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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals, Disaster Aid, Safety Education

Mission: Dog bite prevention through education and dog bite victim support.

Results: Our members have educated approximately 1,000,000 children worldwide 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

Community Stories

68 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

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

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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

Kathy152

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a "Be A Tree" presenter for Doggone Safe dog bite prevention program. This was my first presentation and it was AWESOME!! I loved the way the kids reacted to the program. They were engaged and excited and it was very interactive. From the answers on the questionaires, they really liked it!! It felt good to present this as I truly feel that the children came away with a good understanding on how to be safe around dogs and also the different between an "snarly stiff dog" and a "happy wiggly dog".

I am very excited to continue to share this information. Thank you Doggone Safe for putting together such an amazing and informativ tool to help us get the word out on dog safety and bite prevention.

Kathy Wolff, Be A Tree Presenter
Beginning Manners Trainer
Western Waukesha County Dog Training Club
www.wwcdtc.org

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I'm with a beagle rescue and include information from Doggone Safe with all of the packages that I share with new foster and adopting families and encourage families to visit their website.

I am passionate about dog bite prevention. It not only saves children the trauma of being bitten but ultimately saves the lives of the dogs too. As far as I can see it dog bite prevention education is a win-win situation. Personally I would like to see dog bite prevention added to the cirriculum of all elementary schools and brochures made available in emergency departments of all hospitals.

I can't say enough good things about Doggone Safe. All of their information is well written and easy to read; not too technical. Graphics are great. A fun learning experience for children. Love the colouring pages and puzzle pages. I can't think of anything that I would change. Keep up the excellent work.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Joan Orr and her partner developed and continue to grow this outstanding program. We will never know how may children over the years have avoided dog attacks due to lessons so easily taught and learned from their work. As a child and adolescent psychiatrist, I evaluated dog bitten children over my three decades in practice. Some unfortunate dog bite victims are affected for a long time. Some younger victims suffer secretly and silently from PTSD. Prevention, always worth more than a pound of cure, characterizes Doggone Safe's goal. In the past year they created a board game, Doggone Crazy, that presents a fun way for children, by competitive repetition, to learn dog safety. They continue to promote and distribute classroom presentations, my wife and I did them, that engage children by teaching them to "Be a Tree". The treatment of children following a dog attack is often inadequate from emergency departments to physician's offices. That is another reason that Doggone Safe's lessons on prevention will remain important for years to come.

Angie15

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Doggone Safe is great! There are resources to help teach kids how to interact with kids. They teach kids how to be safe around dogs so they don't get bitten. And they provide resources to teach all of this i schools and clubs too.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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!

Kathryn6

Volunteer

Rating: 4

Education is the key and this organization is the first I found that was so open and upfront with their information. Excellent advice, tips, and knowledge for people who might come in contact with an aggressive dog. However, I feel a large factor is missing. Education, knowledge, and responsibility for dog owner's is the main key for dog bite prevention. Where are the pamphlets of information for dog owners and what they can do to prevent their dog from attacking or biting. If the owner's were aware of their dog's body language, responsible with their training and handling, the education for others would not be as crucial as it is.

Comments ( 1 )

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DoggoneSafe 07/01/2012

We do have a whole section of our website dedicated to information for dog owners. http://doggonesafe.com/Dog_Owner_Bite_Prevention

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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).

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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 :)

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

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.

Sadee

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

What a wonderful organization and concept.
Doggone safe has great visual aids and way to get their point across.
I am proud to be a presenter!
I have used the materials not only for children, but for their parents.
Your never too old to learn!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The main goals of Doggone Safe are education and prevention. They do an ongoing excellent job toward achieving those goals. I recently wrote an academic article on the often unrecognized PTSD that haunts some children after a dog attack. In that process, I reviewed many articles and web sites on all aspects of dog bites. There is not one source that comes close to the thoughtful, non-conflict of interest and comprehensive coverage provided by Doggone Safe. I found their section on “If Your Child is Bitten a Dog” a supportive and useful recognition that there will always be unfortunate victims no matter how diligently we work on prevention. The parents of these victims appreciate the easy availability of that section. I will soon be presenting “Be A Tree” to a local school where I volunteer.

R. Larry Schmitt, M.D. Retired child and adolescent psychiatrist

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

Great safety tips on how to get kids to behave properly around dogs. As a professional dog trainer, I really see the need for good safety programs for kids, and Doggone Safe is one of the best! I frequently give the Be A Tree presentation and everyone loves it. While a serious topic, the program has been developed to be entertaining, interactive and carefully repetitive to help kids thoroughly retain the information. The visuals are excellent and the "tools" for learning are fun. Most adults attending learn right along with the kids.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

At our 2009 Animal Welfare Conference, the session on the Be a Tree Program was one of the highlights of the conference. This practical, easy to understand dog bite prevention program is a great resource for children and adults.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been involved with several organisations that aim to produce a dog safe child. My goal would be for them all to own and promote the Doggone Crazy board game. It should be available as past of the curriculum in every school in this country. Please find a way to reduce the horrendous postage and keep up the flow of invaluable information and all the good work! Oliver Beverly, CLEAR Dog Training, Brisbane, Australia.

Laura T.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Doggone Safe is an amazing resource that is shared with each and every one of our puppy and dog teams that learn and train with us. Doggone Safe's postcards are also made available, and we have the main website page displayed during all of our Start Right! Orientations. We share the sites excellent resources both in group and private sessions. And the feedback we receive for sharing Doggone Safe with others is simply outstanding. Doggone Safe's resources are a must-have for canine education programs!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Doggone Safe is a wonderful organization that provides invaluable information teaching the public how to safely interact with dogs. As a professional trainer that specializes in behavior, I often refer my clients to the Doggone Safe website as a resource. I have also taught the Be a Tree bite prevention program to many children who have been very enthusiastic and excited to participate and learn how to recognize dogs' body language, along with safety. This organization is without a doubt responsible for educating many adults and children, and keeping them smart and safe.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Stacy M.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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”

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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

Advisor

Rating: 5

Doggone safe is the best bite prevention program I've found. I was a member and presenter when I owned a pet care business, and I still recommend this program often. Children aren't the only people who benefit. There are programs for professionals, such as postal carriers, who often come in contact with dogs. It's a program every community needs to have.

Kirsten R.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

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!

whattapup

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Kelly H.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a dog trainer and I simply love the Be a Tree presentation kit and use it with my clients and their children. It always is a surprise to parents and children alike that dogs don't like hugs and kisses! I also love how the children interact with me and their parents during the presentation. Keeping children, dogs and adults safe is a gift that I enjoy sharing with my clients.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband and I do "Pet Ed" classes to children in private and public school settings. The pictures that go with the kit are very good to help tell the story about safety with dogs. We use them with preschool up to 4th grade.

jim and Pat

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I think be a tree is fantastic. I have recently got the pack and have used it in many cases with clients I am dealing with. The photos and information is great and very clear.I also felt that the pack was beautifully presented. I am always amazed how little people can read the signs of the dogs body language. Also how kids and adults approach strange dogs! I am so glad that the pack is available as it makes teaching so much easier. I am in Ireland and my pack was lost in the post . I contacted Joan and another pack was sent straight away. I also

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I think Doggone Safe is an excellent program. I take the "Be A Tree" program into our local schools every spring to present to the younger grades. I am always amazed and horrified at how many children and adults that have been bitten by a dog and at how many that are terrified of dogs. I can only hope that the presentation will prevent someone else from such an unnessisary outcome. I am so inspired by some of the really little students and how they really enjoy the presentation.

Harmony Trainer

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

I have been a member of Doggone Safe for 6 years and a presenter of the 'Be A Tree' program. As a professional dog trainer, I find the information very helpful for my clents with children and routinely provide 'Be A Tree' bookmarks and other materials to them. I also strongly encourage them to visit the Doggone Safe website.

Comments ( 1 )

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DoggoneSafe 02/23/2011

Thanks for the the suggestion and for the review. We do have a form letter to the principal available for download. It is at the Teacher Kit Downloads page: http://doggonesafe.com/teacher_kit_downloads and also in the members area of the site.

Antonella e Renato

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Cari colleghi,
scusateci se scriviamo in italiano ma il nostro inglese è davvero terribile!
E' da circa 1 anno che siamo membri di Doggone Safe e dobbiamo riconoscere che questo felice connubio è nato casualmente.
Siamo marito e moglie, da anni impegnati come volontari nelle attività di pet therapy sul nostro territorio: in Hospice, centri per disabili, case di riposo e scuole(oltre ad essere conduttori di cani da soccorso)
L’anno scorso avevamo avuto richieste da parte di diversi insegnanti delle Scuole Elementari (con alunni di 8 anni) per un intervento che aveva come obiettivo parlare ai bambini dei comportamenti corretti da usare quando incontravano un cane.
Questo perchè la stampa e i mass media avevano dato molto risalto a delle aggressioni da parte di alcuni cani ad adulti e bambini e gli alunni erano rimasti impressionati da queste notizie.
Essendo già negli anni precedenti intervenuti nelle classi per parlare di educazione cinofila, cercavamo qualcosa che potesse realmente aiutare i bambini, renderli sicuri e rispettosi.
Nel panorama italiano non abbiamo trovato nulla che "praticamente" ci potesse supportare nel costruire il nostro intervento.
Così abbiamo ampliato la ricerca su internet e fortuitamente siamo arrivati sul sito di Doggone Safety. e' stata per noi una "manna dal cielo".
Era proprio quello che cercavamo: il programma "To be a Tree Program " programma trasformati in un albero".
Abbiamo preso contatti, ci siamo debitamente presentati e dato le nostre credenziali, tradotto parte del materiale e .... eccoci qui!
E' stato un lavoro impegnativo ma davvero molto stimolante perchè siamo riusciti a coinvolgere tutta l'equipe degli insegnati:
• l'insegnate d'italiano (storie di cani, i sentimenti, le buone relazioni, il rispetto degli essere viventi, ecc),
• quella d'inglese (che ha insegnato i nomi in inglese delle diverse emozioni grazie alla documentazione di Doggone), l
• l'insegnate di ginnastica (che nelle sue lezioni ha ribadito la posizione "to be a tree"),
• l'insegnate di scienze per evidenziare cosa ci accomuna e cosa ci distingue dal cane (il cane ci sente benissimo non c'è bisogno di urlare, ha un ottimo olfatto, ecc.),

Potete capire da voi che il risultato è stato davvero importate.
Abbiamo fatto una verifica e le insegnati ci hanno riferito chedopo un anno dai nostri interventi, tutti i bambini si ricordavano perfettamente il concetto e la posizionedi "to be a tree" e oltre il 70% ricordavano il 100% dei diversi argomenti trattati nelle 4 lezioni che abbiamo tenuto.
Per concludere il percorso formativo, abbiamo svolto una serata con i genitori soffermandoci a parlare del valore sociale di vivere con al proprio fianco un animale domestico, abbiamo illustrato il percorso svolto con i loro bambini ed in particolare quali sono le modalità per una convivenza serena con i cani (sia quelli estranei che di casa) e speriamo anche il messaggio che: non bisogna trasmettere la fobia nei confronti degli animali ma tenere sempre un comportamento consapevole, sottolineando la loro responsabilità di genitori nel tutelare i bambini per preservarli da situazioni di disagio se non da vere e proprie aggressioni.
Questo in sintesi un programma che pensiamo di riproporre perchè è stato davvero funzionale e ben strutturato. Grazie anche a Doggone Safe.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a professional educator in the area of dog training and behavior I have used Doggone Safe's Be a Tree program as part of my educational programs to help children, parents and the general public avoid being bitten by better understanding the dog's ability to communicate to us his level of comfort. Learning to read obvious dog body language is the single most important factor that will decrease the likelihood of being bitten.

The Doggone Safe program is very well organized, shows clear and obvious photographs on dog body language and is put together in a format that is easy for children to understand. Often, the children who learn the Be A Tree program take the knowledge home with them to tell their parents and grandparents what to do around dogs!

In addition, I have had parents and other dog owners who don't have children attend and express that they learned things and felt the information valuable as well.

Twice in the past year our Be a Tree Program has received media recognition at the local news level as the importance of learning to keep children safe from dog bites grows.

In addition, I have used parts of the Doggone Safe children's presentation to teach adults working in service related fields how to prevent a bite on the job.

I consider this to be the most complete and organized format to date available to help educate the public about the behavior of dogs and avoid preventable and dangerous dog bites.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have just started the Be A Tree presentation and I have found the materials very easy to follow.

Diane P.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Doggone Safe is a valuable resource. It's simplicity is it's beauty - any child can learn to Be A Tree - such a simple excercise to save so much grief. The board game Doggone Crazy is also a great way for both children and adults to learn about proper behaviour around both known and unknown dogs.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Doggoone safe provides very vital information to help educate children on dog body language and they provide great tools for parents, teachers and trainers. The information they provide could very well save children from getting seriously hurt. Children need to know what a dog's body language is sayying and when to leave a dog be.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I joined Doggone Safe in 2010 and became a licensed presenter for the "Be a Tree" program soon after. The impact that this organization has on the prevention of dog bites can not be overstated. Time and again, I have given the presentation to rave reviews from the kids as well as the adults. I have personally witnessed children putting the techniques into action at the local dog park. Parents have sought me out to express their gratitude that their kids now feel empowered and safe around both the family dog and strange dogs. Doggone Safe's programs are the most comprehensive I have ever seen. There is no doubt that this organization saves lives.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

The Doggone safe bite prevention presentations will save lives. They will save the lives of the dogs that my have bitten someone out of fear due a lack of socialiaztion who would reacted badly when frightened. They will also spare countless people the often life-long crippling fear that is the unfortunate aftermath of enduring the trauma that is associated with a dog bite. This simple easy to remember technique is a godsend and should be presented in every school and youth group.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Last year [2010] I took the ‘Basic Dog Body Language’ course via ‘Doggone Safe’. I decided to take the course because I have a real passion for dogs and love to educate myself as much as I can about dogs. I was pleasantly surprised of the information this course had covered and its presentation of material. After successfully completing the course I am now able to read dogs’ body language so much better than before. I personally feel they covered all areas to keep yourself, family members, etc. as well as other pets and animals safe. I greatly recommend everyone who has any contact with dogs take this course, as it is extremely feasible and you will acquire a lot of information when it comes to Predicting, Preventing, Protecting a dog bite!
Furthermore there is a great deal of valuable material to purchase or download at no cost on their website that is unambiguously geared towards avoiding dog bites.

Marilyn W.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I really like Doggone Safe! Tons of good information for teachers, trainers, dog owners, parents, and community leaders. I always share the website with people w/ dogs and kids. I've been a member for years and will continue for many more.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

As a dog trainer, I am thrilled to have Doggone Safe and Be A Tree to educate the kids and adults in my life about dog behaviour. Preventing dog bites has become a lot easier, thanks to Doggone Safe. Our local SPCA is excited to be promoting Be A Tree at community events and in schools this year.

Leslie H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Doggonesafe is incredible! They care for the safety of the child and dog; not many organizations care about both.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I am a certified dog trainer and I think the Be a Tree Program is such an easy and effective teaching tool for children. I think every school should have this presented in their class rooms. Education is so important for all of us to learn.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

DogGoneSafe is the most comprehensive Bite Prevention Safety Program in existence. The Be A Tree is exemplary in communicating visually, verbally and actively involving the learner in how to be safe around dogs. My experience as a Humane Educator provides the venue to present this program to schools, libraries, hospitals, 4H, Youth Advocacy Organizations and scout groups. It has been well received in every venue and I have many repeat requests year after year for the program. I commend DogGone Safe for the Be A Tree, and all the safety information they provide not only to professionals as myself, but also to the general public.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a professional dog trainer, I not only use the Be A Tree program in the schools, at cubs/brownies/sparks meetings - in other words, anywhere I can educate young children - I also use it in my dog training classes. It's truly amazing how many adults are educated through this program. I love it and havng worked with other bite prevention programs, this one is the best of the best!!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I work in an urban Shelter and have a private animal behavior practice. Doggone Safe saves me thousands of words every year, as I absolutely cannot improve upon any part of their message of safety. Having them as a referral source is fantastic.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Doggone Safe program holds the keys to successful interactions between children and dogs. We use the program for both children and adults, and have put to rest may myths concerning human-canine interactions.
The children oriented Doggone Safe activites found online and in support materials keep the learning informative and simple, just the way kids like it.
We have enlightened many parents with this program, and therefore have taught more children to be Doggone Safe.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have used many of the educational materials and information from Doggone Safe and found them to be extremely valuable for teaching children and adults safety measures for preventing dog bites and related issues. The Be a Tree program is very effective

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The "Be A Tree" program and the information on dog body language is incorporated into every TAGteach certification seminar. The Doggone safe educational material is so clear and defined that it fits into the "important info only" policy that goes with our teaching protocol. Plus, attendees leave with powerful knowledge about bite prevention. It's a win/win for every attendee. Highly recommended!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

My non-profit organization, Pets Forever, has included the “Be a Tree” program to help local children learn about how to interact with unfamiliar dogs. We have given this presentation in a variety of settings (ie., schools, gyms, businesses, summer camps) to a variety of different aged children. The feedback has always been extremely positive. The kids just love the presentation and appear to really learn something from it. I highly suggest this presentation to any community or group that is trying to educate children on how to interact with dogs and ultimately minimize the chances of a child being bit.

Deb M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I believe Doggone Safe and Be A Tree are valuable resources to the community.
I have volunteered my time to present the Be A Tree program to children in Brookings, Oregon, USA. The children get really excited participating in the program and learn much about dog body language/behavior.
Children are learning how to be safe aound dogs including their own dogs and puppies. They are learning to ask before petting a dog.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love Doggone Safe and I love volunteering for them. I believe it is the best dog bite prevention program out there. It is fun and interactive for the kids and the parents learn how to effectively read their family dog's body language so they know when it is time to intervene. It makes the whole family proactive - preventing bites instead of just being reactive after a bite has already occurred. My private clients have found the materials and information extremely helpful in preventing and addressing child/dog safety issues.