At the local park today I met Dogsafe Certified owner Colleen out for a ride with her husband Al and of course Sophie. Sophie's carrier is most impressive, built in harness, vents , compartments for food and leash, and it doubles as a kennel on an overnight trip. Riding double, Colleen carries a small mirror that allows her to keep an eye on Sophie in back. Awesome I say and a lot safer than how alot of dogs travel.
Being only 12yrs old Sahej's parent signed a waiver for her to attend. It's a long day with information overload for a younger person but she passed the test without help. Great job Sahej!!
This Dogsafe Level One class we are trying out a new location, the Best Western Comfort Inn on the Langley Bipass. Being a dog friendly hotel they've welcomed Quincy into their board room no problem.
What is Dogsafe Level One? http://www.k9abcs.com/about-dogsafe-canine-first-aid.html
If interested in this Langley Fall class register soon as seats are limited. That's on Saturday, Sept 20th 2014 9am-5pm
taxes incl $145.95, this includes a manual and 3yrs certification. Please spell your name on the registration form as you wish it to be on your certificate. If you are a paramedic in B.C. or a member of either CCPDT, IACP or the IAABC your training will qualify you for CE credits.
You can register here
Did you know that Dogsafe Level One will earn Paramedics in B.C. 4 CE credits. That's right. As an instructor I submitted for credits last year and it was accepted. I have the letter stating that our 8 hr level one class is valued at 4 credits.
Why, one may ask, is it relevant? For different reasons. For starters, a lot of the methods and physiology is the same or similar to humans so it's a good refresher.
Also, as first responders we can easily be faced with dogs on scene (MVI's, fires, when the pt is to ill to contain the dog prior to our arrival). Are they friendly or not, approachable or not? Dogsafe will teach you how to read a dog's nonverbal cues, to help determine if a scene is safe and how to more safely approach a dog.
Another situation is when your patient has a service dog. The dog will be a big part of the scene, like it or not. Are you ready to deal with this type of situation?
And of course, what if the dog is injured themselves. The humans are the priority but sometimes a human will not be able to think of themselves first if their dog is in a life threatening situation. A little on our part can go a long way.
Dogsafe Level One classes are held in various places in BC but if you'd like to be taught by a fellow paramedic you can sign up with K9ABCs.
Next class Sept 20 in Langley 9am-5pm at the Best Western on the Bipass $139 +tax
Quincy turned nine today, and is doing awesome. To celebrate we hiked Dog Mountain in N Van (not nearly as epic as that may sound lol). She made some friends after in the parking lot (5-9 yr olds) who made her work for her treats, a great finish to our little hike.
A big part of keeping her healthy is prevention. Regular head to tail exams by myself, brushing out her hair, watching for mats (often started by her harness), trimming her nails, packing enough water and food for her on our adventures, plenty of exercise and mental stimulation, transporting either in her seatbelt or kennel, good quality food, and lots of love.
Here's some pictures of her last year.
Join K9ABCs on Sept 7, at the SPCA Paws for a Cause to help raise funds to help with the protection of animals in need. K9ABCs will be present to voluntarily assist in any first aid needs for either humans or pets alike.
One can also register for upcoming DOGSAFE classes with K9ABCs. Sept 20th in Langley or Nov 8th in Chilliwack.
"I attended the March 06, 2021 K9ABCs first aid course run by Laurie. Excellent presentation of the material - Laurie is an amazing teacher combining the book material with personal experience both as a paramedic and as a dog lover. What stood out for me was the dog 'Annie': a rubber dog to practice all the handling skills needed for an emergency - CPR, assisted breathing, pulse check. Class was run in a highly professional manner with love an care for animals exuding at all times. All of it with COVID restrictions in place and well observed. Thank you Laurie, I'll be back for refreshers when time comes." Violeta Toma, 2021