All Creatures is going to be offering a canine first aid and CPR course early next month.
Jennifer Ward, a certified instructor with Canine Health Canada, will be guiding the session on Dec. 7 at All Creatures site north of the city. The event starts at 9:30 a.m. and will go throughout the day.
It started with All Creatures bringing in Ward to update training for the staff, so that they are adequately certified.
Then they thought it would be good to sponsor the staff of the Estevan Humane Society as well.
“In order to help us help them, we opened the course up to the general public to see if anybody else would be interested,” said Klassen. “It just helps me get a few more people in the course.”
The goal is to have 15-20 participants. If they have that many, then they might be split in two and a second course might be offered. And should they have enough for two classes, then they might extend the program to some of the volunteers at the humane society as well.
The deadline to register is Nov. 25.
“There are lots of people involved with dogs,” said Klassen. “They have pets or they are pet care professionals, so there are lots of people interested.”
Participants will learn first aid tips and techniques for dogs, including emergency first aid such as CPR.
Klassen said there is a need for a course for this in the community. People enjoy taking their dogs hiking and camping, and they should be prepared in case something happens to their dog.
“It certainly can’t hurt to be prepared if your dog manages to hurt themselves.”
If there’s enough demand in the community, then Klassen said they would be prepared to offer the course again.