Course overview
Dates and bookings

As a dog lover, dog owner or dog professional, learn basic life saving and first aid techniques, such as CPR, choking and poisoning on our CPD accredited and certified 3 hour dog first aid course. Our dog first aid courses are run by qualified pet first aid instructors who are also registered nurses and/or specialist canine first aid trainers. All instructors have lived with canine friends.

Our online First Aid for Dogs course is currently priced just £19 in our Summer Sale (usually £29)! Ends 5th September.

We have 3 great options for you:

Face to face in person courses
Participants are invited to join First Aid for Dogs and learn canine first aid in Brighton & Hove, Angmering (perfect for Littlehampton, Worthing and Horsham), London Victoria, Guildford and Woking. Our locations make the courses accessible for anyone living or working in Sussex, Surrey and London. Includes certificate and course manual.

Sussex £49pp
Surrey £55pp
Central London £59pp


Virtual Zoom course
We also now offer a full online virtual live course with our instructor over Zoom. This is a great way to learn canine first aid when you are unable or would prefer not to travel to a venue or join a face to face course. Learn at home with your furry friend. NEW Zoom in September. Your furry friend is welcome to join you on this course from the comfort of your own home. Includes e-certificate and course manual.

On Zoom: £39pp. We also offer Zoom group courses for your own group.


Fully online distance learning course
We also now offer a fully online distance learning course. This is a great way to learn canine first aid from the comfort of your own home, at your own pace and in your own time. Learn at home with your furry friend. With our online first aid for dogs courses you can start at any time, work at your own and have 3 months to complete the training. Includes e-certificate. Course manual optional for an additional fee.

Our online First Aid for Dogs course is currently priced just £19 in our Summer Sale (usually £29)! Ends 5th September.


Our course has been Continuing Professional Development (CPD) accredited by The CPD Standards Office. All of our certificates are CPD accredited.

Under 16's are welcome to book a place on this course but must be accompanied by an adult. We recommend this course is suitable for young people age 14 and over. For younger children we do offer our Kids to the Rescue course.

Our teachers don't tell ‘horror stories’ but draw upon everyday examples whilst covering and managing a wide range of topics.

What we cover
  • The vet and your role in first aid
  • Keeping your pet safe in an emergency
  • Car accidents
  • Dog proofing your home
  • How dogs show pain
  • Checking your dogs health

Dog accidents and first aid

  • Breathing and respiratory problems including choking
  • Dog CPR and drowning
  • Shock
  • Broken bones, spinal injury and moving an injured dog
  • Controlling bleeding
  • Dressings and bandages including the ear and tail
  • Paw problems
  • Ears, eyes and mouth
  • Illnesses
  • Poisoning, bites and stings
  • Burns and temperature related problems
  • Seizures and epilepsy
  • Dealing with the older dog, puppies and young animals
  • Pet first aid kits


Face to face at one of our venues: £49 - 59pp (venue dependant)
Virtual over Zoom: £39pp
Online distance learning: Our online First Aid for Dogs course is currently priced just £19 in our Summer Sale (usually £29)! Ends 5th September.
Host your own from: £32pp (minimum numbers apply).

Do you have a group of pet lovers or pet professionals that want to learn first aid for their pets?

We offer at-home courses for groups of friends and colleagues who wish to learn in a familiar environment. Our at-home courses are a cost-effective way for a group of anywhere between 4 and 30 participants to learn First Aid for Dog skills. Due to social distancing courses may need to have reduced numbers for everyones safety. Why not get your group together for training over Zoom - this can be a great way to train at the moment and can reduce cost, travelling and social distancing is not an issue. Take a look at our Host your own course page for more details.

Frequently asked questions:

Can I bring my dog?
As much as we love dogs unfortunately we cannot have any on our open courses. We have lots of mannequin dogs who are more than happy to be bandaged over and over again and practiced on. For the virtual Zoom course your dog can join you from your sofa!

Do I get a certificate?
Yes you get a CPD certified certificate of attendance/completion for First Aid for Dogs. This is valid for 3 years. On face to face courses this is handed to you on the day. On virtual and distance learning courses this will be emailed to you with 1-2 weeks.

Do you give any handouts?
For our face to face courses you will receive a First Aid for Dogs course manual covering everything we cover on the course and more. For virtual courses this will be posted to your home or work address (UK only). There is an option to purchase this on our fully online course.

Does this only cover dogs?
No this course covers cats and other small pets.

If I book the distance learning course can I work at my own pace?
Absolutely. You can start as soon as you wish and have up to 3 months to complete the course. Our online First Aid for Dogs course is currently priced just £19 in our Summer Sale (usually £29)! Ends 5th September.

I have a group of people and would like a course in my home or venue.
We would love to come and teach your group. We can also offer this on Zoom. More information about hosting your own course is available on the website here, or get in touch to find out more.

How big are the groups face to face courses?
We try and keep our open courses to a maximum of 12-14 people. Many of our courses at present are smaller due to keeping 2m social distancing measures in please. You can also host your own course with social distancing in place. In House or At Home courses. Our virtual Zoom courses have a maximum of 8 screens to allow everyone to be able to join in and gain the most from their training.

Do I have to own a dog to come to the course?
No not at all. We have many people attend as they just love dogs!

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I loved that it was efficient, straightforward and a cert is sent straight out. I'll be sending all my colleagues on and will encourage my clients to do on the course.
Zoom course participant, November 2020

Julie broke things down into layman terms very well so that absolutely anyone could understand. I've done other courses which are less so.
Zoom course participant, November 2020

It was so good I cant thank you enough.
Zoom course participant, November 2020

The tutor (Sarah) was great, and really made sure it all worked over Zoom. I really enjoyed it.
Zoom course participant, October 2020

It gave me great confidence in doing first aid.
Zoom course participant, October 2020

I really enjoyed this course, the instructor was very friendly and I found it very informative. I'm a dog walker and feel that after being on this course I would feel more than confident if anything happened to one of the dogs. Well presented and good value for money, I would definitely recommend this course for all dog lovers.
Kate, Dog Walker

A really good course! I learnt so much and feel I could help save the life of my own dogs, and those who I look after, in the event of an emergency, although I hope I don't find myself in that position! For anyone who looks after a dog as a pet or in a professional capacity I highly recommend First Aid for Dogs! I feel much more comfortable knowing that I could do something to help them in different situations rather than not knowing what to do and feeling useless! Brilliant course! Thank you.
Amanda, Dog Walker

As a pet owner I found this course to be very informative & would highly recommend it to all dog owners. The instructor made it easy to understand.
Ali, Pet Owner

Very pleased to have completed the canine first aid course with Julie and colleagues. It was a very informative morning, clearly delivered with lots of opportunity to practise and ask questions.
Highly recommended.
Chris, Dog Trainer

Very informative and good fun. A nice mix of theory and practical skills.
Ben, Dog Walker

Excellent course and a great instructor! I would definitely recommend it.
Ellie, Dog Walker