Oops! You must enter a search term greater than 3 characters.

Invite reviews

Invite friends and colleagues to share their experiences with this nonprofit
68 Reviews
1234.794125
Write A Review
February 25, 2011

more

February 25, 2011

I first found the Be A Tree presenter kit 5+ years ago when trying to put information on dog bite safety for local preschool/ elementary age children. The presentation is concise and easy to follow. It keeps the kids attention and the adults watching have come away having learned as well. The audience enjoys being involved - by being a tree or rock and the interactive game. I have had nothing but positive reviews from all the presentations I have done.

The Great!

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

my job as a veterinary technician

Ways to make it better...

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

increase marketing

February 24, 2011

more

February 24, 2011

People getting bitten by dogs is in most cases due to misunderstandings between the two species. To prevent this problem it is essential for both adults and children to learn to read canine body language and to behave in a way that dogs view as non-threatening. Doggone Safe is a pioneering organization working on educating people through their bite prevention program. Their work is extremely valuable!

Photos

The Great!

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

my dog training business

Ways to make it better...

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

increase their marketing!

February 24, 2011

more

February 24, 2011

Dog behavior is a field with more than its share of junk information, to the great detriment of dogs, their owners and the public at large. What an inspiration to see Doggone Safe do exactly the opposite: disseminate outstanding information. And, not only that, in an accessible manner to that group all of us want better to protect, children.

Bravo!

Jean Donaldson
Founder and Director
The Academy for Dog Trainers

The Great!

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

The ease with which children can learn the kinds of drills and SOP's taught by Doggone Safe.

Ways to make it better...

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

Help get its curricula into all schools.

February 24, 2011

more

February 24, 2011

Having wonderful puppies that go to loving homes, The Doggone Safe Organization helps these homes with children. The brochures, cards and classes teach the children in a fun way and also help them love their pets even more. All children would benefit from this organization because of the encounters with pets is everywhere.

The Great!

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

Working with the IPDTA

Ways to make it better...

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

Just tell them to keep up the good work

February 24, 2011

more

February 24, 2011

Doggone Safe has been a valuable resource for my clients. The clear written examples and photographs perfectly illustrate the focus of Doggone Safe-to educate children and adults in reading a dog's body language, how to properly greet a dog and what to do if met by a dog that feels threatened.

The Great!

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

Witnessing the changes in how the children who viewed the presentation now approach leashed dogs in public.

Ways to make it better...

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

Hope that more individuals become aware of this valuable resource.

February 24, 2011

more

February 24, 2011

Be a Tree is a fun interactive way to teach children what signs to watch for that say ”I’ve had enough, please leave me alone”, in any dog they have contact with. It teaches what to do when the situation has become more serious. Most importantly, it teaches what NOT to do (run away screaming blue murder). It’s not a lecture (kids don’t respond well to those, especially young ones). From showing posters of real dogs, through games of “Simon Says”, it is an engaging, sometimes raucous, 45-60 minute adventure (When I ask a question, yell the answer. No, LOUDER!).

As a previous Early Childhood Educator, I guarantee this is a lesson they remember, they tell friends about, and they tell their family members about. Telling family members what they have learned is an additional bonus. (What child will miss the chance to point out they know something Mom & Dad don’t? Did you guys know when you can see a half moon of white in the dog’s eye, it’s a warning signal?) As adults we all like to think we know enough to keep our kids safe….but what if we don’t!

Most people who own dogs believe that their dog “will never bite, ever”, full stop. That is a totally unrealistic attitude; all dogs’ bite and the statistics prove it. Most dog bites can be prevented if we, as humans, learn the body language that precedes the most common type of bite. Most dog bite victims are children. Most children are bitten by dogs they know! Most children are bitten in the face...trying to hug and kiss Fido. Think about the types and number of medical procedures that requires.

In the 4 years since I began working with dogs I have been knocked on my backside (serious muscle trauma, laid up for 2 weeks), got a black eye that would do a heavyweight (human) boxer proud, and been bitten twice (I’ve caused more harm to myself in the kitchen than either bite). In every instance I was at fault. I wasn’t paying enough attention to the dog’s body language, my own body language, the circumstances and the possible threat the combination of all three might signal to the dog!! Dogs evaluate situations by reading body language, and then follow the “fight or flight” rule.

Dog bite statistics won’t be lowered by breed specific legislation and bans, or by putting down every dog that bites. Education can and will make a difference. Since children are the most open minded when it comes to learning, it’s where we must start. We train dogs to “behave” in our world; we should be willing to learn more about theirs. Be a Tree does all that.


Stacy Markham
Accredited Pet Dog Trainer/Instructor
Licensed Presenter “Be a Tree”
“Dogs & Storks”

The Great!

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

I am a licenced presenter of Be a Tree and a member of Doggone Safe.

Ways to make it better...

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

I am very pleased with the organization both as a member and a professional dog trainer.

February 23, 2011

more

February 23, 2011

Review of Doggonesafe:
As a dog trainer and dog owner safety around dogs is a topic dear to my heart.
Doggonesafe is a unique non-profit organization that is dedicated to educate and make interactions between children and dogs safe.

The information given on the doggonesafe
website is of great concern to all parents, all grand parents, all children, all child educators, all dog owners, all dog handlers and dog-related professionals, in all a huge segment of our population!

All of the information offered on the doggonesafe website is free to the public, easily accessible and can be used to prevent dog bites.

Dog bites to children are rampant in Canada: Every 2nd child by the age of 12 years being bitten by a dog.
2/3rds of these bites are from dogs the child is familiar with - so most of these bites could have been prevented by the caretakers of the children or dogs, had they only been educated.
Most of the other 1/3rd of bites could also have been prevented, had every child been educated with doggonesafe, either the 'Be A Tree' program or the free body language guide on the website.

The "Be A Tree" program is geared towards educating children in grades K-4. However, whenever I present the "Be A Tree" program in a class room setting, the attending teachers will tell me how much they did not know and how much they learned!

The "Be A Tree" presentation is easy available in Canada and the US. It can be purchased from the website; interested parties can become presenters; it can be booked to visit the class rooms of your schools.

To everyone out there with a concern for children or dogs:
I highly recommend to browse through the doggonesafe website. Learn about dogs. Learn what a safe dog looks like. Learn what a dangerous dog looks like. Learn about their body language expressions of uneasiness in social situations. Keep your dog safe. Keep your children safe.

Sincerely,
Domena Diesing
Licensed 'Be A Tree" presenter and doggonesafe member
www.definitelydogs.ca

The Great!

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

dealing with private clients and presenting in schools.

Ways to make it better...

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

make membership obligatory for families with children and dogs.

February 23, 2011

more

February 23, 2011

I am very proud to be a DogGoneSafe Be a Tree Presenter. I believe that the information saves lives, both canine and human. It is informative and easily presented to both children and adults. I recently did a birthday party where the Be a Tree presentation was the entertainment! The kids loved it and I really think that they learned a lot! I highly recommend DogGoneSafe, excellent program.

The Great!

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

Dog training

Ways to make it better...

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

Teach people to be more tolerant of each other and of animals.

February 23, 2011

more

February 23, 2011

I am a dog trainer and have been using Doggone Safe's material to educate children and adults in dog language for the last 5 yrs. I know the importance of education and Doggone Safe is an excellent source of information. Not only do children learn about appropriate dog behavior and dog - child interactions, but the adults also learn! The Be a Tree program should be part of every school curriculum. It's excellent!

The Great!

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

my professional careers as a dog trainer/behavior counselor

Ways to make it better...

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

not.

February 23, 2011

more

February 23, 2011

As a dog trainer, I know how important it is to educated the public to ensure the safety of both dogs and people. When it comes to kids, there is nothing more important.
Doggone Safe has designed a phenomenal program and provides exceptional support for those of us who work so hard to educate.

The "Be a Tree" program should be mandatory in all classrooms.

The Great!

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

every training session that I've ever taught where kids have been involved. It takes just a few minutes to make a huge difference.

Ways to make it better...

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

make it mandatory in all classrooms.

More feedback...

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

What is unique about this organization?

This is the only organization focused on bite prevention education that I am aware of.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

Filter by reviewer role:

Support This Nonprofit

Help this nonprofit get more reviews

5 tips for getting reviews

5 tips for getting reviews...

  1. Sending an email to clients, volunteers, donors, board members, and other partners with a link to your profile page.
  2. Putting a link on your Web site
  3. Including a link in your email newsletter
  4. Putting a link in the signature of your email
    Putting a link on your facebook page and status updates
  5. Tweeting out a link to your twitter followers

3 hours of volunteer time for this nonprofit will...

Help identify potential grant opportunities