As a dog lover, dog owner or dog professional, learn basic life saving and first aid techniques, such as CPR, choking and poisoning on our CPD accredited 3 hour dog first aid course. Our dog first aid courses are run by qualified pet first aid instructors who are also registered nurses and specialist canine first aid trainers. All instructors have lived with canine friends.
Face to face socially distanced courses
Participants are invited to join First Aid for Dogs and learn canine first aid in Brighton & Hove, Angmering (perfect for Littlehampton, Worthing and Horsham), Crawley, London Victoria, Guildford and Woking. Our locations make the courses accessible for anyone living or working in Sussex, Surrey and London.
NEW Virtual Zoom course
We also now offer a full online virtual live course with our instructor over Zoom. This is a great way to learn canine first aid when you are unable or would prefer not to travel to a venue or join a face to face course. Learn at home with your furry friend. NEW Zoom dates in August and September 2020.
As well as expert tuition, you’ll also receive a canine emergency first aid booklet and a certificate of attendance, as well as follow up support if needed. Our course has been Continuing Professional Development (CPD) accredited by The CPD Standards Office. All of our certificates are CPD accredited.
Under 16's are welcome to book a place on this course but must be accompanied by an adult. We recommend this course is suitable for young people age 14 and over. For younger children we do offer our Kids to the Rescue course.
Our teachers don't tell ‘horror stories’ but draw upon everyday examples whilst covering and managing a wide range of topics.
What we cover
- The vet and your role in first aid
- Keeping your pet safe in an emergency
- Car accidents
- Dog proofing your home
- How dogs show pain
- Checking your dogs health
Dog accidents and first aid
- Breathing and respiratory problems including choking
- Dog CPR and drowning
- Broken bones, spinal injury and moving an injured dog
- Controlling bleeding
- Dressings and bandages including the ear and tail
- Paw problems
- Ears, eyes and mouth
- Poisoning, bites and stings
- Burns and temperature related problems
- Seizures and epilepsy
- Dealing with the older dog, puppies and young animals
- Pet first aid kits
Face to face at one of our venues: £46pp
Virtual over Zoom: £36pp
Host your own from: £30pp (minimum numbers apply).
Do you have a group of pet lovers or pet professionals that want to learn first aid for their pets?
We offer at-home courses for groups of friends and colleagues who wish to learn in a familiar environment. Our at-home courses are a cost-effective way for a group of anywhere between 6 and 30 participants to learn First Aid for Dog skills.Take a look at our Host your own course page for more details.
Frequently asked questions:
Can I bring my dog?
As much as we love dogs unfortunately we cannot have any on our open courses. We have lots of mannequin dogs who are more than happy to be bandaged over and over again and practiced on. For the virtual Zoom course your dog can join you from your sofa!
Do I get a certificate?
Yes you get a CPD certified certificate of attendance for First Aid for Dogs. This is valid for 3 years. On face to face courses this is handed to you on the day. On virtual courses this will be emailed to you.
Do you give any handouts?
Yes you will receive a First Aid for Dogs course manual covering everything we cover on the course and more. For virtual courses this will be posted to your home or work address (UK only).
Does this only cover dogs?
No this course covers cats and other small pets.
I have a group of people and would like a course in my home or venue.
We would love to come and teach your group. More information about hosting your own course is available on the website here, or get in touch to find out more.
How big are the groups?
We try and keep our open courses to a maximum of 12-14 people. Many of our courses at present are smaller due to keeping 2m social distancing measures in please. You can also host your own course with social distancing in place. In House or At Home courses
Do I have to own a dog to come to the course?
No not at all. We have many people attend as they just love dogs!
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I really enjoyed this course, the instructor was very friendly and I found it very informative. I'm a dog walker and feel that after being on this course I would feel more than confident if anything happened to one of the dogs. Well presented and good value for money, I would definitely recommend this course for all dog lovers.
Kate, Dog Walker
A really good course! I learnt so much and feel I could help save the life of my own dogs, and those who I look after, in the event of an emergency, although I hope I don't find myself in that position! For anyone who looks after a dog as a pet or in a professional capacity I highly recommend First Aid for Dogs! I feel much more comfortable knowing that I could do something to help them in different situations rather than not knowing what to do and feeling useless! Brilliant course! Thank you.
Amanda, Dog Walker
As a pet owner I found this course to be very informative & would highly recommend it to all dog owners. The instructor made it easy to understand.
Ali, Pet Owner
Very pleased to have completed the canine first aid course with Julie and colleagues. It was a very informative morning, clearly delivered with lots of opportunity to practise and ask questions.
Chris, Dog Trainer
Very informative and good fun. A nice mix of theory and practical skills.
Ben, Dog Walker
Excellent course and a great instructor! I would definitely recommend it.
Ellie, Dog Walker