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