FLL Team #1625 Cool Orange LEGO Athletes Animal Alliance 2016
“PAW”SE. STOP BULLYING
SERVICE DOG TO STOP BULLYING PROJECT
Problem: Bullying is taking place at places where kids
are, such as, at school, on the bus, and on the playground
We want to stop bullying by training a service dog to identify bullying and
bark to alert a monitor. The monitor
would then handle the bullying.
Why are we
doing this project?
Kids are being bullied and that causes kids to have problems. Video cameras may capture the bullying on a
school bus, but doesn’t stop it. On a playground, the adults may not see
bullying taking place.
else have the same program?
We looked online in the St. Louis area and did not
see a program like ours. We did find a
program located in Kansas City called “No more bullies”. This program brings dogs into the classroom
to teach kids about fairness, compassion, and integrity for one hour a day over
Another story is Evan who is seeking funds for an
emotional dog on GoFundMe. Emotional
support dogs are dogs that provide comfort and support in forms of affection
and companionship for an individual suffering from various mental and emotional
conditions. An emotional support dog is not required to perform any specific tasks
for a disability like service dogs are.
the program work?
A monitor will be trained to handle a service dog
that is trained to identify bullying by recognizing the emotions of bullying,
walking to where the bullying is taking place, and barking. The monitor would then handle the bullying by
following procedures, such as taking names and referring the incident to the
principal. This should not only stop the
bullying in progress, but once the children know the dog can identify bullying,
it will keep them from bullying in the first place.
of kids are bullied?
Targets May Be Good at What They Do
A lot of times kids will be bullied because they
get a lot of positive attention for something. This could be everything from
excelling in sports, making the cheerleading squad, or getting the editor’s
position on the school newspaper. Bullies target these students because they
either feel inferior or they worry that their abilities are being overshadowed
by the target’s abilities.
Targets May Be Intelligent, Determined and Creative
At school, these students go that extra mile on
schoolwork. Or they learn very quickly and move through projects and assignments
faster than other students. For instance, gifted students are often targeted
for being smart.
Targets May Have Personal Vulnerabilities
Children who are introverted, anxious, or
submissive are more likely to be bullied than kids who are extroverted and
assertive. In fact, some researchers
believe that kids who lack self-esteem may attract kids who are prone to bully.
Finally, research shows that kids suffering from depression or stress-related
conditions also may be more likely to be bullied.
Targets May Have Few or No Friends
Many victims of bullying tend to have fewer friends
than children who do not experience bullying. What’s more, they may be rejected
by their peers and usually spend lunch and recess alone. Parents and teachers
can prevent bullying of socially-isolated students by helping them develop
Targets May Be Popular or Well-Liked
Sometimes bullies target popular or well-liked
children because of the threat they pose to the bully. Mean girls are
especially likely to target a girl who threatens her status at school or her
Targets Have Physical Features That Attract
Whether a target is short or tall, fat or thin
bullies may target them. Almost any type of physical characteristic that is
different or unique can attract the attention of bullies including wearing
glasses, having acne, having a large nose, or having ears that stick out.
Targets Have an Illness or Disability
Oftentimes, bullies target special needs children.
This can include children who have Asperger’s, autism, ADHD, dyslexia, or any
condition that sets them apart. What’s more, kids with conditions like food
allergies, asthma, Down syndrome, and other conditions also can be targeted by
Targets Have a Different Sexual Orientation
More often than not, kids are bullied for being
gay. In fact, some of the most brutal bullying incidents have involved children
who are bullied for their sexual orientation.
Targets Have Different Religious or Cultural
One example of bullying because of religious or
cultural beliefs includes the treatment Muslim students received after the 9/11
tragedy. But any student can be bullied for their religious beliefs. Both
Christian students and Jewish students are often ridiculed for their beliefs
and practices as well.
Targets Belong to a Different Racial Group
Sometimes kids will bully others because they are
of a different race. For instance, Caucasian students may single out
African-American students and bully them. Or African-American students may
single out Caucasian students and bully them. It happens with all races and in
all directions. No race is exempt from being bullied, and no race is exempt
from having bullies.
happens to kids who are bullied?
Kids who are bullied can experience negative
physical, school, and mental health issues. Kids who are bullied are more
likely to experience:
1. Depression and anxiety, increased feelings of
sadness and loneliness, changes in sleep and eating patterns, and loss of
interest in activities they used to enjoy.
2. Health complaints
3. Decreased academic achievement—GPA and
standardized test scores—and school participation. They are more likely to
miss, skip, or drop out of school.
A very small number of bullied children might
retaliate through extremely violent measures. In 12 of 15 school shooting cases
in the 1990s, the shooters had a history of being bullied.
some statistics of bullying?
1. 22% of kids get bullied each year
2. 64% of kids don’t report it
high schoolers report being cyber-bullied
of bullying is from race
of bullying is from looks
of bullying is body shape or size.
Who will we
benefit from our program?
Kids who are bullied; the school, and the bus
need to be involved in the program?
Parents, teachers, monitors, our team, kids, school
district, dogs, dog trainer, bus drivers, Principal
What is a
A service dog is a type of assistance dog
specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual
impairment, hearing impairments, mental illnesses (such as posttraumatic stress
disorder (PTSD)), seizure disorder, mobility impairment, and diabetes.
Why do we
need a monitor to be with the service dog?
The dog would not be intervening in the bullying,
just alerting. The monitor would take
care of the service dog and take the next steps in handling the bullying.
do the training for the monitor?
The monitor would need to be trained on bullying
and the procedures for handling bullying.
The monitor would also need to be trained on how to handle the service
dog at obedience school.
train the dog?
The dog would first
need to be trained at obedience school on the basic commands. Then a special trainer would need to be used
to train the dog to identify bullying by recognizing human emotions.
of dog would be best used for this task? Labrador
Expert, St. Charles Officer Allen – Canine Unit)
Why is this
the best dog breed to use?
A Labrador is loyal, intelligent, a fast learner, caring, and a problem
solver. They excel at obedience and
search and rescue.
of training would the dog need? Basic Obedience training, which includes Sit,
Come, Stay, Down, Heel and how to walk on a leash. The dog would need to be able to identify
human emotions and body language and clips would be shown to the dog so the dog
could recognize bullying and then go to where it is happening and bark to alert
or tasks can a service dog do that relate to bullying?
Anxiety – can lead monitor to situation
Change in breathing – can lead monitor to situation
Emotional escalation – can lead monitor to
Fear – can lead monitor to situation
Fight – can lead monitor to situation
Increase in heart rate – can lead monitor to
Irritability – can lead monitor to situation
Pounding heart – can lead monitor to situation
Sadness or tearfulness – can lead monitor to
Startle response – can lead monitor to situation
Trembling – can lead monitor to situation
benefits will the dog have by being a service dog that identifies bullying?
The dog would be trained and be cared for and have
all of its’ shots and things that it needs for a good life. Grooming would be important since the dog
would be around children.
some of the benefits the monitor will have by having a service dog to stop
They would have a companion to help with their
job. They would be trusted and have
respect from the bus driver and children.
They would also have a connection with the community and school.
What may be
some problems the dog would have by being a dog that identifies bullying?
Physical abuse; he might be wrong when identifying
a dog be removed from service dog training?
Service dog candidates should be removed from
service dog training if they:
• have a medical condition that prevents them from
• show aggressive tendencies
• are nervous, uncomfortable, or unhappy working
some of the problems the monitor will have by having a service dog to help stop
Having to invest a lot of time into training, the
dog may not listen, the students may be mean to the dog
some of the problems we would have with the entire program?
We would have to have a licensed professional to
train the dog and monitor; the program will take years to develop; parents may
not like the ideas of dogs being around their children; children may be
allergic to dog; there is a high cost to run the program
we fix those problems?
We would have a program to train the school and
parents on the program
The team decided that we may be able to use a
Labradoodle for the service dog instead of a Labrador due to that dog having
less dander and therefore not being as allergic. Labradoodles have great temperaments for
being a service dog.
We could raise money by getting donations to start
things a dog should do or not do in public?
There are minimum training requirements for service
dogs listed by International Association of
Assistance Dog Partners (IAADP) Dogs should not
bark at other dogs, get excited or fearful, be potty-trained, go after food,
the program costs?
$4,087 for the dog itself; $1000.00 for the monitor training
First Year Costs
Vet Visits $220
Flea Meds $120 Required for our guide
and service dog pups
Heartworm $120 Required for our guide
and service dog pups
Dog Toys $50
Dog Chews $100
Food $600 .
Other Accessories $200 Crate, Natures Miracle, Bitter Apple
Spray, Dog Bed, Dog Blanket, Bowl, Collar, Leash, Tags, Shampoo, Brush, Tooth
The total cost of temperament testing, veterinary
care, food, training and other expenses associated with assistance dog training
and placement is currently just in excess of $18,000.
When would the
anti-bullying service dog program start?
In the year 2019.
It takes 1 – 2 years for the service dog training.
Who have we
shared our project with?
We talked with Officer Allen at the Police Dog
Demonstration and he thought our project was a great idea! We shared our presentation with a Jr. LEGO
League team and the parents. We also
have a website that you can go to at http://www.colacontractingsafety.com/Cool-Orange-LEGO-Athletes-2016.html
our next steps?
The next steps would be to find a trainer, a dog,
and a school who would try our idea. We
would contact Anti-bullying organizations in St. Louis, such as, CHADS
Coalition, No More Bullying, and the Megan Meier Foundation to help us raise
money for our program.
Internet Google search “anti-bullying organizations in st. louis mo”)
Am I a
How can you tell if you ever bully? You are a bully
if you do things you know will hurt people or make them feel bad. Ask yourself these questions:
I feel better when I hurt other kids or take their stuff?
I use my strength or size to get my way?
I like to leave others out to make them feel bad?
I ever spread a rumor that I know was not true?
I like teasing others?
it funny to me when I see other kids getting made fun of?
I ever kicked, punched, or hit someone?
If you answered “yes” to any one of these
questions, you may be a bully. Is that
how you want to be? Of course not! Everyone makes mistakes. You can change the way you act. The first step it to say “I’m sorry.” Practice being nice to other people. Think before you say or do something. Treat others the way you want to be treated.
Book, Excerpt from “Bully free playground” by Pamela Hall)