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Children’s Safety Around Dogs

Animal Safety Is Fun! Keeping Children Safe Around Dogs
Each year more than five million people are treated for dog bite wounds. The estimated cost of those injuries is more than six million dollars. About 75% of those bitten are children. Most dogs are friendly. The majority of dog bites are inflicted by dogs who are frightened or excited by people doing things which agitate them. The dog bite epidemic is largely a preventable problem. Our goal is to teach children and adults how to avoid dog bites by respecting dog’s territory and utilizing two defensive postures when approached by dogs. These postures are called “Be A Tree” and “Act Like A Log”. The postures help us all remember not to run when in the presence of dogs. For more information see or .


School Teacher’s Safety

A school teacher told me she learned Animal Safety Is Fun! “Be A Tree and Act Like A Log” with her students during a presentation by a local Veterinarian. A month later she and her husband were walking in their neighborhood. Suddenly, a large dog bolted from a house, running straight towards them. Her husband said, “Run, let’s get out of here”! She told him, “No, I know what to do. Stand still and Be A Tree”. He ignored her advice and ran. The dog took no notice of her and ran past her to catch and bite her husband several times. Too bad he didn’t listen to his wife.


Animal Safety Is Fun!

Hello Animal Bite Prevention Colleagues

I am a Veterinarian who is interested in children’s safety around animals. I have had this interest for many years. In the 1990’s we introduced the first videotape program titled “Animal Safety Is Fun!” I am excited to tell you that we have modernized ASIF! It is now available as an instant digital online download which can be saved to your computer for future use.

The contents of the video have been digitally reproduced directly from the original beta format, so visual quality is much improved over the VHS of the past. This digital material will not deteriorate with time and use.

Our ASIF! logo has been updated and the supporting documents can also be downloaded to your computer as needed for future presentations.

The improved downloadable supporting documents include:

  1. Copyright Letter to encourage reproduction of the supporting documents, but not the video.
  2. Teacher’s Guide to ensure uniform teaching of ASIF!
  3. Coloring Poster for age appropriate groups to enhance learning ASIF!
  4. Parent’s Guide to be taken home with the completed Coloring Poster so children can teach these new life safety skills to parents, siblings and friends.
  5. Future Event Flyer to help you publicize your ASIF! presentations.


We hope you will enjoy presenting this material to help children learn how to be safe and confident around animals. No procedure can prevent all dog bites. But, these procedures may help reduce the frequency and severity of animal bite injuries. These are Life Safety Skills that all children should know for their health and safety.

Thank you
Animal Safety Is Fun LLC
Joseph Michael Cornwell, DVM, Sole Member