Watch DOG Information

Information about this exciting program provided by National WatchDOGS office.  

 General Fact Sheet

       WatchD.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students) is a safe schools initiative of the National Center for Fathering that involves fathers and father figures to (1) serve as an unobtrusive security presence and (2) act as positive male role-models for children at school.


Founded in 1998, WatchDOGS is a unique program that involves fathers in the lives of children and schools. WatchDOGS has been initiated in 400 schools in 31 states.


             Fathers (grandfathers, uncles, and other male adults) who volunteer at their childs school for one (or more) days each year to assist in a variety of school activities, as assigned by the principal or school liaison. Activities include:


·        Monitoring the school entrance

·        Unloading and loading buses

·        Reading to classes

·        Doing flash cards

·        Playing at recess

·        Eating lunch with students

·        Any additional activities assigned 


Fathers, father figures, and students are invited to attend a pizza night at their school. The pizza night program consists of a 10-minute motivational message (delivered by a WatchDOGS representative or via video,) challenging fathers and father figures to become more involved in their childs education. Following the message fathers and father figures are encouraged to sign up to volunteer at their childs school for a day.


At the beginning of their volunteer day, WatchDOGS are required to meet with the principal or school liaison. WatchDOGS are given a brief review of the program, school policy and procedures, and are assigned their duties for the day.

All WatchDOGS are required to wear a logo nametag and/or logo shirt that identifies them as a WatchDOG. 


An impact survey based on responses from 50 principals and/or school liaisons revealed the following:


·        79 % believe that WatchDOGS made a significant contribution to school safety.

·        89% agree/strongly agree that WatchDOGS is a valuable component of the schools effort to promote a safe and positive learning environment.

·        79% believe that since implementing WatchDOGS, father involvement in the school has increased in areas outside of WatchDOGS including parent teacher conferences, volunteering, and PTA/PTO.

·        52% agree/strongly agree that WatchDOGS contributed to a decrease in students behavioral problems.

·        50 % believe that WatchDOGS contributed to an increase in student achievement.


WatchDOGS has been recognized by:


·        The U.S. Department of Educations P.F.I.E. (Partnership for Family Involvement in Education.)

·        The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

·        Participating dads, teachers, school principals, and state education officials.