First aid courses for dog owners have been set up in Grantham, demonstrating how vital life-saving skills such as CPR can be used on canines as well as humans.
DOGSAFEUK have started running the courses in town with the support of Grantham company Gryphon Event Safety and Security.
By practicing on CasPeR the CPR mannequin, attendees learn how to give CPR to different sizes of dog. You will also find out what to do if your furry friend is choking, needs a bandage on their paw, or is suffering from an eye injury or penetrating object.
How you should react to drowning, seizures and bloating is also taught during the six hour course, which is endorsed as a level 2 qualification by the Association of First Aiders.
Instructor Debbie Betts said: “The principles of First Aid are the same whether animal or human, but the biggest difference is the casualty communication – how does a dog tell us it’s in pain? Canine body language is subtle and it is our job as dog lovers, owners, trainers, groomers and other canine professionals to be able to understand Britain’s best loved pet and how best to help them whether injured or ill.
“The course is not to replace going to your vet, but to give you the underlying knowledge, skills and most importantly the confidence to deal with most dog first aid situations.”
Class sizes are no more than eight, and Debbie is available to come to different venues provided there are at least six people.
Each student has a workstation with a stuffed dog resource, basket full of first aid equipment and a workbook/manual to take home for referral.
Managing director of Gryphon Event Safety and Security, Kate Adie, got involved after being impressed herself by the course, and says she cannot recommend it highly enough to fellow Grantham dog owners.
“I’ve had dogs all my life and with my job in the security industry I have taught countless first aid courses, but I couldn’t believe the level of stuff you learn in this course,” she said. “It is simple, basic stuff you can do to help your dog, but unless you’re told it, you don’t realise.
“People are particularly fascinated by the fact that you can do CPR on a dog, and it is very believable as the CasPer dogs have a simulated pulse. In fact all of the resources provided are brilliant.”
For more details and to book a place on an upcoming course, visit www.dogsafeuk.co.uk, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01603 279786.
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