The Be a Tree program is a dog bite prevention seminar program for school age children. This program focuses on fun and interactive activities to teach children how to read dog body language and how to act safely around their own dog and strange dogs. Doggone Safe discourages presenters from bringing live dogs into the classroom.
The Be a Tree program is a leader in dog bite prevention programming. More than half a million children have experienced the program, which has the support of veterinary medical associations and veterinary technician/technologist associations. For a list of these please visit the Be a Tree website.
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Program ContentThe 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 program comes in the form of a physical Teacher Kit and and PowerFlashPoint file suitable for use on a computer and projector. You may purchase these to do your own presentations, or you may want to invite a presenter to come to give a presentation to your group.
Click here to view the PowerFlashPoint file and see the content of the program.
The Teacher Kit and PowerFlashPoint file are available for purchase in our store.
Here is a video that shows part of a presentation given by Ruth Smiler:
Here is a video that shows program co-creator Teresa Lewin demonstrating the tool summary. This is a recap of some of the key information from the session.
Here is a video of Teresa playing some of the games with a group of grade 3 students. This is a fun way of letting the kids use what they have learned. This part of the program can go on as long as you like. Sometimes the kids want to repeat the role playing games with different kids as actors so that everyone gets a turn.
How to Find a PresenterSearch our online directories to find a presenter near you.
How to Become a PresenterThe Be a Tree program can be presented by anyone who purchases a Be a Tree Teacher Kit (available from the Doggone Crazy! store). If you wish to become a Be a Tree presenter all you need to do is purchase the kit.
You may want to become a licensed presenter. This means that you have signed the license agreement and agree to the terms therein. As a licensed presenters you will be allowed to use the Be a Tree logo in print and at your website and you will be entitled to assistance from Doggone Safe in booking programs and in preparing sponsorship proposals. Your listing in the Be a Tree presenter database will indicate that you are a licensed presenter.
To become a licensed presenter all you need to do is purchase the teacher kit and sign the license agreement. Licensing is optional and there is no charge for this.
The kit is available as a physical kit or as a PowerPoint-type presentation file for use on a computer or with a projector. Each of these as a separate item costs $100. They are available as a package for $120.
Doggone Safe members qualify for $10 off. Join Doggone Safe to get the discount code before buying the Be a Tree teacher kit. Visit the Be a Tree page at the member site if you are a member.
For more details on the physical teacher kit click here.
To view the PowerPoint show click here. This shows all the photos used in the seminar version.
Answers to Frequently Asked Questions
We have compiled answers to the most frequently asked questions about the Be a Tree program. These include answers about the technical content of the program, how to book a program, how to become a presenter and how to become a sponsor. Please read these over before you send us an email or call us. We are pleased to answer your questions, but you will probably get your question answered faster and better if you visit the FAQ pages (see below). If you need more information please give us a call or send an email.About the Teacher Kit
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Be a Tree Website - this is a non-commercial site with information for kids, parents and teachers
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