Why Should you attend a Canine First Aid Workshop?

Guest Blog by Rachel Bean



  • Have you ever thought about what you would do if your dog had an accident in the home or out on a walk, a cut paw or accidently poisoned?
  • What would you do before you arrived at the Vets?
  • If you want to be better prepared then why not attend a Canine First Aid Workshop!
  • What is Canine First Aid Training?




It is becoming increasingly popular to gain First Aid knowledge and it will give a dog owner or dog carer the skills to save a life, relieve pain and suffering and prevent any deterioration of the dogs condition. Anyone can carry out First Aid to an animal as long as it within the boundaries and limitations of The Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966 and is limited to the above aims only. It is illegal to treat someone else’s dog for a medical condition for example if you are not a Veterinary Surgeon.

Canine First Aid training will cover subjects from bleeding, shock, road traffic accidents, hyperthermia, stings, seizures, CPR and bandaging.

How to choose a Canine First Aid Trainer

There a many learning opportunities to choose from and it may be difficult to choose the correct learning platform. The following bullet point is a good guide to choosing a course that is going to be of most use and teach you fully.

  • Always choose a tutor that actually works in Veterinary Practice and/or is a Registered Veterinary Professional with The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.  
  • This is because they have real- life and frontline experience of emergency situations and can draw on this to educate you to the best level. Be careful of Human First Aid led Courses, they may not have the experience of such emergencies to tutor to the required level or answer obscure questions.
  • Choose a course that has small group numbers. This maximises interaction and learning. Large groups with PowerPoint for example can reduce that personal feel and reduces discussion based learning. 
  • Choose a course that uses real dogs for the practical bandaging as this gives you experience of a dog moving and you learn the anatomical points on the dog to aid successful bandaging. You will also get to experience what a real pulse feels like.
  • Be wary of Courses that advertise that you will be a qualified First Aider after the course, this is usually a self certification and not with a governing body. Human First Aid companies often advertise that it is a recognised course but generally is recognised by a human first aid governing body not a Pet related or Veterinary one.



First Aid Kits

Choose a First Aid Kit that is fit for purpose. I have designed a Kit with the following contents:

1 Non adherent dressing pads 5cm x 5cm 2 Non adherent dressing pads 10cm x 10cm                                                                      

1 Foil blanket adult size

1 Tick Remover in Blister Pack - inc 2 wipes

1 Conforming bandage 5cm x 4m 1 Conforming bandage 7.5cm x 4m

1 Conforming bandage 10cm x 4m 1 Latex free cohesive bandage 5cm x 4m white

2 Latex free cohesive bandage 7.5cm x 4m white

1 Latex free cohesive bandage 10cm x 4m white 5 Moist saline cleansing wipes sterile

1 Vinyl powder-free medium single pair of gloves.

3 Eye wash pods 20ml

1 Cotton gauze swabs BP 7.5cm x 7.5cm pk of 5 sterile

1 Scissors curved stainless steel

1 Instant ice packs Forceps plastic non sterile 4.5"

1 Digital Thermometer

1 Microporous tape 2.5cm x 5m unboxed

1 Zinc oxide plaster tape 2.5cm x 5m white

1 Torniquet

1 Hand Crank Torch


We have our next canine first aid course with Rachel Bean on November 29th 2015 in Sunderland. Price is only £35 per person. More details of Canine First Aid Course here

 If you would like to book a place contact Dom on dom@packleaderdogadventures.co.uk or call me on 07794053084


Rachel Bean is a Qualified Veterinary Nurse and has worked in Veterinary Practice for 17 years. With the support of the Practice Veterinarians in the Greater Manchester and Lancashire area Rachel has for many years consulted with owners who encounter problem behaviour with their pets.

Rachel works with clients in their home on a One to One basis and helps them achieve a better understanding of their dog’s behaviour. Rachel won Pet Health Counsellor of the Year in 2004 and has a certificate in Companion Animal Behaviour issued by The British Veterinary Nurse Association.

Rachel is a listed and Registered Veterinary Nurse with The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. Rachel is also the consultant behaviourist at the Northwest newest and largest Canine Hydrotherapy Centre, K9 Swim. www.rachelbean.co.uk

Rachel Bean RVN
Rachel Bean RVN


1 Comment


December 01, 2014

I thoroughly enjoy reading Dom’s blogs, and the other contributors, especially the training tips and videos. The slick layout and flowing house theme that Dom has from his main website, through the Pack Leader Store and Facebook page makes a lovely branding, and also very easy reading of the blog.
‘Spice up your dog walk’ and the quote ‘play together, stay together’ are some of the things I have actually taken away and have begun using in my own walks to enhance the dogs interactions with myself, and also the environment. I have also used a few of the games from guest blogger, Linda Ward which my dogs have thoroughly enjoyed. Games on the walks will help to build great relationship with your dogs and also gets them using their brain if you incorporate some basic training too.
The trainer tips from David Davies and other guest bloggers are also an excellent feature, showing and promoting excellent positive reinforcement training and reminding us of the dreaded ‘teenager’ phase that our young puppies will inevitably go through.
All round, if you want a blog that has excellent content and reviews on all things canine – this is your blog!

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