Dog Safety Program™
The World's Best Approach to Preventing Dog-Related Injuries
Bark Busters Dog Safety Program™ Helping Employers Keep Their People Safe
The most effective system for preventing dog bites, Bark Busters Dog Safety Program™ combines on-site, in-person employee training with ongoing Web-based support. Developed specifically for service and delivery organizations by Bark Busters, one of the the world's largest dog training companies, this unique employee training program is helping employers keep their people safe and reduce the costs associated with dog-related injuries.
Preventing Dog Attacks and Dog-Related Injuries
Bark Busters Dog Safety Program™ begins with a two-hour face-to-face session with Bark Busters dog behavioral experts. Offering an effective mix of theory on canine communication and the canine psyche as well as practical safety techniques. The training helps employees who encounter dogs as part of their daily work routines to:
- Understand how to safely enter an area where dogs are present
- Recognize the signs of aggression in dogs
- Recognize and apply canine communication techniques
- Learn techniques to avoid dog attacks
- Deal appropriately with dog owners
- Mitigate or prevent injury in the event of a dog attack
The program accomplishes these goals through direct instruction, interactive role-play, videos of real cases and interactive demonstrations. Participants also receive workbooks and a course certificate after successful completion.
Keeping Your Employees Safe Makes Good Business Sense
Dog bites are a serious problem.
Approximately 4.7 million Americans are bitten by dogs each year, and 750,000 of these incidents require medical attention. 16,476 of these injuries occur on the job.
According to public records, the United States Postal Service letter carriers experienced more than 3,300 dog-bite injuries annually (based on data from 2001–2006).
Of dog-related injuries reported in 2006, 95% were not bites but other injuries, such as sprains and strains, caused by actions to avoid dog aggression.
Dog attacks are expensive.
According to the Insurance Information Institute, dog bites cost the property/casualty insurance industry $317.2 million in 2005. The average cost of a dog-related injury was $21,200 in 2007—up 27% from 2005. Indirect costs of these injuries may be upto 20 times the direct costs. In 2005, 65% of dog-related injuries resulted in 1 to 5 days away from work and 35% required more than 5 days away from work.
By law, you must ensure your employees’ safety.
OHSA Act of 1970, sec.5.Duties, states that “each employer shall furnish to each of his employees employment and a place of employment which are free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm to his employees.” Such hazards include dog attacks.
Bark Busters Dog Safety Program™ delivers a tremendous ROI by reducing the medical, insurance, legal and training costs associated with dog-related injuries.
Incorporating Sound Principles and Simple Strategies
Based on the same sound principles that have made Bark Busters one of the world's largest dog training companies, the Bark Busters Dog Safety Program™ teaches simple, effective strategies for avoiding dog attacks.
Bark Busters’ natural dog training techniques leverages the same communications methods, body language and voice control, that dogs follow as part of their instinctual mentality
Without the use of complicated or aversive techniques and equipment, our employee safety program teaches sustainable ways to discourage dogs from developing fearful or aggressive responses to household visitors
Bark Busters Dog Safety Program™ differs from other methods that rely solely on video, printed materials, and ineffective, even dangerous, equipment. The Bark Busters program is highly interactive and engaging and offers ongoing support to keep learning current. Experienced, Bark Busters accredited consultants deliver real-world experience and credibility to each employee safety training course.
Both employers and employees derive significant long-term benefits.
Designed to foster a "culture of change" through ongoing education programs and incident review, the program relates to industry employees at the grassroots level through its direct collaborative development with the service industry. Bark Busters' unmatched footprint enables a consistent national approach for larger corporations, while fostering an effective local support network. All Dog Safety Program instructors are Bark Busters Certified Trainers and are fully insured. In addition, because the program does not require dogs, on-site risk is dramatically reduced.
Delivering Proven Results
Based on over 24 years of practical field observations and experience, Bark Busters Dog Safety Program™ has delivered proven results in employee safety for service and delivery companies and government agencies.
Country Energy saves more than $1.4 million
Country Energy initially undertook the Bark Busters Dog Safety Program as a trial program in one of its regions. After implementing the program, this region experienced only one reported dog attack in the subsequent three-year trial program, compared to 68 attacks during the same time in Country Energy’s other region.
At the basic average cost of $21,200 cited by the Insurance Information Institute, this translates to a savings of over $1.4 million.
Bark Busters Dog Safety Program receives rave reviews
This training really works. I usually jog in the evening. Last night I was jogging in a park when two large dogs came running at me with the owner shouting at them to stop. I used the techniques I learned through the Bark Busters Dog Safety program and the dogs stopped, immediately turned around and ran back Integral Energy NSW staff member
Our biggest Occupation Health & Safety problem used to be dog bites, but now it is wasp bites.Integral Energy, a client of the program for over 10 years
Bark Busters Dog Safety Program is an integral part of training for our Franchise Owners. It’s crucial that our people understand the basics of dog behavior and the canine psyche as well as tactics to diffuse situations when they encounter an aggressive dog. Simply put, the curriculum in this program keeps our people safe.Richard Ellmers, President, The Pooch Mobile USA
This course has given me the confidence and tools to use, where before I was unsure how I would react.Mosman Council employee, John O'Donnell, whose job is to capture dogs
This was a great presentation with relevent information that we can use on a daily basis when we have to enter homes as probation officers.US Probation - staff member
Excellent information and education that I can use both professionally and personally whenever I encounter dogs.US Probation - staff member
This course was very helpful as we encounter dogs with almost every house we enterUS Probation - staff member
Very relevant. We encounter dogs every day when we read meters. It is good to know the signs of a dog that wants to attack. Gave a lot of good pointers.Con Edison Power Company of New York - staff member
Learned a lot & some info not usually taught. 15 on a scale of 1 to 10!Con Edison Power Company of New York - staff member
From 1 to 10, 10 being the most, the level of satisfaction was a 10!Con Edison Power Company of New York - staff member