Doggone Safe! Mission Statement
To promote education initiatives for the purpose of dog bite prevention and increased child safety around dogs. To provide tools and resources to professional dog trainers, behavior consultants and pet care professionals to support dog bite prevention education.
Doggone Safe! Mandate
- to provide low-cost educational materials for use in schools
- to provide low-cost educational materials for use by community health departments
- to provide educational materials to veterinarians for office display
- to provide educational materials to family physicians for office display
- to provide information and resources on raising puppies and training dogs in ways that do not promote aggression
- to provide information and resources for parents and expectant parents with dogs
- to provide information and resources for professionals who must visit or enter the homes of people with dogs during the course of their job
Dogs are amazing animals. They love us unconditionally. They protect our homes. They find lost children. They fetch the newspaper. They swim. They lie by the fire. They pull sleds in the snow. They predict seizures and sniff out cancer cells. They lead the blind. They hear for the deaf. They comfort the elderly. They leap from helicopters to rescue the drowning. They roll in dead stuff. They chase the cat. They dig up the garden. They die for us in wartime. They sniff out drugs and bombs. They pull wheelchairs. They race agility courses. They steal the remote. They warm our feet and our hearts
Despite 12,000 years of living with dogs, they remain largely misunderstood by humans.
When a dog bites we interpret this in human terms. In most cases, the bite is a normal dog behavior. The dog that bites is not necessarily a mean dog or a bad dog – he is just a dog. To prevent dog bites we need to understand what motivates the dog to bite and reduce risk through modification of both human and dog behavior.