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: 4 stars   Featured Review

I have provided citezens in our community with canine councilling for over 25 years. Part of our educational plan for our shelter is to reduce the number of owner released animals coming through our doors. Help clients and animals through the adjustment periods of a new relationship. Provide knowledge to help dispell fear, asin our experience as animal control or the city, shows that the majority of dog bites which happen in our community are the result of poor education of the public and fear induced responses by the dogs. Doggone Safes Be A Tree Program incorporates all of the tools needed to make real changes in public perception and we have seen a signifigant decrease in dog bites toward young children since we have been using the Be A Tree programs in local schools. Be A Tree is the absolute best there is to evoke change. - Robert Metzler, President, Gloucester SPCA

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

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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

We are trainers that held an event with a local brownie and gril scouts that taught them to be safe around unknown dogs and how to be a tree , we used all the info from the doggone safe site the kids enjoyed it we also had our Aussie there as a demo dog. Had lots of great questions from the kids. We don't chagre for these events if it helps keep the kids safe from being bitten its a good day. Thank you doggone safe for all the great info to use.
Marsha T
K9 Paws Behavior Dog Training

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

I recently signed up to receive a Be A Tree Kit and become a presenter. I am extremely impressed with the kit! I have done several presentations to kids in schools but I am so excited to do this particular presentation. It is simple, easy to understand and I love the big cards, games and activities suggested. Really great!

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?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

We have incorporated the resources from the Be A Tree Kit into our Bright Puppy lessons at Sit Happens! Companion Dog Training in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Our students are loving it! Thank you Doggone Safe!

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

as above

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

They're awesome as is!

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

I am a physician, specializing in Post-Traumatic Stress disorder, who was additionally nearly mauled to death by a German Shepard nearly 35 years ago. I happened upon Doggone safe and the support group several years ago, and have remained an active member ever since that time. The organization has not only benefited me, but I have observed over the years of participation the help and healing that it has brought to others who have survived dog attacks. The educational aspects of Doggone Safe additionally provides the members and general public a multitude of ways to keep themselves and children as well as their animals safe from further dog attacks, which for humans, require 5 million ER and operations per year and up to 30 deaths annually, per CDC report (2008).

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

As above. I have benefited by helping others with their own problems with their traumas as a result of dog attacks, and learned a great deal in doing so about my own childhood mauling.

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

Keep it going, and going....

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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.

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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.

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Help them advertise and spread the word!

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