Each year, 800,000 Americans seek medical attention for dog bites; half of these are children. Of
those injured, 386,000 require treatment in an emergency department and about 16 die. The rate
of dog bite-related injuries is highest for children ages 5 to 9 years, and the rate decreases as
children age. Almost two thirds of injuries among children ages four years and younger are to
the head or neck region. Injury rates in children are significantly higher for boys than for girls.
(These numbers are from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention)
Our program is designed to speak to children in a language they understand. It is visually based (using Power
Point) with plenty of pictures, cartoons and verbage.
Children will learn about the body language of dogs, what it looks like and what it means. They will learn how to
approach a dog, when to approach a dog and what to do if a dog attacks.
Though our program takes a light hearted approach, it is packed with very important information that will help
children avoid being bitten by dogs. The program is very interactive allowing children to give answers and input
throughout the presentation. At the end, we will use a volunteer in order to show the correct way to protect
against damaging or fatal bites when trapped by an aggressive dog.
They will learn how to avoid situations such as this one. This dog is actually
playing, but the child's face (nose in particular) is in danger of damage by
this dog's teeth.
They will learn about dog feeding time
and what to do to avoid possible
resource protection bites from a dog.
What to do if they come
across a stray dog that
may be hurt or may be fear
What handling is appropriate and what could get them
They will get to practice their newly learned skills with a real dog that
is well socialized and used to the ways of children. (He's also a service
At the end of the course they will receive a
certificate to take home with them. The banner at
the bottom will contain the date and above the
banner will be the name of the school the course
was taken at.
This course is completely free, there are no time or materials charges. We provide this course in an effort to
make interaction between dogs and children safer and more satisfying to both.
Please contact us if you would like to set up a course at your school. We will need approximately 45 minutes
for the course depending on how much student interaction takes place. We look forward to working with you
in order to make dog interaction safer for your students.