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Check out what the Central Leader had to say about Sam’s Dog Rules!

5 Dec

Mt Roskill Primary Junior School thoroughly enjoyed a visit from Sam as shown in the photos below.  

SAM’S DOG RULES programme is being taught at our local Primary Schools.  Two years ago this was just a dream.    Annie Aubrey has had a passion and years of experience in training and teaching Dog Language.

This programme teaches children to recognise the language that dogs relate to. Dogs have a canine understanding, not a human understanding of the ways things should be.  Children will come to realise what dogs need from humans.  This will ensure safe interaction and environment for both.

Children are taught when meeting a dog not to TOUCH, TALK or LOOK the dog in the eye.    NO TOUCH! NO TALK! NO LOOK! – stand tall and put your Hero suit on and be the Pack Leader.

Dogs are animals and they only feel safe when they have a Pack Leader.  Even a little child can be the Pack Leader when they meet a dog.  If they feel safe the dog will be safe.  Teaching this classroom by classroom is very powerful.

With ACC figures (NZ Herald Jan 2012) of 11,708 reported dog attaches on New Zealanders last year, equalling 30+ a day, with 10+ being children, Annie decided it was time to act.   Annie enlisted the administrative skills of Marj Mulholland and together they have launched this incredibly successful programme.

Some of the schools benefiting from this programme are, every class at Wesley Primary, Waikowhai Primary, Three Kings School, Royal Oak School.  Junior school at Mt Roskill Primary, Mt Roskill Early Childhood Centre, several holiday progammes at Wesley Community Centre and many more.  Bookings being made for 2013.

The Education Handout they give to each child is self explanatory and well presented, with cartoons being drawn by local cartoonist, Malcolm Evans.

While teaching the “Sam’s Dog Rules” teaching, it has become apparent that even in the area of general classroom and playground behaviour, bullying and insecurity can be handled with the same “Pack Leader E6tnergy” skill.   Children realise that they can stand up for themselves and be brave, feel good about themselves and tell the bully to “stop it, I don’t like it” and see incredibly positive results.

This programme urgently needs a sponsor as it would be criminal to see it fold for lack of support and finance.


Have you seen us in Good Magazine yet?

13 Sep

Sams Dog Rules has been featured in the September/October issue of Good Magazine. Vanessa Young went along with Annie, Marj and Sam to see first hand how the ‘Sams Dog Rules’ programme works. The ‘Sams Dog Rules’ programme not only teaches children about packleader energy and how to be safe around dogs, but also how to exert a higher level of self-esteem. Here’s an extract from Vanessa’s article:

“Initially motivated by  a desire to try and reduce the number of dog bites in New Zealand, Annie soon discovered she was not only teaching dog safety skills, but ways to feel powerful, and how children could use this inner strength elsewhere in their lives.”

So far Annie and Marj have taken the Sams Dog Rules message to thousands of children at schools and preschools around the country, and will be continuing to reach as many children as possible with the Sams Dog Rules message.

If you haven’t already seen it, go and take a look at the full article in the September/October issue of Good Magazine on pages 108 – 109.

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