Friday, August 30, 2013

Dog Bite Prevention Challenge in Liberia


By Morris Darbo


The Liberia Animal Welfare and Conservation Society (LAWCS) is a locally based animal welfare organization established in 2000 and legally registered with the government of Liberia in 2004. LAWCS renewed its legal status with the government of Liberia on January 3, 2012.
The vision of LAWCS is to create a society where the welfare of all forms of nature matter. As Mahatma Gandhi said, “the greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated”.

Liberia is one of the countries that do not provide rabies vaccine to dogs and anti-rabies vaccine to humans. Dogs are the main carriers and transmitters of rabies in Liberia. Children have been the main victims of dog bite. In partnership with a Canadian based organization, Doggone safe, LAWCS has been actively involved in dog bite prevention education in various schools in Lofa County using ``Be a Tree`` dog bite prevention program. From April to May, 2013, LAWCS` volunteers visited and inspired 10,076 school children in 19 schools.

See the details in the chart below:
No.
Name of School
# of female
# of male
Total
1
Kormah Shepherd hood Day Care
221
232
453
2
Japan Day Care
120
146
266
3
Kids Connection Day Care
241
255
496
4
William A. Brown School
224
200
424
5
Voinjama Central Academy
100
115
215
6
Voinjama Public School
250
305
555
7
St. Joseph Catholic School
235
140
375
8
New Life Community School
188
148
336
9
Answeru English & Arabic School
375
298
673
10
Kintorma Community School
412
421
833
11
Yandasu Public School
210
200
410
12
Selega Public School
200
231
431
13
Lawalazu Public School
220
245
465
14
Voinjama Free Pentecostal School
1007
994
2001
15
Malamai Public School
134
119
253
16
Koiyama Public School
254
201
455
17
Mamai Public School
213
65
278
18
Kabata Public School
247
241
488
19
Vezala Public School
376
291
667

Grand Total
5,227
4,847
10,074


We want to extend our thanks and appreciation to Doggone Safe for their support. In particular, we want to thank Joan Orr of Doggone Safe, and all LAWCS` volunteers who worked with LAWCS to implement the activity.













Click  here to donate to LAWCS and help them to spread their messages against animal cruelty, to provide vet care and rabies vaccinations, and to provide dog bite prevention for school children.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Seminar! Kids & Dogs: Pitfalls and Potentials


Join Doggone Safe VP Jennifer Shryock and author Colleen Pelar for a weekend of learning about managing and enhancing the child/dog relationship.

Date: Sept 21-22, 2013
Location: Boston/Cambridge MA

This seminar is for trainers, shelter staff, vets, vet techs, parents and expectant parents.

CEUS: CCPDT 12, IAABC 12

Click here for more details or to register

Download seminar flyer

Seminar Agenda

DAY 1 - SATURDAY: 

TIME: 9-9:30am - WELCOME: JENNIFER SHYROCK & COLLEEN PELAR

TIME: 9:30A-12:00P - WHAT DOGS WISH PEOPLE KNEW

PRESENTER: COLLEEN PELAR
  • The “Good Dog Myth”, impossible standard and unrealistic expectations
  • No “One size fits all” solution to rough toddler handling of dog
  • Tolerance vs Enjoyment: when does kid behavior reach “enough already!”
  • Teaching how to supervise and read body language & stress signals
  • Setting Rules & Boundaries: what to look for & when to intervene
  • Teens can be as tough as Toddlers!


TIME: 1PM-4:15PM - INCLUSION, REALISTIC EXPECTATIONS FOR BOTH CHILDREN AND DOGS IN THE HOME

PRESENTER: JENNIFER SHRYOCK
  • Strategies to Decrease Bite Incidents (1:00PM-2:30PM) Learn proactive planning for dog & child safety zones before baby’s arrival; We will go over increase in problems due to unpredictable baby/toddler body movements; Inclusion of dog in daily activities with baby/toddler always requiring SUPERVISION; Learning/teaching canine body language and stress signals; Resident vs family dog; What we know about “inclusion”
  • Essential Tips For In Home Consultations (2:45PM-4:15PM)


DAY 2 - SUNDAY: 

TIME: 9-10:15AM CAPTURING THEIR ATTENTION: Activities for Kids

PRESENTERS: Jennifer Shryock & Colleen Pelar
  • Kids learn best with active involvement. You’ll learn specific ideas for capturing kids attention and teaching them about dogs, either in private lessons or when teaching a roomful of kids basic safety like “Be a Tree”


TIME: 10:30-12PM – SPATIAL ISSUES: THINGS GET TOO CLOSE

PRESENTER: Jennifer Shryock
  • Toddlers & dogs can clash if things get too close and parents miss a signal of discomfort from the dog. You’ll learn about age characteristics and behaviors that often lead to tense moments; Grumble & Growl Zones and how to prevent or handle them; age related behaviors and dog/children interactions; how and when to intervene. You will learn solutions for doing “things” differently & talking to clients without causing fear or shut down.


TIME: 1:00PM-2:30PM – COMMUNITY OUTREACH: SPEAK ABOUT KIDS &  DOGS WHILE PROMOTING YOUR BUSINESS

PRESENTER: Colleen Pelar
  • Sharing what you know about kids and dogs can improve safety and understanding. You’ll learn strategies to teach people and promote your business in your community, from fun fairs to library visits to school career days.. Be A Tree; The 3 Steps For Meeting Dog; Pros & Cons of bringing a demo dog; Activities to teach kids about dog body language.


TIME: 2:45P-4:15PM – DOGS & STORKS COMMUNITY EVENT (open to expecting parents in the community)

PRESENTER: Jennifer Shryock
  • A live presentation of a Dogs & Storks program. You’ll hear actual questions & answers learn tips to share with clients who want to help prepare their dog for life with a baby!


Thursday, August 8, 2013

We Met our Goal to Educate 30,000 Children in May 2013 - Thanks to Our Fantastic Presenters!


Presenters around the world from non-profit Doggone Safe educated more than 30,000 children about safety around during the month of May in celebration of Dog Bite Prevention Week. Events took place in ten countries, six Canadian provinces and seventeen US states.

Half of all children are bitten by a dog and most of the time the biter is the family dog or another dog known to the child. Dog bites can be emotionally and physically scarring for a child and can cost the dog his life. “Dog bites are preventable and we are very proud of the efforts of all our presenters as they work hard during Dog Bite Prevention Week and all year doing community education to help reduce the risk of dog bites to children”, said Joan Orr, president and cofounder of Doggone Safe.

The “Be a Tree” program is a dog bite prevention presentation for school children. Children learn that a happy dog pants and wags his tail loosely, while an anxious dog may show a half moon of white in his eye, yawn, lick his lips or turn away. A dog that does not want to meet them has his mouth closed and may hold his tail and body stiff, or wag his tail slowly. They learn how to let a dog approach them and how to pet it safely, after asking permission. They learn to avoid dangerous situations with dogs and how to Be a Tree if a strange dog approaches them or any dog is bothering them. To Be a Tree they stop, fold their branches (hands clasped in front), watch their roots grow (look at their feet) and count their breaths in their head until help comes or the dog goes away. The Be a Tree program is fun and interactive with a goal to empower and not to frighten children.

Diane Kamitakahara, principal of Earl Grey School in Calgary Alberta said, “Thanks so much for the presentations. They were great and very well received. One of our teacher’s daughters who is in grade 1 here had an encounter with an excited pit bull at the dog park the weekend after your presentation. She did exactly like you instructed and the dog backed off and went away. Her mom was amazed.”

For more information about Doggone Safe, to become a sponsor, to book a presentation for your school or to become a presenter please visit the Doggone Safe website at www.doggonesafe.com.