Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Be a Tree Webinars

We are pleased to announce the first ever Be a Tree webinars to help our presenters give the most effective presentations possible. Join dog behavior consultant Jennifer Shryock for two 1 hour sessions all about the Be a Tree program. You don't have to be a Be a Tree presenter to register. If you are just wondering what the Be a Tree program is all about, this is a great way to find out!

Part 1 on Apr 20, 2011 will cover the basics of the program:
The Tools: the tools that children have on their bodies and in their heads and how they can use them to stay safe around dogs.

The Dogs: how to read dog body language and understand common signals that dogs send to let us know whether they want to meet us or not.

Meeting a Dog: how to meet a dog safely.

The Games: how to engage the children in the games and activities that are part of the program and that help to cement their learning.

Part 2 on Apr 27, 2011 will cover adaptations of the program for different ages ranging from preschooler to highschooler.

Each session will be presented twice at 11 AM and 9 PM on the same day. You may attend at one time on the 20th and at a different time on the 27th if you like.

You can attend one or both Parts. You may attend only Part 2 if you are already an experienced presenter of the program, but even those with experience will benefit from Jen's clever ideas in Part 1!

The sessions will be recorded and posted for sale in the Doggone Safe store after the fact so that you can still get the information even if you can't attend. We encourage you to attend the live sessions if you can because these will be interactive and there will be assignments from the first session to discuss in the second session.

There will be a nominal $5 charge for each session. CEUs from CCPDT are pending.

Each part qualifies for 1 CEU from IAABC

Register for Part 1

Register for Part 2

About the Presenter

Doggone Safe US Vice President Jennifer Shryock is an experienced Be a Tree presenter and was involved in the development of the program. Jen is a certified dog behavior consultant and owner of the Company Family Paws, which offers the Dogs & Storks program and the Dog and Baby Connection program. All Jen's professional activities center around family safety and harmony with the family dog. More about Jen

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Free Webinars from Super Trainer Susan Garrett

We wanted to let you know about this great opportunity to hear from super trainer Susan Garrett about dog training. Every one of Susan's dogs have won national or world championships in the sport of agility. Susan has won national or world championships 50 times. Why does she win so consistently? It is because of the way she trains. Her training methods are the exact same methods that any pet dog trainer can use to develop a fabulous family pet. Susan herself says that even if she were never to step into a competition ring again she would train her dogs the exact same way she does for the competition dogs. Learn from Susan about how to train effectively and efficiently without using any physical force, punishment or corrections.

Watch these free webinars that will help you learn why your dog might not come when called and what you can do about this. Susan covers many training principles that you can apply in your relationship with your own dog.

Here is a link to the free Webinars:

This is the type of information that all dog owners need to know about training and how to use reinforcement efficiently and effectively to change a dog's behavior.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Doggone Safe Coordinator Tonji Stewart Wins Video Contest

We are thrilled to announce that Doggone Safe Eastern Canada Coordinator Tonji Stewart was the co-grand prize winner of the Canis Film Festival. The award was presented at Clicker Expo in Chicago on the weekend. This is an international video contest for clicker trainers and the videos must demonstrate how to teach something using clicker training. The videos are judged on entertainment and teaching value and the winners must demonstrate excellence in the application of clicker training principles in training.

We are very proud of Tonji's accomplishment and her efforts to promote force free training methods that are safe for kids and dogs.

Click here to listen to an interview with Tonji on CBC radio

Click here to see all the winning videos

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

World Rabies Day 2010 Outcomes

Doggone Safe is proud to be a partner with World Rabies Day and to help spread the world and provide educational materials for this important initiative. Here is a message we received from our friends at World Rabies Day:

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Dear Friends and Colleagues:

World Rabies Day 2010 was another huge success!  On behalf of the Global Alliance for Rabies Control, we would like to send a special thank you to all of our partners, volunteers and event coordinators working tirelessly across the globe to promote rabies prevention.  These are YOUR successes and thanks to your ongoing support, the WRD Campaign continues to grow each year!

It is our pleasure to invite you to view the recently published 2010 World Rabies Day Outcomes Brochures:
·         World Rabies Day Outcomes

As planning begins for the 5th World Rabies Day Campaign on September 28, 2011, we welcome you to contact us and tell us about your event.  Please let us know how we may be able to assist you in your planning.  We invite you to visit our library of Educational Resources and welcome submissions/sharing of materials for placement on our Web Site.

english.pngWe also encourage you to join our social networks to receive our latest updates and help educate your friends, family members and followers about rabies prevention by sharing our messages.
·         Follow Us on Twitter
·         Join Us on Facebook  
·         Watch Us on YouTube

World Rabies Day logos are available in more than 30 languages, freely downloadable from our Logo Library.  If you would like a logo created in your native language, we’d be delighted to work with you to help create it! 

And if you are interested in WRD apparel, new 2011 merchandise such as t-shirts, pins and buttons are now available in the Official World Rabies Day Online Store.        

 On behalf of the Global Alliance for Rabies Control and World Rabies Day Global Coordination Team…

Thank you!  Gracias!  Merci!  Obrigado!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Sally Cleland Wins Award from the Saskatchewan Veterinary Medical Association

Sally receives award from Dr. John Ayers
Congratulations to Dr. Sally Cleland for winning the 2010 Saskatchewan Veterinary Medical Association Award for Public Relations for her work with dog bite prevention. Sally received her award at the SVMA annual conference. She told us:
"This was even more special as there were 28 of my classmates at the banquet because we were celebrating our 35th year reunion!! I got a standing ovation from the Class of '75!!!  I was totally surprised!!
We are just thrilled for Sally and very proud of all the she has accomplished! Sally is a long time supporter of Doggone Safe and a Be a Tree presenter. Sally has traveled around Saskatchewan teaching school children and adults about how to read dog body language and act safely around dogs. She has done a lot of educating in the First Nations communities both in person and via radio interviews.Sally has spoken at conferences, engineered a well-attended press conference and has been interviewed for print, radio and television all across the province. Sally even has a different wonderful hat for every occasion!

Sally interviewed on CTV News
Sally has spread the word to many other organizations including the Ministry of Education, the Saskatchewan Safety Council, the Saskatchewan Prevention Institute and the St. John Ambulance. Please see the links below for letters from two of these organizations that were the results of Sally's efforts:

Letters from Saskatchewan Prevention Institute and Saskatchewan Safety Council

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Fun with Be a Tree

by Dana Martin

Just thought it might brighten your day to hear a few little stories from my school presentations today - throughout the day saw all 228 students at an elementary school and had a blast (sometimes feels like I'm doing this more for me than for the kids!)

- used the "quiz" for the 5/6 students again, and again it blew them away, didn't believe all the answers were false!

- had one of the K and grade 1 groups "do a pledge" out loud ("I will never put my face up to a dog's face") - then told them if they promise to keep the pledge I would give them all a sticker and certificate (very sneaky if I say so myself 'cause of course they were getting them anyway!)

- very best part of my day - when about 50 K - 2 kids all swarmed me with hugs at the end of the presentation, with one commenting that she really really liked me, thought I was very smart and how did I get so smart anyway? (would have given a shout out to Joan and Teresa at that point but was too overcome with emotion - hee hee)

Can't wait for the big event in May!

Dana (still feelin' the love from today)
Wag the Dog Training

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Doggone Safe Announces the International Dog Bite Prevention Challenge


Doggone Safe Dog Announces the International Dog Bite Prevention Challenge

Campbellville ON March 7, 2011 – Doggone Safe today announced the International Dog Bite Prevention Challenge. It challenges its presenters to visit schools and educate 50,000 children about dog safety in a single week. The Challenge will occur during Dog Bite Prevention Week (May 15-21, 2011). Non-profit Doggone Safe has presenters in 17 countries, 11 Canadian provinces and 43 states in the USA. Doggone Safe has applied to be considered for a Guinness Record attempt for the Challenge.

Dog bites to children are considered to be a serious public health problem by public health agencies and veterinary medical associations worldwide. Statistics show that most bites are by the family dog or other dog known to the child. “Experts agree that public education has an important role to play in reducing dog bite risk to children, and the Be a Tree program is one of the ways Doggone Safe is contributing”, said Teresa Lewin, vice president and cofounder of Doggone Safe.

Doggone Safe administers the “Be a Tree” dog bite prevention program for school children. The program is delivered by Doggone Safe presenters, veterinary technicians, dog trainers, dog behaviorists, public health nurses, emergency medical services personnel, animal control officers, police officers, teachers and humane educators. Presenters use a teacher kit which contains large format photographs showing dog body language signs, games and activities. Program sponsors can purchase supplementary branded learning materials such as coloring books, paint sheets, a story book, a poster, stickers, bookmarks and fridge magnets. Over 500,000 children worldwide have experienced the Be a Tree presentation since 2004. Through the International Dog Bite Prevention Challenge, Doggone Safe aims to increase this by at least ten percent.

“I love ‘be a tree’ (and ‘be a rock’). It's the best of its kind. This information has to get out there”, said Jean Donaldson – Internationally recognized dog behavior expert, award-winning author and director of the Academy for Dog Trainers.

For more information about the Challenge, to become a sponsor, to book a presentation for your school or to register as a presenter please visit the Doggone Safe website at

About Doggone Safe
Doggone Safe is a non-profit corporation registered in Canada and Ontario, and in the US is a 501(c)(3) registered charity. Doggone Safe is dedicated to dog bite prevention through education and dog bite victim support. Doggone Safe has members from around the world. Educational programs offered by Doggone Safe are Be a Tree™ (for school-aged children), and online courses about dog body language and occupational dog bite prevention.

Media contact Canada: Joan Orr | | 877-350-3232

Media contact USA: Kerry Potter-Kotecki | | 845-369-6485

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