Would you know what to do if your dog or a dog in your care was seriously unwell or injured?

Canine First Responder Course

DW Dogs is pleased to be able to offer the Canine First Responder Course. It’s the only dog first aid course approved by Emergency First Response, the largest certification agency for First Aid and CPR training.

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Learn Critical Dog First Aid Skills

The Canine First Responder Course is designed to give you an understanding in how to administer first aid and CPR to a dog in an emergency situation. The dog first aid and secondary care knowledge you learn will enable you to act with confidence during an emergency situation until a vet arrives or so you can safely transport a dog to the vet.

What you will learn on the Canine First Responder Course

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The course covers both primary canine first aid and secondary care. It lasts a full day and requires some self-study. You will learn:

  • How to assess the scene/emergency situation
  • The effective use of barriers
  • Safe muzzling
  • Primary Assessment
  • Injury Assessment
  • Illness Assessment
  • How to perform canine CPR & Rescue Breathing
  • What to do when a dog is choking
  • How to deal with serious bleeds
  • How to recognise and what to do if a dog has shock or heatstroke
  • What to do in the event of canine neck and spinal injuries
  • Effective canine bandaging techniques
  • How to use splints for canine fractures and sprains
  • And much more!

Our workshops and courses are suitable for people of all abilities.  This hands-on course can be adapted for people with disabilities. PAs and assistance dogs are very welcome. Just let us know your requirements before you book your place.

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Dionne Worth

Dionne Worth

Canine First Responder Instructor

I am a certified Canine First Responder Instructor.  I have been teaching canine first response, first aid, and secondary care since 2018.


Canine First Responder Courses

We hold several Canine First Responder (CFR) Courses throughout the year.  Courses qualify for Continued Professional Development (CPD) Credit. Proof of CPD can be provided with the CFR course certificate issued if requested.

Do you want to hold your own private group Canine First Responder Course? Get in touch!

Book Your Canine First Responder Course Today!

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Who is the Canine First Responder Course For?

This in-depth course is open to anyone over 16 years of age who is interested in emergency care and first aid for dogs. The course is suitable for:


Dog owners


Dog walkers


Kennel workers


Dog daycare business


Dog Trainers


Pet/Dog sitters


Dog groomers


Dog show and events organisers


Dog handlers

Canine First Responder Course. It’s the only dog first aid course approved by Emergency First Response, the largest certification agency for First Aid and CPR training.

Canine First Responder Course can also be delivered to groups of 6 or more at your location. Get in touch for more information.

More About the Canine First Responder Course

The Canine First Responder Course lasts a whole day and comprises of two sections:

1. Primary Care

This section of the course lasts half the day. It will show you how to deal with emergency situations involving dogs including:

  • Scene assessment
  • Use of barriers
  • CPR and rescue breathing
  • Spinal injury management
  • Shock management
  • Serious bleeding
  • Choking

Primary Care may be taken as a separate half-day canine “first aid” course. Check our course dates for availability.

2. Secondary Care

The secondary care section of the course will enable you to:

  • Effectively assess injuries and illness
  • Deal with minor wounds
  • Apply splints for fractures and sprains

Together, both sections provide the complete CFR Course. On completion of both sections, not only will you be competent in first aid for dogs and have the skills to provide first aid and care to a dog until it a vet arrives, you will receive an internationally recognised certificate.

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