We don’t know about you, but we have noticed that almost everyone has a furry friend by their side at the moment. Puppy sales appear to have surged throughout lockdown and, now, so many more households share their home with a dog. Big or small, these friendly companions take a lot of looking after, from grooming, exercising, mental stimulation, training to the odd bit of emergency first aid. So, it is no surprise that more and more people want to increase their knowledge of dog first aid and learn how to administer it from home.
Benefits of dog first aid training
Whether you work with dogs or you are a dog parent, having a basic understanding of first aid can be beneficial and stop you from panicking should an emergency arise. It will help you to stay calm, draw upon knowledge and skills and carry out a basic level of assistance before taking your dog to the vet to get checked out (if necessary).
Dog first aid training courses are not intended to replace veterinary advice. It is always important to consult your vet if your pet seems ill or is involved in an accident. These courses are here to provide you with the knowledge and understanding of what to do and equip you with the skills to provide the initial basic care that your dog needs, which may be life-saving.
If you work with dogs and your job requires you to have a first-aid certificate, then a more in-depth course may be necessary, so it’s important you look for the course that’s right for you.
What do you learn on a dog first aid training course?
Most dog first aid training courses will take you through the initial stages of spotting behavioural changes in your animal. Whether you care for dogs or you own one, you must know their ‘normal behaviour’ to spot anything abnormal. Some courses will also help you manage day-to-day stresses and anxieties that your dogs face, such as car journeys or being left alone.
Depending on the courses you choose to select, you can also be taught how to deal with emergencies by administering CPR and dealing with choking. When looking for dog first aid training courses, think about what you would like to get out of it and the methods you would like to learn before you enrol.