Doggone Safe

Rating: 4.79 stars   68 reviews

Issues: Animals, Disaster Aid

Location: 7 Rose Hill Rd Suffern NY 10901 USA

Mission: Dog bite prevention through education and dog bite victim support.
Results: Our members have educated over 500,000 children using the Be a Tree seminar program for school children. We have distributed over 1,000,000 postcards and bookmarks that teach children how to be safe around dogs.
Target demographics: Children and families who own dogs or encounter other people's dogs.
Geographic areas served: All
Programs: Be a Tree dog bite prevention program for school children
2011 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

As an Animal Behaviourist who has testified in numerous court cases as a designated "expert" witness in the field of canine aggression in Ontario, I came accross some information relevant to Doggone Safe when reviewing material for a recent case. The parents of a young child credited this program with saving their daughter's life when she was confronted by a large, aggressive acting dog. According to them, had they not taught her the principles outlined in the 'Be a Tree' program, the results of their daughter's incident with this dog could have been disasterous. This account should tell you everything you need to know about the efficacy Doggone Safe.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My work on a court case

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Not make any

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Rating: 5 stars  

I'm a professional dog trainer/behaviour therapist and I have used Doggone Safe material for years to educate my clients. I just love their programs! From the Doggone Crazy Board game, Be A Tree Programs to all their bite prevention and safety programs; each have been an invaluable tool. Clients have always found all the material not only informative but fun and easy to understand. Joan and Theresa have done an amazing job with these programs and have always been helpful and supportive in sharing their tools. Keep up the good work & thanks for all that you do :)

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

many ways.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Ensure it reaches every school and community.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

I am a professional Pet Sitter and also teach the "Be A Tree" program to school age children. The one thing that always breaks my heart is to hear of a child being bit by an animal, esp. a dog or the family pet. So often it wasn't the pets fault, just the lack of knowledge. Doggone Safe provides an excellent teaching tool to keep pets and their families safe. I highly recommend that the "Be A Tree" be taught to all school age children and their parents. It's an excellent program.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Teaching children about dog bite preventio.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Make more tools available.

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

I am a Certified Humane Education Specialist and I use Doggone Safe Be a Tree program for everything from preschool to adult. I especially like the beautiful photos. They are clear in being able to read the dog's feelings. I have used this presentation to thousands of people over the years. Even adults learn from these presentations. Our dog training classes have also used this outstanding resource. Their Doggone Crazy game is a huge hit for our camps. I have even taken the flash cards from the game to make Trivial Pawsuit Games for larger crouds. We have also used their article models to do press releases during some key holiday times. Great stuff and a wonderful resource. Thank you so much for providing such professional materials to those of us in need.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Safety around animals. Empowering children and youth to feel confident around dogs.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Nothing. I love them!

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

I am a Pediatric Emergency Room Nurse, and a Certified Professional Dog Trainer. Did you know that ER's across the United States see and average of 1000 dog bites a day! Dog bites have been too long viewed as environmental accidents that cannot be prevented.

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Thanks to Doggone Safe, we are all learning more, and now we know how we can help to prevent these injuries.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Help them advertise and spread the word!

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Rating: 4 stars  

I am a certified Dog Trainer and President of our local Animal Shelter. Over the years I have used many different resources in my presentations to local schools and animal welfare groups. I find the materials from Doggone Safe to be the most effective and informative and they are the primary source of my presentation information.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My be safe around dog presentations

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Improve communication between organization and its members

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

I am a Certified Professional Dog Trainer and have used this information to help educate both parents and children on how to interact with their dog along with both strange and familiar dogs. This wonderful program makes it very easy to explain in simple understandable language what they need to stay safe. I also present this program to schools, church groups, boy and girl scouts. When I present Dog Gone Safe to others I feel I am making a difference.

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In my volunteering at the local shelter I have kept myself from harm using the techniques taught in Dog Gone Safe

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

none

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Rating: 4 stars  

I am a professional dog trainer and provide in-home training. I am often able to use the Doggone Safe material to show families how certain situations may be causing their own dog to feel stressed and anxious. In addition I live in a densely populated, diverse neighborhood. Many people are uncomfortable with dogs but the Doggone Safe program gives me a way to educate and inform people that we meet.

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Even the teachers listen and report back that they have become more aware of the body language their own pet dogs are displaying in different situations.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

do everything possible to make schools more aware of the value of this program; every district should make this part of their annual curriculum

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Rating: 5 stars  

It never ceases to amaze me that children as well as adults will walk right up to a dog in the local pet supply stores and just start to pet it. I have personally stopped several children and explained how to ask to pet a dog and how to approach a dog. It never occured to me about teaching dog body language to children and adults until I found Doggone Safe's website. I have taken every opportunity presented to relay the information I learned as well as direct parents to the website for more information and pictures so they know what to look for. If I have stopped one mishap from occuring, they we all win.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Watching children learn how to know if a dog is safe.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Include more body language pictures that show more than just the relaxed or tense dog. Examples could include front paw lifting (sign of stress), whites of the eyes showing (whale-eye indicating fear. Could bring about fear aggression), lip licking (also a sign of stress), etc.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Doggone Safe is a wonderful organization that strives to do it's best to educate the public on bite prevention. Having purchased the Be A Tree Program Kit I can honestly say it allows me to carry out their message to my clients with children. The kit contains materials that I can use to really hit home the message about bite prevention. I will continue to support this cause and and applaud their efforts to help spread the word about this important topic.

Vicki Stafford

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The dog training area.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I think they do a great job!

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