Statistics show that most dog bites are by the family dog. In most cases the family is stunned and did not see it coming. The dog has always been good with the kids, he loves kids, he bit out of the blue with no warning. These beliefs are generally false and stem from unrealistic expectations about the dog.
No-one has ever watched the dog closely to see whether he really does enjoy the attention he gets from the children, or whether there are signs that sometimes he does not want to be bothered. The family just assumes that because the dog has tolerated certain behavior from the kids (hugging, kissing, lying on the dog, lying in the dog’s bed, taking the dog’s toys and food away), that he will continue to do so, or that he “lets the kids do anything”. The fact is that dogs do not bite for no reason and they give many warnings before they do get to the point of biting or growling. Most people simply do not know what to look for and so do not notice that the dog is communicating his discomfort with the kids. The Doggone Crazy! board game offers a fun way for children and parents to learn about the signals dogs send and how to tell if a dog is happy or anxious.
The game also teaches about the proper way to act in any scenarios with dogs that kids might encounter both with their own dog, with other people’s dogs and with strange dogs running loose. Playing the game provides many opportunities to practice the critical skill of “being a tree” if a strange dog approaches or any dog is frightening or bothering them. This practice give kids a much better chance of being able to do the right thing in a stressful situation with a scary dog. Indeed many parents have written to tell us that their child (or even themselves) remembered to be a tree in a situation with a loose, threatening dog and the dog went away.
Parents have also told us that playing the game reduced a previous fear of dogs in their child. We think this is because the game clearly shows the difference between a safe and a dangerous dog and shows many ways of interacting safely with a dog. This knowledge empowers children to make safe choices and to know that dogs communicate their feelings and that happy dogs are safe. The notion that dogs have feelings too makes them less scary for kids with fears.
“Doggone Crazy! is the first board game in a long time to keep my kids attention…they played the game so much that I wasn’t allowed to touch the game for review until the week-end was over.” Alyice Edrich – Editor-in-Chief – The Dabbling Mum – National Parenting Magazine
“This game makes it fun for children to learn how to behave toward dogs, and how to understand what dog expressions and actions mean. It’s a positive and reinforcing tool for enhancing child safety, reducing bite risk, and improving the human-animal bond.” Karen Pryor, author of Don’t Shoot the Dog and CEO of Karen Pryor Clicker Training (clickertraining.com).
“I love your game! It’s the best…my dad, my mom, my sister and I played. We all loved playing your game. It taught me a lot about dogs and how to act around them.” Rachel – Age 10.