Why Canine First Aid?

Our passion for dogs drives us to ensure that every pet owner, pet industry worker and pet lover knows how to properly care for their pet in the unfortunate event of an accident or sudden illness.

Our Training Background

Having started training Manual Handling back in 2007, I have trained various subjects including regular First Aid ever since.  I enjoy training and have a passion for teaching community resuscitation, alongside my team of First Responders I train the excellent British Heart Foundation Heartstart course to schools and community groups.

I also train the one day Emergency First Aid at Work, three day full First Aid at Work and specialist courses such as Arborist First Aid, Dental First Aid and Basic Life Support to Doctors practices.

As  an Enhanced First Responder with Northwest Ambulance Service, I respond to emergency Red One and Red Two 999 calls alongside the fantastic crews and controllers of the Ambulance Service, who’s dedication and commitment makes them a pleasure to serve with.

I bring this experience to my training courses, with up to date techniques and practical advice on dealing with injuries and emergency situations.

Having been involved with dogs since before I was able to walk (my parents bred Cocker Spaniels and were Dog Wardens for our local authority for over 30 years) and having bred Spaniels myself for 20 years alongside my wife Emma, I have a strong knowledge of anything Canine and there is very little that I haven’t experienced.

In addition to this, my work overseas with organisations such as the Natal Sharks board, have given me a diverse background and animal resume, with wide ranging experience across many species.

I trained as a Canine First Aid instructor with Protrainings and achieved approved training centre status in May 2017.  Protrainings are the market leaders in this area and their founder, Keith Sleightholm was the first to put a course together that was accredited by the Ofqual regulated TQUK and to my knowledge remains the only company approved to train Canine First Aid to this level.

As such I am able to bring a wealth of practical, hands on knowledge and experience to my courses, alongside a commitment to ongoing learning and regular skills updates.

What Will I learn?

Our comprehensive courses will give you the confidence to act in an emergency and could help you make all the difference to an injured animal giving it the best possible chance of recovery.

At approximately four hours long, our course will cover how to care for an unconscious dog as well as commonly occurring injuries and illnesses, including dealing with choking, drowning, bleeding, fitting, poisoning and much more.

How Does It Work?

The course is run in small groups, with hands on experience using our specially designed dog cpr manikins and practical training aids.

We make our courses more interesting than your typical first aid course by using our huge supply of interactive training aids and devices, from our bespoke canine cpr dummies to our choking trainer and airway models, we will help you learn and master the techniques that could save your pets life.

During this course we will cover:

  • Who can carry out First Aid
  • The Vet and your role in First Aid
  • Keeping your Pet Safe in an Emergency
  • How to check your Pets Health
  • Breathing and Respiratory Problems including Choking
  • Dog proofing your Home
  • How dogs show Pain
  • Restraint of a dog using a Muzzle
  • Dealing with Car Accidents
  • Dealing with Drowning
  • Dealing with Shock
  • Dog CPR
  • Broken Bones
  • Controlling Bleeding
  • Dealing with Tail Injuries
  • Dealing with Paw Problems
  • Poisoning, Bites and Stings
  • Dealing with Burns
  • Seizures
  • And much more!

For the Professionals

In addition to this, our bespoke Professional Dog Walker, Boarding Kennels, Day Care and Dog Warden courses combine all this with a free human first aid course add on module, covering injuries that commonly occur in the salon or whilst out walking, ask us for details.

Call us for more information or use the form below, we can tailor courses to your needs and are approved by NASDU to cover the criteria for professional security dog users including Customs, Police, Prison Officers and Search & Rescue Teams.  Our courses are fully accredited and can be used for CPD credit.

Our Partnerships

We donate a percentage of all of our course fees to our friends at SmokeyPaws, who provide pet resuscitation equipment to Fire and Rescue Services.  Read more Here!

Its a fantastic idea and there are numerous cases where this has been successfully used with a positive outcome, we are really proud to be associated with them.

All of our courses are listed on this website and can be booked either online or over the phone.  We run at least one course a month and will consider additional courses as required.