The “Be a Tree” program is an innovative and interactive program for school age children created by Doggone Safe. Children will learn to read dog body language and how to act safely around their own and strange dogs by looking at large format photographs and by playing fun interactive games. The Be a Tree program is unique in its use of several different teaching strategies, its focus on physical activity and its emphasis on positive messages. Instead of telling children “don’t do this and don’t do that”, the Be a Tree program empowers them with the knowledge they need to make safe decisions based on the body language and the actions of the dog and the situation at hand. Please visit the Doggone Safe website to find out more about the Be a Tree program and type of information that this organization provides.

The main message from the presentation is "Be a Tree" if strange dog comes near or any dog is too frisky or is making you uncomfortable.

Program Content

The program is broken down into two main parts:

Part 1: Teaching Segment (15-20 min)
The presenter uses large format photos to teach the children about how to read dog body language and how to act safely around dogs. The learn how to use the tools they have in their head to keep themselves safe. During the session they get to practice how to "be a tree" several times.

Part 2: Practicing Segment (15-20 min)
This is the really fun part! The class engages in interactive games and role playing to practice what they have learned.

The Be a Tree presentation will help your teachers meet education goals set out in the curriculum. The program includes a set of suggested follow-up activities designed by teachers and related to dog bite prevention education that are consistent with numeracy, reading and PSHCE components of the curriculum. These can be reviewed at the Doggone Safe website (click on the Be a Tree logo).

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