NEW YORK, May 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Camp Bow Wow, the nation's largest pet care franchise and an Inc. 5000 company, will enhance the dialogue on dog bite prevention during the month of May via corporate engagement and educational activities across the country.
"Camp Bow Wow's mission is to inform families about dog bite prevention and proper handling in a fun, interesting and creative manner, as there are more than 4.7 million dog bites each year," says Heidi Ganahl, CEO and Founder of Camp Bow Wow. "Dogs are part of our everyday lives, so it is critical that we educate as many people as possible how to prevent dog bites."
In support of dog bite prevention, Camp Bow Wow will be executing the following national programs throughout the month:
- Webinar with Dog Behavior Specialists Laura Roach and Nick Fisher
- Date: Tuesday, May 20th at 5pm MST
- Topics: Importance of education to prevent dog bites; dog bite statistics; proper interaction between children and dogs; signs for avoiding dog bites, Q&A
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- "Scout Says, 'Dogs Get Nervous, Too'" Readings
- Date(s): Dog Bite Prevention Week, May 18th – 24th
- Participating franchisees will travel to local schools, libraries and community venues to conduct book readings of "Scout Says, 'Dogs Get Nervous, Too.'" This fun, yet educational tool, published by Camp Bow Wow, serves to teach children about how to properly interact with dogs to prevent dog bites. After each book reading, the children and their families will receive takeaways, including a copy of the book, a magnetic photo frame and bookmark. This program is offered free to children.
Camp Bow Wow's dog behavior specialist, Laura Roach, CPDT-KA, offers the following key warning signs that are indicative of a dog experiencing stress, which can lead to biting:
- Lip Licking, Yawning, Wide Eyes and Spiked Fur – All are indicators of a stressed dog.
- Growling and Snapping – Never try to get a dog to stop growling; we WANT it to growl, as it lets us know that he/she is uncomfortable. If a dog gets in trouble for growling, it will stop and can immediately go to biting.
- A Stiff Wagging Tail – A dog that is experiencing stress (and may bite) will wag its tail in a stiff manner. Look out for a tail that is pointed high and moves even more quickly back and forth.
- Averting Their Gaze – Avoidance behavior indicates that the dog is not comfortable with the particular situation.
- Cowering or Tail Tucking – This behavior indicates that a dog is fearful. It doesn't mean the dog will bite, but could if the dog's fear continues to increase.
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About Camp Bow Wow®
In just 12 years, Camp Bow Wow, the premier pet care franchise, has grown to include over 160 locations across North America, becoming a $75 million business. The company was recently ranked 214 out of 500 in Entrepreneur's Franchise 500 list in 2013 and for the fifth year in a row named to the INC magazine 5000 list of America's fastest growing private companies. The Camp concept provides the highest levels of fun, safety and service for its campers, and peace of mind for their parents. Dogs romp together in an open-play environment and pricing is all-inclusive. Since the Broomfield, Colorado-based Company started franchising in 2003, Camp Bow Wow has sold more than 200 franchises in 40 states, plus one in Canada, over 41% being women-owned. As Camp Bow Wow grows, our simple philosophy remains the same: It's all about the pets.
The Camp Bow Wow brand family also includes:
- Home Buddies by Camp Bow Wow – premier in home pet care
- Behavior Buddies – premier dog training
- The Bow Wow Buddies Foundation – a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives and health of dogs everywhere, through foster programs, spay and neuter efforts, disaster assistance, canine cancer research, animal welfare education, therapy dog teams and shelter improvements.
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