New Horizons Veterinary Behavior Solutions

300 Somonauk St.
Park Forest, IL 60466


DoggoneSafe is an international non-profit organization dedicated to dog bite prevention through education. The program is designed to help keep kids and families safe from dog bites. It teaches children the signs of when a dog is uncomfortable so that they can recognize a situation that might induce a bite. Click the link to the DoggoneSafe official website to learn how to Teach a child, Save a Dog!

The Be-A-Tree Program created and administered by Doggone Safe is a fun and interactive presentation for children that teaches them how to read dog body language and how to be safe around dogs.

Deer Run Animal Hospital's Patient Care Coordinator, Liz Geisen, is a certified presenter for the Be-A-Tree Program. If you have a children's group that would benefit from this important and fun Dog Safety Education Program, please contact us! Phone 864-7180 or email us at to schedule a free presentation.

Body Language of Dog Fear Poster

Click here to learn Why Dogs Bite and How They Warn Us

Good Dogs Bite Too

Am I Having Fun Yet? Do we listen to our dogs? Read this story to learn how to hear what your dog is telling you! It could prevent a frightened dog and a bite!

Learn Do Dogs Bite "Out of the Blue"?

Veterinary Behavior Specialist, Dr. Ilana Reisner explains in her blog that Dogs Dont Bite Out of the Blue

Why Growling is Good  From Nicole Wilde

The Doggone Safe Blog--How to stop Puppy Biting! Click for lots of tips on puppy biting and helpful videos included on this on this blog!

Pet Meets Baby If you or someone you know is bringing home a new baby this is the resource to read!

Tell Your Dog Your Pregnant

Did you know that half of all children will be bitten by the time they turn twelve?? The U.S. Postal Service supports responsible pet ownership and education as a cure for this national epidemic.

The 3 Most Important Things to Teach Your Kids

  1. Dogs Don't Like Hugs and Kisses Teach your kids not to hug or kiss a dog on the face. Hugging the family dog or face-to-face contact are common causes of bites to the face. Instead, teach kids to scratch the dog on the chest or the side of the neck.
  2. Be a Tree if a Strange Dog Approaches Teach kids to stand still, like a tree. Trees are boring and the dog will eventually go away. This works for strange dogs and anytime the family dog gets too frisky or becomes aggressive.
  3. Never Tease a Dog and never disturb a dog that?s sleeping, eating or protecting something.

The 2 Most Important Things Parents Can Do

  1. Supervise Don?t assume your dog is good with kids. If a toddler must interact with your dog, you should have your hands on the dog too. Even if your dog is great with kids and has never bitten ? why take a chance?
  2. Train the dog Take your dog to obedience classes where positive-reinforcement is used. Never pin, shake, choke, hold the dog down or roll the dog over to teach it a lesson. Dogs treated this way are likely to turn their aggression on weaker family members. Involve older children in training the family dog while supervising. Don?t allow children to punish the dog. Condition the dog to enjoy the presence and actions of children using positive experiences.

The 3 Most Important Things Dog Owners Can Do

1. Spay or Neuter Your Dog! Neutered pets are calmer, healthier and less likely to be aggressive. Neutering prevents unwanted dogs that may end up in shelters or in less than ideal conditions where they may grow up to be poorly socialized or aggressive.

2. Condition Your Dog for the World Give your puppy lots of new positive experiences. Train using positive methods i.e. clicker training.

3. Supervise Your Dog - Supervise your dog at all times around children. Do not allow children to hug and kiss the dog. If visiting children are bothering your dog, put the dog away or send the children home.

Visit for more tips
and information on the

"Be a Tree" program


For Parents:

Parent Education Packet--Doggone Crazy Parent Guide This packet has lots of information on how parents can help keep kids safe.

Parent Pamphlet-- Be Doggone Smart at Home another great resource parent's can use to help make the bond between your child and dog strong. Tips for building a safe and loving bond between your child and your dog.

Preventing Aggression Over Possessions and Food in Your Puppy

Bite Proofing Your Puppy

The Blue Dog Another dog bite prevention program sponsored by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)

The Blue Dog Parent Guide Click here for a free downloadable copy of the Blue Dog Parent Guide. It is designed to help teach young children 3-6 yrs old about bite prevention.

Doggone Crazy A fun website dedicated to fun and safety with the family dog.

Living with Kids and  A great website from dog and child expert, Colleen Pelar.

For Kids:
Coloring Page 1- Kid and K9 Safety Tips

Coloring Page 2- Kip Sees A Puppy. He Does Not See Her Owner. What Should He Do?

Kid and K9 Safety Tips- Kid and K9 Safety Tips and Activities


Watch this YouTube Video on how to deal with a pack of dogs. Doggone Safe's Video--Learn to Speak Dog

Zoom Room Video Guide to Dog Body Language

Dr. Sophia' Yin's PSA Video-Why Dogs Bite & What to Avoid!

I Speak Doggie Video!

What Is Your Dog Desperately Trying To Tell You?!

More on Dog Body Language

Dog Body Language Collection from Eileenanddogs

Whole Dog Journal Dog Body Language Dictionary of Stress

Canine Body Language Explained by the  ASPCA

Dog Stress Tip Alerts