“The number of bites to children is atrociously high and can easily be reduced through education,” says Teresa Lewin, vp and co-founding father of Doggone Safe.
The nonprofit makes use of a program it developed known as “Be a Tree” to coach youngsters about security round canine. “We teach children to ‘be a tree’ if a strange dog approaches or any dog is bothering them or becoming too frisky,” says Joan Orr, president of Doggone Safe. The thought is bushes “are boring to dogs and the dog will just sniff them and go away.”
To “be a tree” you plant your roots (cease), fold your branches (fingers folded in entrance), watch your roots develop (take a look at your ft) and silently depend your breaths out and in till the canine goes away or assist comes, Orr says.
“The program focuses on teaching kids what to do as opposed to giving them a list of don’ts,” Orr says. “Our approach to bite prevention education is not to frighten, but to empower children with the knowledge they need to assess a situation with a dog and keep themselves safe.”
Doggone Safe presenters have already pledged to coach over 17,000 youngsters in six nations, six Canadian provinces and twenty six U.S. states in the course of the week-lengthy drive.
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