How would 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 our program.
What are 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, etc.
What are 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 Brush, etc.
TOTAL $4,087 first year
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
What are 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.
(Resource: Internet Google search “anti-bullying organizations in st. louis mo”)
Am I a bully?
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:
1. Do I feel better when I hurt other kids or take their stuff?
2. Do I use my strength or size to get my way?
3. Do I like to leave others out to make them feel bad?
4. Have I ever spread a rumor that I know was not true?
5. Do I like teasing others?
6. Is it funny to me when I see other kids getting made fun of?
7. Have 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.