The Good Dog

As parents, it’s our responsibility to lay down rules for our children, but there’s no rule that fits every situation. We must discover a deeper responsibility—to nurture our children’s own instincts for truth and fairness. The Good Dog is an outstanding story that instills children with a sense of their own inner capacity for smart decision making.

– Barry Michels, MSW
The New York Times bestselling co-author of The Tools

This heroic canine adventure is a powerful testament to the incredible human-animal bond. Readers of all ages will delight in discovering the tale of Tako and Ricky and will find themselves inspired by their triumphant friendship.

– Robin R. Ganzert, Ph.D
President and CEO, American Humane Association

Children and adults alike will enjoy cheering for little Tako, a dog who reminds us that sometimes the “bad” dogs turn out to be the best—if we believe in them and listen closely.

– Nicole Forsyth
President and CEO, RedRover

What the Experts Say

Many adults believe they are “experts” when it comes to children’s media. We happen to believe that the only way to really know what children want is to actually ask them. The Good Dog, like all Todd Kessler projects, has been developed from the ground up with the input of real children.

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