Review of Be a Tree Teacher Kit and Doggone
Crazy! board game by Lisa Grey
I am a
Canine Behaviour Consultant and Specialist. I hold Canine Behaviour Seminars
monthly in a variety of venues on behaviour modification, Pack structure and
language, voice modulation, and bite prevention, dealing with dominance in dogs.
From 1993-1996 I was a behaviour modification Instructor with BCSPCA running
their dog bite prevention and aggressive dog program. The majority of my client
base are veterinarian or other trainer referrals for aggressive or fearful dogs,
dominance and chronic separation anxiety and fears. I am the senior trainer for
Canines with a Cause assistance dog program as well as the program director,
founder and senior instructor for Adolescents at Risk and Canines Ontario and
the owner of Natural Bond Canine Behaviour Consultants.
I have recently had the pleasure of presenting a bite prevention program using
the Doggonecrazy format and program. I was incredibly impressed with the easy to
follow format and the enjoyable way dog bite prevention information is relayed
to participants using this system. Knowing dog bite prevention information and
being fully aware of what the information content should be in such a program I
was pleasantly surprised to find a kit chock full of information and presented
in a way that would be informative for even the most knowledgeable instructor or
participant as well as those who know little to no canine behaviour or bite
During the presentation the script provided made everything run smoothly while
allowing me to concentrate on providing a fun animated presentation. The props
provided with the kit made this particular seminar the most popular, well
received and informative presentation I have put on for children and adults
about bite prevention to date. Previously, my information was informative and
complete but not nearly as memorable or entertaining allowing participants to
enjoy while learning and to be part of the process as well. What I liked most
about this presentation is that it is laid out for any level of understanding
and knowledge much like the children's game is. It turned my seminars from
informative and well done to WOW I won't for get that!
Already I have received calls from parents of participants telling me that their
children came home excited and filled with information to share and trying to
educate other family members. The age group I had with this presentation was 3-6
years old and we all had an opportunity to play the Doggone Crazy board game. I
had children lined up waiting for their turn to play the game. Each group had
mixed ages in it and I was thrilled to realize that every child was able to
understand and participate in the game at the same time. The way the game is
designed allows younger children to comprehend as the descriptive picture cards
and board game give them clues and the older children were not bored as there
were levels of challenges that could differ in the game for each age group.
When asked, one nine year old participant offered this evaluation of the game.
"I love this game it is fun, and not boring but also teaches you stuff that help
you, I thought it was going to be slow with little kids playing but it is not. I
would like to have this game." I think that says it all about the game.
Hats off to one of the best educational packages 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.
Canine Behavior Consultants