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International Dog Bite Event - Teach a Child, Save a Dog


Sun 15 May 2011, 10:00am–12:00pm

Where: Blind & Low Vision NZ, 96 Bristol St, Christchurch

Restrictions: All Ages

Listed by: Natalie Perzylo

The School of the Naked Dog supports International Dog Bite Prevention Week by launching their own Doggone Safe “Be a Tree” Event.

During the third week in May, Doggone Safe and The School of the Naked Dog are delivering a solution to one of the nation’s most commonly reported public health problems affecting children: dog bites. Half of all children are bitten by a dog by the time they are 12 years old.

Doggone Safe, a non-profit organisation dedicated to dog bite prevention through education, offers free information at its website to help promote safety messages. The School of the Naked Dog is promoting and delivering the Doggone Safe “Be a Tree” children’s programme during the annual International Dog Bite Prevention Week in May.

Youth education specialist Natalie Perzylo identified the Canadian-developed program as a practical solution to New Zealand’s dog bite problem prior to the micro-chipping and breed specific legislation debate, integrating it into the Christchurch School of the Naked Dog’s holiday programme curriculum.

Children and parents learn to read dog body language and how to act safely around dogs by looking at large format photographs, and by playing interactive games. The “Be a Tree” programme is unique in its use of several different teaching strategies, its focus on physical activity and its emphasis on positive messages. The “Be a Tree” programme empowers children with the knowledge they need to make safe decisions based on the body language, the actions of the dog, and the situation at hand.

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