National Occupational Dog Bite Safety Summit 'Train-the-Trainer 2005'

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Dog attacks have escalated as a result of the breeding tactics and the attack-dog mentality of many owners. At the National Summit, corporate Safety Leaders will be given the tools to take steps to make their employees safe without the fear of attack, injury, and impact on their ability to perform their job.

The National Occupational Dog Bite Safety (ODBS) Summit will be held November 9-10 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

All service companies that have personnel who visit homeowners and commercial businesses have the risk of exposing these employees to vicious dogs as they enter the property. Injury from dog bites can be fatal or at least very hazardous to their health and well being.

Service companies, such as utility meter readers, postal and package delivery personnel, telephone and cable TV service people, and law enforcement officers, are being subjected to the high risk of a dog bite attack. Personnel injury and lost time incidents have become a serious safety issue for employers.

Dog bites account for one-third of homeowners insurance claims nationally, according to the Insurance Information Institute, a trade organization. It has been estimated that the industry paid out $310 million in dog bite liability claims in 2001, compared to $250 million in 1996.

The goal of the National Occupational Dog Bite Safety (ODBS) Summit November 9-10 in Las Vegas, Nevada, is to train corporate safety leaders of participating companies to become each company's local expert for establishing and management of on-going occupational dog bite safety programs. They will gain an understanding of pre-attack avoidance techniques, post-bite issues as a result of incident-induced trauma, and create their own ODBS safety plan.

To achieve these goals, a panel of experts will provide training at the National ODBS Summit. The panel includes Mitzi Robinson of Bulli Ray Enterprises, Schutzhund Level III expert and world champion, Dr. Dan Elliot, Impact Safety Programs trainer who helps workers maintain self-confidence during an attack, and Dr. Albert Rizzo, University of Southern California, who is an expert on using virtual reality systems to rehabilitate injured workers.

Bulli Ray live dog training has afforded in-field employees with the tools and training to successfully evaluate and assess risk of attack, defend against single dog and pack attacks, identify breeds that pose a threat, and effectively identify and report dangerous dog attack and potential attack situations. Live dogs will be used at the Summit to allow the participants to experience the impact of a real attack. The dogs being used will be a Belgium Malinois, Rottweiler, Argentine Dogo, and a Japanese Tosa.

Bulli Ray is the nation's leading provider of ODBS Training. Over 180,000 postal employees, and field personnel from over 500 utilities, municipalities and electrical co-ops have trusted Bulli Ray for their ODBS training. For more information on the National Occupational Dog Bite Safety Summit and Bulli Ray, call Utilivations at 614-880-0842 or visit http://www.bulliray.com. Utilivations is the authorized management of Bulli Ray.

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