Doggone Safe Be A Tree™ by Green Acres

Green Acres Kennel Shop is proud to be a member of Doggone Safe. Co-owner, Don Hanson is a licensed presenter of the Doggone Safe  “Be a Tree” educational  dog bite prevention program for children. We are making this program available to schools and other youth program in the greater Bangor region at no charge.

The “Be a Tree” program is an innovative and interactive dog bite prevention education program aimed at primary grade children. It teaches children how to read dog body language and how to act safely around dogs by looking at large format photographs and by playing interactive games. The program is unique in its use of several different teaching strategies, its focus on physical activity and its emphasis on positive messages. Instead of telling children “don’t do this and don’t do that”, the Be a Tree program empowers them with the knowledge they need to make safe decisions based on the body language and the actions of the dog and the situation at hand. The central message of the program is “Be a Tree” (stand still and quiet and don’t look at the dog) if a strange dog approaches or any dog is causing concern or becoming too frisky.


“The Be A Tree program is fun and terrific. The kids and teachers loved it”, said Jennifer Shryock – Dog Bite Prevention Educator and Dog Behavior Specialist – Family Paws - North Carolina.


“I believe your program [Be a Tree] is the best dog bite prevention program available”, said Sherri Utter – Retired Elementary School Teacher, Animatch Volunteer – Quebec.

For information about booking or sponsoring the Be a Tree program please contact Don Hanson at 207-945-6841 or email [email protected].


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