Teachers

About the Be a Tree Teacher Kit

The Be a Tree Teacher Kit is for...

  • schools/teachers who want to deliver a bite prevention program themselves

  • humane educators for in-house or community outreach use

  • obedience trainers who want to educate their clients about safety around dogs

  • dog industry professionals who want to offer bite prevention programming to local schools or community groups

  • pet industry retailers who want to provide a community service and promote their business at the same time.

Contents of Be a Tree Teacher Kit

  • A set of 9 11"x17" photographs of dogs showing various body language signals. Text of script printed on the reverse to prompt the presenter.

  • A set of 5 "tools" photos - also 11"x17". These are tools for kids to put in their toolbox (in their head) - to help keep them safe. Text of script printed on the reverse.

  • A snarly dog photo - 11"x17" - this is held up by a helper at random and everyone must stand up and "be a tree"

  • A spinner - 10" x 10" - used after the first 15 minutes of instruction - the results of the spin govern the rest of the program.

  • Program script

  • 4 Simon Says cards

  • 4 Scenario cards

  • Handout for photocopying

  • Follow up activities

  • Program evaluation form - for photocopying

  • CD Video showing a sample delivery of the presentation

  • Tote bag for carrying and storing the kit

  • La "trousse d'enseignement" a été traduite en français.  Veuillez contacter la coordonnatrice pour le Québec, Sherri Utter, afin d'obtenir des informations au sujet du programme "Fais l'Arbre".

Use the spinner for activities after the teaching part of the session...

Snarly Dog - everyone be a tree

Panting Dog - everyone be a happy dog

Toolbox - volunteers act out a scenario - audience shouts out which tool to use

Simon Says - everyone plays Simon Says

Hats off to the best educational package I have seen in years and a great public service that goes a long way to getting the message out about dog bite prevention and working toward eliminating dog bites to our children. 

Lisa Grey - Canine Behavior Consultant and Specialist; Bite Prevention Educator with BCSPCA (former); Senior Trainer - Canines with a Cause; Senior Instructor - Adolescents at Risk and Canines Ontario; Owner Natural Bond Canine Consultants, Ontario, Canada

I have reviewed the materials from the Be a Tree program and will be utilizing this material when teaching the second graders of Longmont, Colorado. The materials provided are great tools in teaching animal safety.

Robin Breffle, Community Service Office, Animal Control, Longmont Police Department, Longmont, Colorado

My experience as a classroom teacher of 35 years taught me that children learn by doing, practicing and playing. The program "Be a Tree" is a great teaching tool. Lots of role playing and repetition until the children have a patterned response to an aggressive dog. Fast paced and fun.

Sherri Utter, Retired Elementary School Teacher; Animatch Volunteer, Quebec, Canada

As a Canine Behavior Consultant and Special Education Teacher, I am very impressed with the Be a Tree program. This fun and interactive program involves kids every step of the way as they learn the tools to make safe choices around familiar and unfamiliar dogs. I am impressed when I return to the classes several weeks later and the kids still remember all of the tools and can tell me some things that dogs do that indicate they may be stressed. This program empowers kids to make better choices through awareness and education. The Be a Tree teacher's kit comes with beautiful clear poster-sized photos that are helpful for teaching children and adults alike. The easy-to-follow script is conveniently printed on the back of each poster to help the presenter stay on track and be at ease during their presentation. This really helps to minimize tangents and stay focused on the key points of the presentation.

Jennifer Shryock, Canine Behavior Consultant, Creator of Dogs & Storks Workshop, Cary, North Carolina

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