Be A Tree

The Be A Tree™ Program is a fun an interactive presentation for children that teaches them how to read dog body language and be safe around dogs. The program was created by Doggone Safe, a non-profit organization dedicated to dog bite prevention through education, and dog bite victim support. The program includes photos and games to teach kids how to “be a tree” and act safely around dogs.

The Be A Tree™ Program is supported by a teacher kit that presenters use to ensure a consistent and accurate presentation. The kit and program have been developed and reviewed by experts. Click here to find out about the teacher kit and see what the experts have to say.

About Our Class

The program is set up to be individualized for schools, kids camps, and other children oriented programs. The program can be taught using audio visual aids like a projector, to a larger group, or using large pictures, for smaller gatherings. Every group gets to play the “Spinner” game - which includes a Simon Says and a Charades game! Parents and teachers are encouraged to participate, to show kids that everyone follows these rules.

The main message from the presentation is “be a tree” if a strange dog comes near you, or any dog is too frisky, or is making the child uncomfortable. See below for a quick example of how to “be a tree”.

Here's why: 

Trees are boring to dogs. Be a tree and a dog will just sniff and then go away. When was the last time you saw a dog chasing a tree?

Be a tree in any of these situations:

  1. A strange dog comes near you (even if he seems friendly).

  2. Any dog is making you feel uncomfortable, worried or scared.

  3. A dog is chasing you.

  4. Your own or a friend's dog is acting too frisky or excited.

When to stop being a tree:

Count in your head to the highest number you know and then start back at 1 again until the dog goes away or help comes.

Most dogs do not intend to scare or bite people, but they do like to investigate new people. Most dogs will chase a person who runs and will get more and more excited the more the person runs. Shouting or screaming is also exciting to dogs and can frighten some dogs. Being still and quiet is the best way to show a dog that you mean no harm and that you are not going to play with him or threaten him.

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