Guide To Where To Do A Dog First Aid Course In London

I don’t know about you but doing a dog or canine first aid course has been on my to-do list for quite some time. The thought of Belinha and Moleque starting to choke or needing CPR and me not knowing what to do or being able to act quickly enough scares the hell out of me, especially when I could easily do a dog first aid course in London and learn how to deal with these scary situations. It’s also about knowing about how to deal with things like dogs in hot cars or heat stroke, particularly important at this time of year!

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Many people have asked me about courses so I thought it was time to out together a handy guide of where to do a dog first aid course in London (for humans). Although several of these courses have been recommended to me, I should say that I have not (yet) personally attended any of these courses, so this guide is to save you the time of having to research courses rather than being personal recommendations.

Before we dive in, if you can’t make it to one of these canine first aid courses listed below, many of these companies have an option to come to you and hold a bespoke canine first aid course so that’s something to consider if you can get a group together (typical cost seems to be in the region £30-35 per person for this option based on a group of about 12 people but will obviously be specific to the provider).

Right, let’s see where you can do a dog first aid course in London…

Dog First Aid Courses – South London & Surrey

Canine First Aid Company:
  • Course: A 4 hour course with an extensive course content list covering ‘Aims of canine first aid, Your role as a canine first aider, Hygiene, First Aid kit, Health & Safety, Dog fights, Muzzles, First actions on scene, ABCs, Responses ABC, First responses, Finding a pulse, CPR and rescue breaths, Know your own dog, Recovery Position, Serious Bleeding, Bites, Stick injuries, Choking, Shock, Dogs in hot cars, Heat stroke, Poisons, Burns, Drowning, Stomach Torsion’
  • Location(s): Greenwich
  • Next Course Dates: 4th, 5th May – £55 per person
  • Certificate Provided: Yes, valid for 2 years and with the opportunity to upgrade to accreditation. The formal CPD accredited course is £85 which is useful for dog professionals.
First Aid For Dogs:
  • Course: A 3 hour course covering ‘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, Breathing and respiratory problems including choking, Dog CPR and drowning, Shock, 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, Illnesses, Poisoning, bites and stings, Burns and temperature related problems, Seizures and epilepsy, Dealing with the older dog, puppies and young animals, Pet first aid kit’.
  • Location(s): Victoria, Raynes Park and also Guildford
  • Next Course Dates: 21st April, 13th May, 20th May, 10th June & more – £46 per person
  • Certificate Provided: Yes as well as a canine emergency first aid booklet.

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First Aid For Pets:
  • Course: 3 hour course. Course content details are quite high-level but state that it covers ‘how to care for an unconscious dog as well as commonly occurring injuries and illnesses including choking, bleeding, fitting, poisoning and much more’.
  • Location(s): Balham
  • Next Course Dates: May 19th, June 10th – £65 per person
  • Certificate Provided: Yes
Positive Paws London:
  • Course: 3 hour course run by Sam Buss, a Registered Veterinary Nurse. The course covers ‘Introduction To First Aid, Assessing a patient – A, B, C’s, pulse rates, Cardiopulmonary resuscitation, Handling and Restraint, Haemorrhage, Insect Stings, Poisons, Symptoms, Common toxins, Unconscious and Collapse, Choking, Hypothermia, Hyperthermia, Gastric Dilation/bloat, Drowning, Practical bandaging, Practical CPR session.’
  • Location(s): Ewell
  • Next Course Dates: April 29th, May 20th – £44 per person
  • Certificate Provided: Yes
Duty of Care Pet Services:
  • Course: Delivered by a Pet Paramedic, this 4 hour course includes ’16 chapters of essential topics, delivered via lecture, demonstrations and practical tasks’. Attendees also receive an eWorkbook.
  • Location(s): Epsom, Guildford
  • Next Course Dates: April 21st, May 12th – £50 per person (including refreshments)
  • Certificate Provided: Yes

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Dog First Aid Courses – North London

Suprisingly, there seems to be a lack of dog first aid courses in North London! Derek Chambers from The Finchley Dog Walker let us know that he arranges bespoke groups for 7+ people in the area so please get in touch with Derek: info@finchleydogwalker.co.uk if you have a group looking to do a course locally.

Dog First Aid Courses – East London

Plaistow Dog Community:
  • Course: This group is coming together to host their own course at a date and time that suits them and they’re looking for participants!
  • Location(s): Plaistow
  • Next Course Dates: 9 June – £33 per person, join the Facebook Group for more info.
  • Certificate Provided: Yes as the course is being delivered by First Aid For Dogs (see South London & Surrey section).
Animal Aiders:
  • Course: This is a non-profit 4 hour canine first aid course that’s held at least twice a year in London and in many other places in the UK.
  • Location(s): Chingford
  • Next Course Dates: Not yet confirmed for London but the last one was in March.
  • Certificate Provided: Not specified.

Dog First Aid Courses – West London

Dog First Aid:
  • Course: This 3.5 hour course promises to cover ‘Vitals, Full Body Examination, CPR *Bleeding, Shock, Choking, Road Accidents, Burns & Scalds, Bleeding, Poisoning, Eye Injuries, Heat Stroke and much more’.
  • Location(s): Chiswick
  • Next Course Dates: April 21st – £45 per person
  • Certificate Provided: Yes

Dog First Aid Courses – Outer London

Hainult Hydrotherapy Centre:
  • Course: This 3 hour dog first aid course is hosted by a Veterinary Nurse at the Hainult Hydrotherapy Centre.
  • Location(s): Romford
  • Next Course Dates: April 28th, April 29th – £29.99 per person
  • Certificate Provided: Not specified.
Canine First Aid Company:
  • Course: A 4 hour course with an extensive course content list covering ‘Aims of canine first aid, Your role as a canine first aider, Hygiene, First Aid kit, Health & Safety, Dog fights, Muzzles, First actions on scene, ABCs, Responses ABC, First responses, Finding a pulse, CPR and rescue breaths, Know your own dog, Recovery Position, Serious Bleeding, Bites, Stick injuries, Choking, Shock, Dogs in hot cars, Heat stroke, Poisons, Burns, Drowning, Stomach Torsion’
  • Location(s): Epping
  • Next Course Dates: 2nd June – £55 per person
  • Certificate Provided: Yes, valid for 2 years and with the opportunity to upgrade to accreditation. The formal CPD accredited course is £85 which is useful for dog professionals.

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We hope you found our ‘Guide To Where To Do A Dog First Aid Course In London’ useful!
If you have any recommendations for a dog first aid course in London, please do pop it in the comments below or get in touch and we’ll get them added to this guide.
You may also be interested in reading our Guide to London Dog Meetups. Or seeing What’s On on our London Dog Events Calendar.
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2 Comments

  1. roger gregson
    24th April 2018 / 9:47 pm

    good information to have!
    thanks for sharing that.

    • 25th April 2018 / 9:29 am

      Thanks Roger, glad it was useful

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