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International Dog Bite Prevention Challenge Seeks Guinness Record

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We just received word over on Twitter that Whatta Pup! (@whattapup) will participate with Doggone Safe in the International Dog Bite Prevention Challenge during Dog Bite Prevention Week, May 15-21, 2011.

The Challenge: This event challenges its presenters to visit schools and educate 50,000 children about dog safety in a single week, May 15-21, 2011. Non-profit Doggone Safe has presenters in 17 countries, 11 Canadian provinces and 43 states in the USA. Doggone Safe has applied to be considered for a Guinness Record attempt for the Challenge.

“Experts agree that public education has an important role to play in reducing dog bite risk to children, and the Be a Tree program is one of the ways Doggone Safe is contributing”, said Teresa Lewin, Vice President and cofounder of Doggone Safe.

“Be a Tree” Caryn Charlie Liles is a presenter of the “Be a Tree” dog bite prevention program for school children. The program is delivered by Doggone Safe presenters, veterinary technicians, dog trainers, dog behaviorists, public health nurses, emergency medical services personnel, animal control officers, police officers, teachers and humane educators. Presenters use a teacher kit which contains large format photographs showing dog body language signs, games and activities. Over 500,000 children worldwide have experienced the Be a Tree presentation since 2004. Through the International Dog Bite Prevention Challenge, Doggone Safe aims to increase this by at least ten percent.

About Doggone Safe
Doggone Safe is a non-profit corporation registered in Canada and Ontario, with offices in Canada and the US. Doggone Safe’s mandate includes dog bite prevention education and dog bite victim support.

About Whatta Pup!
Whatta Pup! is a Toronto-based company that provides force-free, humane training for people and their dogs through behaviour modification, private lessons, group classes, seminars and workshops.

For more information about the International Dog Bite Prevention Challenge:

  • contact Caryn Charlie Liles, Whatta Pup!, 647.893.5580,
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