and 5 can be presented on their own and make up our SAFE Dog Bite Prevention Program.
The Reach and Teach Program includes the following units:
- Unit 1: Being a Responsible Pet Owner
- Unit 2: Stop Pet Overpopulation
- Unit 3: Having Healthy & Safe Pets
- Unit 4: Be SAFE Around Dogs & Cats
- Unit 5: I Can Learn to ‘Talk Dog & Cat’
- Unit 6: Provide for My Pet’s Whole Life
- Unit 7: Animal Advocacy
- Unit 8: Careers Working With Animals
Purchase a program for your school, club, after school program, homeschool program, animal shelter, or religious organization. You can also choose to sponsor a Reach and Teach Program kit to be sent to a group of children in an area of need. Organizations can sign up on our website and we’ll provide programs to those groups, as sponsors become available. We’ll send your donated kit to an organization on our list, with a note identifying you as the kit sponsor. Plus, we’ll send you a note letting you know the name of the group that got your kit. It’s a win-win for everyone.