Watch D.O.G.S.® provides the tools and the system, you make the rules.
Thank you for your support of the WATCH D.O.G.S.® program on your campus. WATCH D.O.G.S.® is a national initiative founded in 1998 to inspire more positive male role models to show all students by our participation that education is important.
Who are Watch D.O.G.S.® (Dads Of Great Students)?
WATCH D.O.G.S.® is a national initiative founded in 1998 to inspire more positive male role models to show all students by our participation that education is important. The program has been launched on over 8000 campuses through collaboration between school administrators and local communities across 47 States in the U.S. and four countries worldwide, representing millions of volunteer shifts by parents, guardians and community members.
Every campus Program Coordinator and Top DOGS Team acknowledges and adheres to the Important Program Guidelines but the volunteer policy on your campus is yours. We do not interfere in any way, WATCH D.O.G.S.® are present only to serve.
Over the years we have created and refined our toolkit for teams to use to establish and run a successful WATCH D.O.G.S® Program. We want to make sure you have everything you need to run a successful program.
To School Administrators
We realize many of your campuses have had programs in the past or administrators move from one campus with a program to a new campus without. We require that all program campuses be registered with the national WATCH D.O.G.S.® office. Please contact us to get your unique school code, allowing for the purchase of training, uniforms and promotional items in our DOGStore to help promote the program on your campus. Certain items and pricing are not available to the general public, so make sure you have your unique school login.
Get a Start-up Kit to Launch Program Now!
If you need to get a start-up kit to launch your new program, the optional renewal kit to keep your program going, or you need the program coordinator tools to get a program back on track, feel free to call our office, or e-mail: 1-888-540-3647 or email@example.com
If you have yet to take the free online training (required before on-boarding as an official program campus), or you would like your TopDOGS team to review the materials, you can find them here: Our 7 Steps to Success Training
If you need a program materials order form, you can find one here:
Program Order Form
We are here to serve you and support your campus. Our mission is to improve outcomes for every child in America.
Thanks to leaders like you, we have launched or relaunched in over 350 schools just this semester alone.
Please let us know how we can help you and your campus today!
1-888-540-3647 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Official Classic Uniform Short Sleeve Soft Style T-Shirt
We polished up the graphics of our elementary uniform shirt and printed it on a softer style Tee. Softer shirt, updated design, same recognizable, trusted logo.
Launch Event Prize Pack
Incentivize your program participation with this prize pack of popular WATCH D.O.G.S.® items. This pack works great as a raffle prize or as a gift.
WATCH D.O.G.S.® Wall of Fame Banner
Hang this banner in a visible location as a header for the photos taken with the Watch D.O.G.S.® and their students on the day they volunteer.
Watch D.O.G.S.® Schools
WATCH D.O.G.S.® is one of the nation’s largest and most respected school-based, family, and community engagement, organizations in the country. Since the program’s creation in 1998, more than 6,800 schools across the country have launched a WATCH D.O.G.S.® program of their own. Each school year hundreds of thousands of fathers and father figures make a positive impact on millions of children by volunteering millions of hours in their local schools through this amazing one-of-a-kind program.
Currently, there are 5,585 active WATCH D.O.G.S.® schools in 46 states along with schools in the following countries: Canada, Italy, Germany, and Japan
These represent a small percentage of the feedback we have received for this program over the years.
“We had over 110 dads at the very first (WATCH D.O.G.S.) kick-off. And that’s in a school that has 240 kids.”
Principal Amy Hercules
“You know your (WATCH D.O.G.S.) model is so simple that it can be put in place in rural America, inner-city America, any place, any kind of school.”
US Department of Education
“I think that this program has helped dads feel that they are not only welcome at school but that they are needed at school.”
‘Top Dog’ Dad John Ramirez
Encino Park Elementary
San Antonio, TX
“I think there is a great need to get dads back into the educational process. I can’t be everywhere. I have the entire district to cover. I’ve got five buildings to take care of. Having that (WATCH D.O.G.S.) presence, just having some extra eyes and ears… it might deter someone from taking any type of action.”
Police Officer Mark Hall
SRO for Logan-Rogersville
Upper Elementary and Primary Schools
“I think that dads want to get involved and they are looking for an avenue to do it and they need the (WATCH D.O.G.S.) structure and the format… dads need to know what’s going to happen next.”
Principal Jackie Klamenus
Bellows Spring Elementary
Ellicott City, MD
“As we work to drive down drop-out rates and increase graduation and college completion rates, fathers have an important role to play. Children are always watching. Engaged fathers can strengthen our schools, mentor and tutor students and demonstrate through their actions how much they value their children’s education.”
U.S. Secretary of Education White House Press Release, September 23, 2009
“When you get a few dads together and they see the positive impact this program provides, the energy is addicting and suddenly you have more dads than you have days for them to have the opportunity to be a Big Dog!”
PTA Co-President Megan Paul
Discovery Primary/Endeavour Intermediate
“Most of the time when I see a dad it’s because there’s a problem. And we want (WATCH D.O.G.S.) dads to be able to come to school when there’s not a problem, when it’s a positive solution.”
Principal Chris Torgesen
American Falls Intermediate School
American Falls, ID
“It’s the best way for dads to deliver the message: Your education is important enough for me to take the time from work to help.”
‘Top Dog’ Dad Bill Funk
Fern Elementary School
Round Rock, TX
“I have never before seen such a warm response from a child just because they see a man coming down the hall wearing a WATCH D.O.G.S. t-shirt. It is truly amazing to watch the smile on his or her face… Are you looking for a program to increase male involvement in your schools? If so, WATCH D.O.G.S. is the program for you!”
PA State PTA Board of Managers
“The positive male role models that participate in the daily accomplishments of the students will be remembered by the students… Our volunteer hours have increased, but more importantly, the excitement on the faces of our students when they see a DOG come into their classroom or enter the cafeteria is priceless! At CLE the WATCH D.O.G.S. program involves parents, students, and teachers, and is treasured by all! We love WATCH D.O.G.S.!!!!”
Teacher Missi Campbell
Crystal Lake Elementary