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Dog First Aid South Wales - Top Tips for Dog Owners

Around a year ago, we attended a Dog First Aid course. We did this, not only for our own dogs at Dan Jenkins Photography HQ, but to ensure the health and safety of our clients dogs while they’re with us on a dog photoshoot or in our studio. It was so informative! We loved every second of it, and learned so much about dog safety and what to do in an emergency. When attending courses like this, it’s so interesting to learn things that you thought you already knew. This course is run by highly qualified staff and is veterinary approved, so you know the information they provide to you on the day is sound, solid advice.

Hudley on one of our outdoor Pet Photography Photoshoots

Hudley on one of our outdoor Pet Photography Photoshoots

Some of the things we have learned have included dog CPR, how to help an injured dog and what should be in a dog first aid kit. We also purchased our own at the dog first aid course!

We asked Rachel at Dog First Aid South Wales to put together her top tips for dog owning. The information she has provided is just great, and we think it’ll really help you whether you’re welcoming a new dog into your home, or if you are already a devoted dog owner and lover.

Dog First Aid South Wales - Top Tips for Dog Owners

“When you take a dog into your home they become a member of the family. Whether they come to you as a puppy, an adolescent, a 5 year old, or in their retirement years we become their world. We provide them with shelter, food, enrichment, love, and exercise. It is also our responsibility to make sure they stay as healthy as possible – mental, emotional, and physical health and well-being should be paramount.

It is common knowledge that dogs need physical exercise, we know to take them out for a walk or run. However, maintaining their emotional and mental well-being can sometimes require a little bit more “out-of-the-box” thinking. Don’t be put off though, once you get started it can be as much fun for you as for your dog and help strengthen the bond between you. Utilising their senses, smell in particular, can be hugely enriching for our dogs. Whether you decide to get involved with some organised scent work or mantrailing events (there are lots of brilliant introductory sessions and ongoing courses) or whether you want to try something at home your dog will thank you. For ideas on enrichment games you can play at home for little or no cost you could look at the “Canine Enrichment” group on Facebook.

Unfortunately there is always the chance that your dog may become ill, pick up an injury, or be involved in an accident. Our dogs can’t speak to tell us if there is something wrong but there are ways to help your dog, to spot when there is something wrong and take action to get them appropriate help and treatment. Here are just a few top tips:

1. Know your dog!  If you get to know your dog’s normal vital signs and behaviour it makes it easier to spot changes or anything abnormal.

2. Get your dog used to being handled. This will help reduce stress and fear if they ever need to be examined due to illness/injury.

3. Keep an eye on their weight and eating habits. If your dog isn’t drinking or eating, or if your dog is gaining/losing weight, they may need veterinary attention.

4. Be aware of potential risks both in and out of the home in order to minimise the risk to your dog.

5. Make sure you have a dog first aid kit at hand in case of any injuries. Early intervention can save lives.

6. Always seek veterinary advice if you are concerned about your dog’s health.

7. If you are transporting a dog to the vet, always ring ahead first to let them know you are coming to ensure a vet is available.

8. In an emergency check for dangers, call for help, secure the dog, and then assess the dog (in that order).

If you’re unsure of what to do in an emergency and would like more information and training then sign up to a Dog First Aid course where you can be taught how to act in a variety of different scenarios, how to identify areas where your dog may be experiencing pain or discomfort, and also what you can do to minimise the risks to your dog. Information on upcoming courses can be found at www.dog-first-aid.com along with the opportunity to sign up to our fact-filled newsletters.”

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We would like to take the time to thank Rachel from Dog First Aid South Wales for putting this valuable information together. You may be asking ‘how do I get my pet first aid certified?’ or ‘What should be in a dog first aid kit?’ - All information is available on the Dog First Aid website here.